Reports & Publications

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.

IPCC report on Global Warming

IPCC report on Global Warming

“An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty”. A must read for all those involved in energy transition programmes !
Read more ….

Role of gas vs natural gas

Role of gas vs natural gas

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”.

[Sept. 2018] desired CO2 reductions are well behind targets

[Sept. 2018] desired CO2 reductions are well behind targets

Interesting article in the Dutch newspaper FD dated September 15, 2018, in which the so-called global ‘Climate Gap’ is explained in more detail. Because of the conclusions of the “Paris agreement” in 2015, nearly 200 countries have submitted a so-called NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions), in which the CO2 targets are mentioned. Practice shows, however, that there are quite a few deviations worldwide. It is worrying to read this interim state of affairs, because we do not seem to keep the future temperature rise below 2 degrees. So action is needed, even though many countries do not yet fully understand this.

See also the analysis and work by the “Climate Action Tracker”; an organisation supported by Ecofys / Navigant; read more ….

See also the graph with the projected temperature development over the coming years, as a function of policy measures and actual actions; read more ….

CBS: 10% more electricity from renewable sources (eg. wind, solar) in the Netherlands in 2017.

CBS: 10% more electricity from renewable sources (eg. wind, solar) in the Netherlands in 2017.

Statistics Netherlands’ figures (ex CBS) show that 10% more electricity from renewable sources was generated in the Netherlands in 2017 compared to 2016. The share of sustainably generated electricity in total electricity consumption rose from 12.5% ​​in 2016 to 13.8% in 2017. In 2017, electricity production from renewable sources was 17 billion kWh. And the share of solar energy was approximately 2.1 billion kWh. The installed capacity of solar panels in the Netherlands increased sharply in 2017 and is estimated at more than 2.7 gigawatts. However, we still have a long way to go to meet the Paris targets. And the potential for much more solar energy in the Netherlands is there. Read more …..