The Future of Urban Energy

It's unlikely that our current energy system will be able to continue to guarantee reliability in the future as different factors cause a massive impact on our energy supply.

Although electricity use in Amsterdam is relatively stable today, this will change in the near future. Due to expected population growth, increasing use of electric vehicles and the shift from gas boilers to electric heat pumps, we will start consuming more and more electricity.

On the other hand, and at the same time, the supply of solar and wind energy is growing rapidly. This sustainable energy will replace non-renewable energy increasingly into the system. Unfortunately, this is not without complications.

With all these changes ahead: how can we transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system? In the below long-read we explain how we work on the future of urban energy.


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Hans Keesom

When a read goes this long and complex I stop reading. If there was a clear vision it would read much easier. More words do not make the vision more clear, the right words do.

Here is an attempt to make a short read.
1 : We need to synchronise usage more with production.
2 : We need buffers in the network for two reasons :
2a : limited network capacity
2b : disconnecting the moment of generation from the moment of usage.

In the network we have producers and consumers. Some are both.
Each producer and each (group of) users should be connected to the grid through some storage they own themselvers. This connection to the grid is controlled by the network authority that will decide when to fill and when to empty each storage. They will make sure the storage of consumers is always above X% and the storage of each produces will always be below Y% as long as consumption/production is limited to a certain number of watts.

To get producers to buy storage offer them a higher price for energy at the moments you want them to deliver to the grid. For those producers not willing to join into this system, offer low prices all the time.
To get consumers to buy storage offer them a lower price for energy at hte moments you want them to use from the grid. Consumers not willing to join this system raise keep them on high prices 24/7.

Prices should not only vary from moment to moment but also from location to location in the grid. That way local problems can be solved locally without having an effect elsewhere.