By making our home more sustainable and with the introduction of the electric car, we are introducing all kinds of new technologies into our lives. Thinking of for instance solar panels and associated inverters, heat pumps, electric cooking, use of apps to monitor energy consumption, the electric car with battery, charging points for electric cars, etc. When installing an Energy Management System (EMS), various devices in our home will communicate with each other via wireless connections.
These useful devices, aimed at a sustainable society, cause electric fields and/or magnetic fields. By the way, our TV, the computer and other electrical devices do that too. This can raise questions such as: how strong are these fields? Do the electromagnetic fields have potential negative health effects?
Fortunately, we have an independent Knowledge Platform in the Netherlands, the Knowledge Platform ElectroMagnetic Fields and Health (EMV), which provides clear answers and information to public questions or concerns. The Knowledge Platform EMV includes: RIVM, TNO, DNV GL, GGD GHOR Netherlands, Telecom Agency, ZonMw and Milieu Centraal. The Health Council of the Netherlands has an advisory function.
It states that by 2030 all new cars must be emission-free. This means that 1.9 million electric passenger vehicles will be on the road. To be able to load them, an estimated 1.7 million charging points are needed. In addition, strong growth is expected in electric transportation. The agreements laid down in the NAL must ensure that the loading requirements of all these vehicles can be met. Read more …. (Dutch version only).
On Friday, October 25, an event was held in Groningen (NL) with the theme “Doing Things Together”. The event was organised by the new Energy Commons Institute, and was hosted by the Centre for Vocational Training “Leerbouwen”.
More than 150 attendees saw different organisations sharing their knowledge and experiences, in interactive sessions, with respect to sustainable solutions in the build environment.
A gas-free central heating boiler was introduced at the end of the event; applied in a new heating system (> 500kW) which has been installed on the roof of “Leerbouwen”.
For further information we refer to the ECI website; www.eci.institute/en.
NB. Leerbouwen has been established for people with and without distance to the labour market. In close cooperation with the business community, municipalities, UWV, Werk in Zicht and employment agencies, they provide customised training courses. Read more ….
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 ….
NKL, the independent knowledge platform for EV charging infrastructure, presents the results of the 2017 costing benchmark study. The cost of public EV charging infrastructure is this year continuing to decline by approximately 35% since 2013. Together with governments, knowledge institutions and market actors, the NKL’s assessment is that in 2017 the focus will shift from cost reduction to market professionalisation. To enable the market to develop further, the NKL is introducing the public EV charging market maturity model.
Trend in cost reduction continues towards 40%
The trend in cost reduction observed in 2016 has continued in 2017. Non-recurring costs fell by almost 35% in the period from 2013 (baseline year) to 2017. This trend, which includes increased power consumption (kWh) per charging station per day, is expected to continue until 2020. On this basis the benchmark study predicts a drop in one-off and periodic costs in 2020 of up to 40% – further bolstering the business case for public charging.
Throughout the European Union and beyond, electric vehicles are more and more in the spotlight. Currently, legislation has been created to ensure transparency at charge points across the continent. The use of open protocols is increasingly required to achieve a single European playing field. (more…)