DeltaGrid 2050, South Holland

Perspectives on the South Holland energy infrastructure

On July 1, 2019, the DeltaGrid 2050 vision was offered to the South Holland representative Adri Blom-Lenstra. A research by design project oriented at the exploration of future energy infrastructure for the South Holland energy system.

How do we deal with energy if all sources and different energy carriers - molecules, electrons and heat - are connected and interchangeable? What happens if millions of energy users also become producers as well, continuously, automated and digitalized interacting with the energy system as consumers and suppliers? And how will this system work if all users have ultimate freedom to create their own energy infrastructure, or when the government makes decisions based on cost efficiency throughout the chains?

Together with Fabrications, Studio Wolfpack and Kamangir, commissioned by the province of South Holland and the Energy Innovation Board, two perspectives - ultimate freedom in an energy patchwork and ultimate efficiency in an energy mainframe - are related to the digitization of our energy system: the Internet of Energy. This leads to two entirely different futures for the province of South Holland, with huge systemic differences, as well as economical, societal and institutional challenges. A synthesis of these perspectives explores how a robust energy infrastructure with room for local initiatives could appear, and where a patchwork or a mainframe approach would be dominant.

StudioMarcoVermeulen b has worked on the regional elaboration and implementation of the Circular Mainframe, a robust and future-proof energy and raw material system using a multi-commodity backbone structure. We previously developed this Circular Mainframe on behalf of the Klimaattafel Industrie and offers scope and direction to many initiatives from various stakeholders and users.

[b The DeltaGrid 2050 vision can be downloaded here. b

year
2019

team
ir. Marco Vermeulen, ir. Bram Willemse, ir. Joost van der Waal

in cooperation with
FABRICations, Studio Wolfpack and Kamangir

programme
Energitransition
Energy infrastructure


status
Research by design

client
EnergyInnovation Board South Holland in collaboration with the province of South Holland

website
staatvan.zuid-holland.nl

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DeltaGrid 2050: the Mainframe with interconnected energy systems ensures that local Patchwork initiatives are supported.
DeltaGrid 2050: the Mainframe with interconnected energy systems ensures that local Patchwork initiatives are supported.
Mainframe 2050: cost-efficient energy system over the entire chain from source to supply
Mainframe 2050: cost-efficient energy system over the entire chain from source to supply
Smart Thermal Grid: geothermal for the low temperature heat demand of the built environment
Smart Thermal Grid: geothermal for the low temperature heat demand of the built environment
A number of crucial energy system components, linked to energy and / or resource flows, can be identified that contribute to a robust and future-proof energy system.
A number of crucial energy system components, linked to energy and / or resource flows, can be identified that contribute to a robust and future-proof energy system.
With the focus on integrated chain optimization in making energy and resources more sustainable, commodities, conversions and modes of transport are of great importance.
With the focus on integrated chain optimization in making energy and resources more sustainable, commodities, conversions and modes of transport are of great importance.
Cost efficiency of CO2 reduction measures serves as the basis for system choices in the Mainframe perspective.
Cost efficiency of CO2 reduction measures serves as the basis for system choices in the Mainframe perspective.
Comparison of chain costs for heating systems. Geothermal and heat networks: high initial investments in energy infrastructure but considerably cheaper throughout the entire chain
Comparison of chain costs for heating systems. Geothermal and heat networks: high initial investments in energy infrastructure but considerably cheaper throughout the entire chain
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