NZKG aerial view: with the Petrol dock in the foreground
NZKG aerial view: with the Petrol dock in the foreground

North Sea Canal Area Energy Transition

Noordzeekanaal

A development strategy for the energy transition

The ambition of the North Sea Canal Area Governance Platform (NZKG) is to make the largest possible contribution to the energy transition and circular economy in the international competitive position of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (MRA). The advice on an energy transition development strategy for the NZKG describes the basic steps for the short term and the other important directions for development.

[b] StudioMarcoVermeulen b has, in collaboration with CE Delft, commissioned by the North Sea Canal Area project office, contributed to the development strategy for the energy transition in the North Sea Canal area.

As a port area and an industrial cluster, the North Sea Canal Area is an important link within the Netherlands BV.

Current situation
Current situation
As a port area and an industrial cluster, the North Sea Canal Area is an important link within the Netherlands BV. Large flows of energy and raw materials enter the area by sea and are processed, stored and transshipped here to be transported. The North Sea Canal Area thus fulfills a crucial hub function from which the rest of the Netherlands and Northwestern Europe is served and meets their needs for energy and raw materials. In addition, many energy infrastructures pass through the Noorzeekanaal area. For example, the area has a number of important high-voltage grid nodes -HS stations- for the drainage of electricity production from the current power stations in the area and for the supply to large electricity users. With the backbone of natural gas through the area, CO2 sources, and other infrastructures such as waterways, roads and railways, the North Sea Canal Area can play an important role in the energy transition of the Netherlands and thus also towards a sustainable Netherlands BV. In addition, this area is being looked at expressly for landing the energy infrastructure from offshore wind farms.

The North Sea canal area as a port area and industrial cluster will have to be transformed towards a greener energy hub in 2050 in order to be able to achieve large CO2 reductions but also to increase the future-proofness of the area. This resilience is essential to be able to continue to fulfill its hub function in the changing world. With this, the North Sea Canal Area clearly takes its place in the Dutch energy system.

Making multiple energy infrastructures future-proof and robust whereby exchange can also take place between the different infrastructures seems to be the best strategy for both the short and the long term. In addition, it will also have to be explored whether exchange and synergy is possible within (and between) other clusters in the Netherlands, and which types of energy infrastructures fit in with this.
NZKG as a sustainable electricity supplier for the MRA
NZKG as a sustainable electricity supplier for the MRA
CO2 as a raw material (not underground)
CO2 as a raw material (not underground)
NZKG biobased: large-scale production of liquid fuels
NZKG biobased: large-scale production of liquid fuels
NZKG biobased - no large-scale specific production in NZKG
NZKG biobased - no large-scale specific production in NZKG
Power to Gas
Power to Gas
NZKG national / international hydrogen hub
NZKG national / international hydrogen hub
Synthesis of development options
Synthesis of development options
IJmond aerial view of Tata Steel
IJmond aerial view of Tata Steel
Current CO2eq emissions in the NZKG
Current CO2eq emissions in the NZKG
Systemic map of energy and raw material flows in NZKG in 2018
Systemic map of energy and raw material flows in NZKG in 2018
Systemic map of energy and raw material flows in NZKG in 2030
Systemic map of energy and raw material flows in NZKG in 2030
Systemic map of energy and raw material flows in NZKG in 2050
Systemic map of energy and raw material flows in NZKG in 2050
Future perspective CO2 network 2050
Future perspective CO2 network 2050
Future perspective high voltage network 2050
Future perspective high voltage network 2050
Future perspective hydrogen network 2050
Future perspective hydrogen network 2050
year
2018

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

in cooperation with
CE Delft

status
Development strategy -finished

client
Projectbureau Noordzeekanaalgebied

website
www.noordzeekanaalgebied.nl

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