ENSEA at the Energy Convention in Groningen

ENSEA at the Energy Convention in Groningen

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This years’ Energy Convention (former Energy Delta Convention) in Groningen, 19th and 20th November, was again very successful , hosting up to 1000 visitors.

European North Sea Energy Alliance (ENSEA) joined the programme as a side event at the main stage on the 19th. Charles Groenhuijsen introduced and interviewed three key note speakers on various aspects of system integration for a secure sustainable energy future.

Hans van Breugel, managing director Tocardo (The Netherlands), presented the project Energising deltas. This project is about combining sustainable energy generation, like blue energy and tidal energy, with water management in delta areas. Partners in the project are Tocardo, REDstack, Strukton, Deltares, ECN, Erasmus University, Energy Valley and Tidal Testing Centre. According to Van Breugel this is a perfect export product that can be used in the North Sea area and is a great example of an innovative new way of sustainable energy generation.

Asbjørn Høivik of Lyse Produksion (Norway) explained how Hydropower plants are an opportunity for large scale energy storage in the North Sea Energy System. He indicates that most hydro power plants in Norway have storage capacities provided by reservoirs. Rogaland, partner in ENSEA, has the largest reservoir in Europe with approximately 5 % of the total amount of storage capacity in Europe.

Offshore green decommissioning is another area ENSEA focuses on. After showing the video about ENSEA Koos Lok of the Energy Valley Foundation in The Netherlands takes us further into the decommissioning story. Up to 600 offshore installations will be decommissioned in the coming 20-40 years, which brings along high costs. Looking at other options like re-use of the platforms in an ecological way seem to be very promising, according to Lok. “We are working towards a Masterplan of re-use within the energy infrastructures.”

The Energy Convention is organised by the Energy Academy Europe and Energy Valley Foundation and is an international platform for leading energy experts from various disciplines, sectors and countries. Each year the latest topics in the field of energy transition are discussed by senior representatives from research & development, business and governments. This convention offers an inspiring surrounding for visitors to learn about projects like ENSEA.

Download the presentation: ENSEA Event Energy Convention – 7MB


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