Innovations & Developments

ACM: transmission tariffs cannot be an impediment to the construction of power storages

ACM: transmission tariffs cannot be an impediment to the construction of power storages

Note: ACM stands for The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets.

ACM reports on her website the following: “The different components of the transmission tariffs for electricity cannot be an impediment to the construction and development of power storage installations.” Read more by clicking here. A very good development for all homeowners and companies that want to become more sustainable.

 

For the recently performed market scan, click here for more information. (note the article is in the Dutch language).

IEA report: “Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future”

IEA report: “Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future”

In this IEA report, it’s mentioned that cities account for more than 50% of the global population, 80% of global GDP, two-thirds of global energy consumption and more than 70% of annual global carbon emissions. According to IEA, these factors are expected to grow significantly in the coming decades: it is anticipated that by 2050 more than 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, resulting in massive growth in demand for urban energy infrastructure. Read more by clicking here ……

European Commission legislative package “Fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels”

European Commission legislative package “Fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels”

On July 14, 2021, the European Commission adopted a package of proposals to make the EU’s climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.  Quite a lot has been published in the media about these plans, but we only refer to the following link, which clearly shows the details. Please click here for further information ……

Energy Post / IRENA: 18 energy transition scenarios to watch: where they agree and disagree

Energy Post / IRENA: 18 energy transition scenarios to watch: where they agree and disagree

Senior representatives of IRENA recently published a very interesting article in Energy Post. For further details, please click here.

In any case, I like to refer the readers to the interesting website of IRENA, full with relevant news articles, and their latest report: “World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C Pathway (Preview)”. For further information, please click here.

(IRENA : International Renewable Energy Agency)

IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit on March 31, 2021

IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit on March 31, 2021

We recommend readers to refer to the summary and video of the IEA, by clicking attached link.

The Summit is an important event on the road to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. It brought together decisionmakers and representatives of more than 40 countries covering more than 80% of global GDP, population and emissions. Focus was on the critical need for international collaboration and policy implementation to accelerate clean energy transitions. On May 18, the IEA will publish a wide-ranging roadmap for the global energy sector to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Good to continue monitoring these important developments.

Role of nuclear energy in the energy transition

Role of nuclear energy in the energy transition

We read with interest a recent article in the Dutch newspaper FD, in which prominent figures of the political party D66 advise the next Dutch government to seriously consider a role for nuclear energy from 2030. Our advice is to do this from a European perspective.

We would therefore like to recommend the politicians and readers of this website to also read the 2010 study by the European Climate Foundation (ECF). We have written about this before in previous blogs, but we would like to make reference to the Roadmap 2050 website again; https://www.roadmap2050.eu/.  The various reports (Roadmap 2050 (click here), Power Perspective 2030 (click here)) also clearly describe the role of nuclear energy. We understand the concerns and questions about how to deal with radioactive waste, but we believe that responsible solutions are (will be) available.

Potential of Green Hydrogen

Potential of Green Hydrogen

As can be viewed from previous blogs, we keep a close eye on the Hydrogen developments worldwide.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows on their website an extremely useful overview of the possibilities and applications of Green Hydrogen. Furthermore it makes a good distinction between Fossil fuel based grey hydrogen, blue hydrogen, turquoise hydrogen and green hydrogen. Costs developments are elaborated and show the full potential in the areas of energy transition. For further detail, please click here ….

Notes:  the various types of Hydrogen are nicely shown by IRENA on their website:

  • Fossil fuel based grey hydrogen (source = methane of coal; process = steam methane reforming (SMR) or gasification).
  • Blue hydrogen (source = methane or coal; process = SMR or gasification with carbon capture).
  • Turquoise hydrogen (source = methane; process = pyrolysis).
  • Green hydrogen (source = renewable electricity (e.g. offshore wind energy and solar energy); process = electrolysis).
  • Majority of hydrogen produced today is grey hydrogen, but the potential for green hydrogen is huge.

We also refer to previous articles on our website:

Other interesting references are:

EU (new) 2030 Climate Target plan

EU (new) 2030 Climate Target plan

The European Commission states on its website:

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2030 Climate Target Plan

The Commission’s proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 sets Europe on a responsible path to becoming climate neutral by 2050.

Based on a comprehensive impact assessment, the Commission has proposed to increase the EU’s ambition on reducing greenhouse gases and set this more ambitious path for the next 10 years. The assessment shows how all sectors of the economy and society can contribute, and sets out the policy actions required to achieve this goal.

Objectives

  • Set a more ambitious and cost-effective path to achieving climate neutrality by 2050
  • Stimulate the creation of green jobs and continue the EU’s track record of cutting greenhouse gas emissions whilst growing its economy
  • Encourage international partners to increase their ambition to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C and avoid the most severe consequences of climate change

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With this latest reduction, the ambitions of the EU significantly increase: a reduction of 40 percent had previously been agreed. Hence great news !

But there is a lot of work to do, to achieve this. However, this new plan creates various opportunities for us.

Read more …..

Are electric cars just as safe as fuel-powered cars? And what are the safety aspects in closed spaces?

Are electric cars just as safe as fuel-powered cars? And what are the safety aspects in closed spaces?

Consultancy firm CE Delft concludes that electric cars are just as safe as cars which run on fuel.

Commissioned by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (“RVO”) and on behalf of the “Nationale Agenda Laadinfrastructuur (NAL)” (freely translated: National Agenda for Charging Infrastructure), CE Delft conducted a study. Read more ……

The safety of cars in closed spaces (parking garages) has also been examined. Parking garages in the Netherlands must comply with the 2012 Building Decree (Rijksoverheid, 2011). However, the safety conclusions are not yet clear when referring to the mentioned report. More information is expected in 2021. We keep a close eye on further developments.

IEA Renewables 2020 report: interesting dynamic data-dashboard

IEA Renewables 2020 report: interesting dynamic data-dashboard

IEA has included in their Renewables 2020 report a very interesting dynamic data-dashboard, which will enable readers to examine historical data and investigate forecasts for various sectors and technologies.

By clicking this link, one can see what this means for PV residential systems in the Netherlands.

We’re grateful for these innovative and insightful developments by IEA !

More insight helps us all make the right decisions at the level of individual households, companies, regions and nations.