Clean Energy

SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

SAGE & UC Berkeley: Young Global Entrepreneurs compete to drive business innovation

Teenage entrepreneurs were coming to the University of California-Berkeley on August 7-12 to take the stage in a worldwide entrepreneurship competition; read more ….

Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE).
SAGE is an international network that links secondary school student organizations to mentors from local universities and businesses. Its purpose is to create a global community of teenage entrepreneurs sharing a common purpose: to make the world a better place. Under the direction of university student mentors, teenage SAGE teams create commercial and social ventures in an ethical and socially responsible manner.

SAGE Global is an international non-profit organization dedicated to teenage entrepreneurs who make the world a better place from the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. The first and most important goal is to end extreme poverty, according to the UN “the greatest challenge of our time”. There are also goals about health, education, clean drinking water, sustainable energy, less inequality and tackling climate change. SAGE wants to offer young people with a global vision the opportunity to contribute to this. This has become a worldwide success. The SAGE program has been extensively tested and is already running very successfully in 20+ countries.

Last week the country teams (25 countries) were competing against each other on the main stage in San Francisco during the SAGE Global Awards. The Netherlands participated for the first time this year and was represented by a team of three teenage entrepreneurs (Ilse, Lineke and Thijn), coaches (Tine and Bram). The Dutch “Energy Commons” team has been working towards SDG 7 goal #2 through setting up an Energy Common in Groningen, the Netherlands.

SAGE Netherlands works together with The Institute for Future of Living (IFL), Jong Ondernemen/VNO-NCW and SDG Nederland.
Tine van Heerikhuize and Bram Reinders will bring the SAGE competition to the Netherlands and Europe. Via this route a big compliment to Tine and Bram for their leadership and coaching. Investment in our young generation is so essential.

We have been proud to have co-sponsored the Dutch SAGE team participating at the SAGE Global event in San Francisco.

Heating existing homes on 100% hydrogen

Heating existing homes on 100% hydrogen

On June 25, 2019 for the first time in the Netherlands, existing houses in Rozenburg (ZH) were heated on 100% hydrogen.
Remeha is involved in this project. We naturally keep a close eye on this development. After all, as described earlier in various blogs, we see a very important role for hydrogen in the energy transition.
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IEA: tracking clean energy progress

IEA: tracking clean energy progress

The IEA is tracking clean energy progress, by assessing the latest information on how critical energy technologies and sectors are contributing to global clean energy transition. It shows that 7 technologies are on track (eg. solar PV, energy storage), 19 require more efforts (eg. offshore wind, hydropower), and 13 are not on track (eg. geothermal, CCUS in industry & transformation). Read more ….

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

IEA publishes interesting information on Energy storage, EVs, and RD&D Budget Database for Energy technologies

According to IEA, energy storage deployment reached a record level in 2018, nearly doubling from 2017.
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Year 2018 was another record-breaking year for global electric car sales (1.98 million), raising total global stock to 5.12 million, according to IEA analyses. Sales increased 68% in 2018….
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A very interesting Energy Technology RD&D Budget Database by the IEA allows users to track trends in spending by energy technologies in IEA countries back to 1977.
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Natural gas-free residential areas

Natural gas-free residential areas

We would like to draw the readers’ attention to recent information from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations regarding the “Analysis of project proposals (click here)” and the “Evaluation of pilot projects for natural gas-free residential areas (click here)”.
We would also like to refer you to the EnShared website.

CBS (statistics) Netherlands data on natural gas extraction and energy consumption from renewable sources in NL

CBS (statistics) Netherlands data on natural gas extraction and energy consumption from renewable sources in NL

According to Dutch CBS: Natural gas revenues from gas extraction in NL amount to nearly 417 billion euros.
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According to Dutch CBS: in 2018, renewable energy sources accounted for 7.4 percent of total Dutch energy consumption, up from 6.6 percent one year previously.
Solar energy consumption (for electricity and heat) increased by 40 percent. The use of energy from wind only increased by 4 percent (mainly due to onshore wind capacity).
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IEA interesting article: “Have the prices from competitive auctions become the “new normal” prices for renewables?”

IEA interesting article: “Have the prices from competitive auctions become the “new normal” prices for renewables?”

IEA mentions: “The use of competitive auctions has accelerated cost reductions for renewable technologies, such as solar PV, onshore wind and offshore wind, establishing price benchmarks that are recognised worldwide. However, these prices cannot be consistently followed, as each country and technology has different resource potentials, financing conditions and auction designs”.

In her article, the IEA further states: “overall trends show that recent bid prices for onshore wind and solar PV technologies for projects to be commissioned by 2023 range from USD 20 per megawatt hour (MWh) to USD 50/MWh. This corresponds to a 45-50% reduction in contract price for both technologies from 2017 to 2022/23; for offshore wind, the decline is almost two-thirds. It must be noted, however, that these auction prices are based on just a small portion of the total capacity to be commissioned under competitively determined remuneration schemes in the main-case forecast, so average prices may change with the announcement of new auctions. In addition, announced contract prices need to be verified as project delivery schedules and final costs may differ.”

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