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To improve the implementation of large innovative transition projects in Zuid-Holland, an investment platform should be established. That is the conclusion of the European Investment Bank.
The province started the Subsidy Scheme 'Asbestos Off, Sun On!' to encourage companies such as Houweling from Bleiswijk to make their business premises more sustainable. Houweling has 46,000 m2 of roof surface area, with which eventually, it will generate 3.7 MWp of solar energy.
With the aid of sensors on the banks, bridges and locks, the arrival time of inland shipping vessels can be indicated real-time with great accuracy. The traffic on roads and waterways are optimally attuned to each other by the smart use of ICT and data sets, as a result of which the waiting times at bridges are kept to a minimum. This was the reason why the Computable Awards 2018 panel nominated the project Smart shipping in Zuid-Holland in the category ‘Government ICT-project of the year’.
Rijkswaterstaat and the Province of Zuid-Holland will exchange knowledge and experience to further smart, clean and efficient inland shipping. The smart use of ICT and data sets in shipping, ‘smart shipping’, is key in this.
“Zuid-Holland is working hard on the transition to clean energy. Hydrogen is an important factor in this process. It allows us to reduce the CO2 emissions, to improve the quality of the air and to achieve the Paris climate targets. “The provinces of Groningen and Zuid-Holland are fully committed to green hydrogen to reduce the CO2 emissions”, Jaap Smit informed the vice-chairman of the European Committee Maros Šefčovič.
“Smart and clean transport in the Rhine Alpine corridor where borders do not form barriers, that is what is at stake”, said Floor Vermeulen during the Corridor Conference of the EGTC Rhine Alpine on 7 June. This collaboration between European regions is working on the corridor, which begins with the large ports such as Rotterdam and Antwerp, and then runs via the Ruhr area, across the Alps to Genoa.
"HIER opgewekt" compiled the Local Energy Monitor: a number of Zuid-Holland energy cooperations, realised projects and upcoming projects.
The province may rely on fulfilling a forerunner role in the cooperative movement, according to HIER opgewekt. Two of the very first citizen cooperations in The Netherlands, Windcoöperatie Delft and Deltawind, were founded almost 40 years ago in Zuid-Holland.
On Thursday 7 June, Fabrications and Kamangir presented the report 'Smart Multi-Commodity Grid, a map of the Zuid-Holland energy infrastructure'. This report lists the building blocks required for a future-proof energy system. It regards the sustainable sources, electrons and heat. Together with their infrastructure, they are the blood vessels of the future sustainable energy system. Their smart control through data-exchange, markets and roles is crucial, allowing dependent renewable sources to be balanced better during peaks in demand.
The horticultural chain has the potential to be the Energy Transition World Champion, Energy Commissioner Ruud Koornstra stated during the annual Greenport event. The horticultural supply chain in Zuid-Holland is on the right road to the ‘next economy'. What is needed now, is small-scale partnerships with new, fresh parties from inside and outside the horticulture cluster. That was the speakers’ main message during the fourth annual Greenport West-Holland event on 4 June 2018.
SeaBubble, an innovative vessel for passenger transport, makes its maiden voyage in Dordrecht, the first city in The Netherlands. Following the international presentation in Paris on Thursday, 31 May 2018, SeaBubble made its maiden voyage in the province of Zuid-Holland, in the Drechtsteden. Regional Minister Rik Janssen was the first Dutch test-user. The aldermen from the Drechtsteden were present as well.