Growth to come from emerging markets and offshore wind. Read more ….
A recent study by Navigant, for the “Gas for Climate consortium“, shows that a smart combination of hydrogen and green gas together with electricity is the optimal way to make the energy system CO2-free.
A good gas infrastructure will be needed in NL in order to sufficiently scale up the share of renewable gas by 2050 for the realization of a CO2-free and sustainable energy system at the lowest costs.
For more details refer to the Navigant website or Gasunie website.
The above message is a confirmation of what we have been arguing about a long time.
So let’s preserve what we have. And above all bring nuance in the discussion. We realise that different solutions for homes and businesses will continue to co-exist in the coming decades; natural gas-dependent solutions, hybrid solutions and so-called all-electric. We know that making the whole of the Netherlands all-electric is unrealistic in view of costs, physical (im)possibilities, the measures to be taken, time required for this, etc. The natural gas transition takes time and will have to be done in phases. Particularly when a municipality has made a decision to become ‘natural gas-free’ in a district. We realise that with the (generally) good gas infrastructure in the Netherlands there are various other solutions in the field of green gas and hydrogen. And that optimum use must be made of this. With transition solutions, so-called “no-regret” solutions must also be considered; after all, we cannot do everything at once. And it must remain affordable.
Dutch Climate agreement | 1 billion extra investments needed in the electricity grid for solar energy in the Northern part of the Netherlands
An article in Solar magazine, with the above-mentioned “headline”, published March 13, 2019, does something to us.
QUOTE “If the growth of solar energy continues, an extra 1 billion must be invested in the electricity grid in the north of the Netherlands to connect solar panels. This is apparent from the calculation of the Climate Agreement.
The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) conclude this in the report “Effects of draft Climate Agreement”. This report contains the calculation of the effects of the Draft Climate Agreement that was presented in December. The network costs have been mapped by TenneT and the 3 largest regional network operators Stedin, Enexis and Liander. This is based on assumptions about the interpretation of the production of renewable energy and the development of demand that are aligned with the PBL. “It has been taken into account that extra investments of around 1 billion euros in the high-voltage network are required if solar PV in the Northern Netherlands grows to a capacity of 3 to 4 gigawatts,” the PBL writes. “From 3 to 4 gigawatt peak solar PV in the Northern Netherlands, extra transport capacity is needed on the extra high-voltage network (EHS), which means that investments will be around 1 billion euros higher.” UNQUOTE
It has been known for quite some time that we need to increase our investments in our infrastructure. The writer of this blog who, as former director/CEO of KEMA and former CEO of Ecofys, has quite some knowledge of these subjects, wonders why our joint predictive capacity has not resulted in timely actions. We have the knowledge and therefore must be able as a society to choose and implement smart solutions in time.
On the other hand, this issue gives room for great alternatives, such as Storage! After all, flexibility and therefore storage is essential in the energy transition. For that reason, a related company, EnShared, is a member of the Flexiblepower Alliance Network.
NVDE: ECN study: Climate agreement can create more than 70,000 jobs
Interesting article; read more …..
CPB: Calculation of draft Climate Agreement
The recent calculation of the draft Climate Agreement by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) shows the implications of the existing climate policy and the various plans that the government wants to take towards 2030.
According to the calculation, the desired CO2 reduction will not be achieved with the existing plans, the industry is lagging behind in climate terms and especially the low income groups are affected in their wallets. The Cabinet responded by announcing that the energy tax increase will be reversed from 2020 and by establishing a (yet to be determined) “CO2 tax” for companies.
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Production of green gas has risen sharply in 2018
Read more in the article of ‘Duurzaam Bedrijfsleven’….
Report (*) Green Liaisons (“Renewable molecules in addition to sustainable electrons – Contours of a road map Renewable Gases 2050”)
(*): commissioned by: KVGN, Groen Gas Nederland, TKI Nieuw Gas, GasTerra en Gasunie
The Netherlands can produce around 2.6 billion m3 of green gas by 2030, and about 11 billion m3 by 2050.
That is considerably more than the more than 100 million m3 that the grid operators transported in 2017.
Read more ….
In 2030: 2 BCM green gas is potentially available for the built environment in NL
In a ‘Green Gas’ (**) workshop, held in November 2018 in The Hague, it was reported that it is possible to increase the production and supply of green gas in 2030 to such an extent that approximately 2 BCM for the built environment can be made available.
(**) workshop was held as part of the Follow-up Meeting Advisory Board Industry Table in the context of the activities concerning the Dutch climate agreement.
Navigant/Ecofys rapport: Gas for Climate
We have already reported on this before. The activities of, among others, Navigant/Ecofys show the enormous potential of green gas in Europe.
So when we talk about the use of green gas in the Netherlands, let’s also include the import factor.
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Groen Gas Nederland and CE Delft: Successful check on climate agreement plans for green gas in NL
The report states that green gas has a realistic potential in the Netherlands of 70 PJ (2 billion m3) per year in 2030. This results in a CO2 emission reduction of 3.6 Mton per year, plus 1-2 Mton per year in negative emissions.
Read more ….
Groen Gas Nederland
In any case, it is worth following the green gas developments closely via the website of Groen Gas Nederland; Click here for more information.
The different studies and route maps sometimes show different numbers and images, which is for many people difficult to follow.
However, all of this shows that green gas, in addition to hydrogen, can make a very important contribution to the energy transition.
More information will follow soon.
Producing hydrogen directly from solar energy and wind energy; very interesting developments from a cost and energy (energetic) point of view. More information will follow in due course.
Maritiem Nederland: Study maps feasibility of hydrogen as fuel
The 123-page study by the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen charts the trends and perspectives for the use of hydrogen in inland navigation. According to the researchers, there is no doubt about the feasibility of hydrogen as fuel.
Zeeland gas pipeline becomes hydrogen pipeline: first step to national network.
Gasunie: the Hydrogen Coalition – concrete plans for a flying start of the hydrogen economy
A group of 27 environmental organizations, knowledge institutions, governments and companies, including Gasunie, submitted a concrete proposal last week to the negotiation tables for the Dutch Climate Agreement. Read more ….
Enpuls: Research of producing Green Hydrogen
Is the production of green hydrogen economically feasible? Enpuls researched this in collaboration with TNO and DNV GL. Read the results in 3 reports and the summary.
Note: the fact that we refer to this topic, does not mean that we endorse all conclusions. But it shows that hydrogen is in the spotlight.
We believe in large-scale application of hydrogen in the industrial field, in the built environment, and as fuel for freight traffic and shipping. It is clear that there is still work to be done.
Many articles appear in the media, which could be pretty confusing to the average homeowner. We have already communicated before that a balanced approach for gas is needed. And to make all of the Netherlands homes all-electric, is not a very realistic scenario. Of course, certain (new) neighbourhoods can and will be free of natural gas. But various areas will continue to use natural gas for a long time in combination with other sustainable measures.
It is important to bring the role of sustainable gases in the spotlight. Green gas and hydrogen. Especially green gas can already be used in houses and there are already several effective solutions available. We generally have a good gas network in the Netherlands, where we can make good and smart use of it for many years to come. Read more ….
important work is done in Europe by the “Gas for Climate” initiative, which states: “Gas and its infrastructure are important today and continue to be important in 2050, providing that a shift takes place towards renewable and low carbon gas to meet the Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees. Gas for Climate: a path to 2050 advocates an affordable solution in the transition to a sustainable energy system.“. Read more ….
in this context it is worth to read a Ecofys report of 15 Feb. 2018; the summary includes:
“To achieve the Paris Agreement target of limiting global temperature increase to well below two degrees, a major redesign of the energy system is required. This study by Ecofys, a Navigant company, explores the role of gas in a fully decarbonised energy system by 2050. We conclude that it is possible by 2050 to scale up renewable gas (biomethane and renewable hydrogen) production in the EU to a quantity of 122 billion cubic metres by 2050. We also conclude that using this gas with existing gas infrastructure, smartly combined with renewable electricity in sectors where it adds most value, can lead to €138 billion societal cost savings annually compared to decarbonisation without a role for renewable gas”.
In the Dutch Budget (click here for a link), there is a clear paragraph on climate related aspects (pages 62 and 63).
“Minister Wiebes is working on a new subsidy scheme for households and companies that generate their own sustainable electricity. The new scheme focuses not only on the stimulation of solar energy, but also on other renewable energy sources such as wind energy. The starting point for the new subsidy scheme is to ensure an average payback period of around seven years. This is what Minister Wiebes of Economic Affairs and Climate writes in a letter to the House of Representatives on 15 June 2018 “. Read more ….
Existing home gas burners can function perfectly if 30% of natural gas is replaced by hydrogen in the existing grid, according to engineers from British Swansey University. Read more …
This is an increase of 10 percent relative to the previous year. Consumption of solar energy rose by over 30 percent. Read more …