En route to a smarter, future-proof energy system

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. Renewable energy sources need larger or more visible volumes; what does this mean for the spatial environment? The consequences will be taken into account in plans; at home, district and municipal, and provincial level. Exactly where the limit is, is an important question that respect.

Research commissioned by the Energy Innovation Board Zuid-Holland

This study shows that Zuid-Holland is an ideal place to develop an integrated energy system. The proximity of the second port of Europe, the Zuid-Holland greenhouse horticulture, urban but also rural area, plus the North Sea all offer opportunities for a sustainable energy system and a new economic model.

Han Weber, as chairman of the Energy Innovation Board ZH: “To map out the challenges and opportunities for a smart and future-proof energy system is of great importance to develop a common conceptual framework, to better understand the dialogue on energy transition and to see more clearly where the opportunities lie. That ensures better decisions with more social benefit." The next step is to prepare different spatial scenarios with our stakeholders. That way, we will reach an action programme on various scales, both at the level of the transition in the port, and on the local level of industrial sites such as Nieuw Reijerwaard or Energyhub A12 close to Zoetermeer.