The energy mix of tomorrow

The energy consumption in the Netherlands is currently made up of 40% natural gas, 40% oil, 12% coal, 3% nuclear and 5% renewable. In 2050, the share of natural gas will be considerably lower in a completely renewable and low CO2 energy supply. Wind, solar and biogas energy will lead the energy supply. But even then, natural gas is a necessary backup for securing our energy supply. Good cooperation between the natural gas sector and the sustainable sector is a prerequisite for a smooth transition period. Hereby, the gas sector can support offshore wind production in the North Sea.

Energy Mix (in %)

  • Natural gas
  • oil
  • Coal
  • Nuclear
  • Renewable

North Sea as

powerplant

The North Sea is slowly becoming a large power plant with gas production platforms, wind farms, tidal energy plants, algae cultivation etc.
Merging these creates an integrated energy system. Hereby the existing infrastructure, such as platforms and pipes, can be used for transport of generated energy. The platforms then switch over to electric energy and act as a hub to transfer, via the cable of the existing pipelines, wind energy to the shore. That is considerably cheaper than constructing completely new infrastructure. Additionally, ships and helicopters can be shared for inspections and maintenance. By thinking from a perspective of shared services and products, the North Sea as an integrated energy system, becomes more sustainable. Hereby, the supply of energy is guaranteed and the cost of renewable energy will decrease. One condition that exists, is that there is permanent investment in the developed of small fields and the associated infrastructure.

Power Park North Sea

Fact!

The Groningen field is one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world

Fact!

98% of Dutch households are connected to natural gas

Power2Gas

Power to Gas is an energy storage technology in which electric energy is converted into (hydrogen or methane) gas. Gas is namely more easily store than electricity. Through an increase of wind and solar energy, a gap may exist between demand and supply of electricity. A spike in use of electricity can be very different from a peak in the generation of electricity. At such a peak, excess electricity can be converted into hydrogen. By adding CO2 to this, synthetic gas is created which can be inserted into our natural gas network.

Green gas

In accordance with the Ladder 7, which indicates the most important choices are regarding CO2 emissions reduction, the gas industry is strongly committed to the development of green gas. This gas (for example, produced through the fermentation of waste) may be added to the existing natural gas network.

CO2 storage? Geothermal?

If the government opts for capture and storage of CO2, for example in depleted gas fields at sea, the expertise of the gas sector can be used in search for appropriate offshore CO2 storage fields. The sector can also contribute when it comes to the use of existing infrastructure at sea such as platforms and pipelines to transport and inject CO2. The same expertise can be applied to the use of geothermal energy as an energy source. If anyone has knowledge about and experience with our land, then it is in the natural gas sector. Consider the safe drilling for geothermal energy without our ground water or gas layers being affected. The same expertise can be applied to the use of geothermal energy as an energy source. Because if somewhere knowledge and experience of our land than it is in the natural gas sector. Think safe drilling for geothermal energy, without giving us any ground water or gas layers being hit/ affected. The natural gas and sustainable sector can here too make an important contribution to the transition.

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