Renewable energy

Great opportunities for renewable gas

Great opportunities for renewable gas

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.

Draft Climate agreement NL

Draft Climate agreement NL

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.
Read more ….

Institute for Future of Living

Institute for Future of Living

Thijs Aarten was in Curaçao on business from January 16-22, including participation (on behalf of EnShared and Zonatlas) in the Bon Bini Business Summit which was held in Willemstad from January 20-22, 2019. The summit was led by our Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Thijs Aarten was part of the “Institute for Future of Living (IFL)” team that investigated various areas of interest, including sustainability of the built environment. He is Strategy Counsel IFL; for more details about the IFL, see: https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/

For a link to summit, see: https://www.gobiernu.cw/nl/nieuws/persberichten/succesvolle-bon-bini-for-business-summit-krijgt-nog-dit-jaar-een-vervolg/

And for an update about the launch of Smart Cities Roadmap; see: https://instituteforfutureofliving.org/2019/01/official-launch-smart-city-roadmap-in-curacao/

The Green Elephant

The Green Elephant

The Dutch entrepreneur Rogier Buker and the Dutch New Zealander Dirk de Jong developed a unique opportunity with their company “The Green Elephant” in Africa (Uganda). And this all with …….. elephant grass!
Read more ….

The recent article in ‘Eindhovens Dagblad’ also nicely echoes the company’s main objectives; read more ….

Aarten Energy Solutions is supporting this company with achieving their goals. And we are very proud of this, because it is a development that offers important social, climatological and economic benefits for the local population.
For more information about “The Green Elephant” click here.

We will post news updates on our website at regular intervals.

Green gas, many developments can be reported here as well ….

Green gas, many developments can be reported here as well ….

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.
Read more ….

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.

In summary
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.

Hydrogen; many important developments going on, a few are mentioned below ….

Hydrogen; many important developments going on, a few are mentioned below ….

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.

Dutch national government [June 15, 2018] : “Refund subsidy will replace the offset scheme”

Dutch national government [June 15, 2018] : “Refund subsidy will replace the offset scheme”

“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 ….