New Energy Hubs
Within the new energy hubs-line, we focus on three types of hubs: the North Sea, gas infrastructure reuse and circular industry.
In view of its location, the North Sea region is well-positioned for the development of wind energy at sea. Adjacent to the North Sea, a strong business and knowledge cluster has developed in terms of the position of the nation’s sea ports, links to existing infrastructure and the (chemical) industry.
Reuse of gas infrastructure
Existing extraction and purification installations will be closed down as a result of the phasing out of natural gas production in The Netherlands. This offers opportunities for reuse as sustainable energy hubs. At these gas production locations there is often (controlled) space and valuable infrastructure present, which can be used to produce and transport sustainable energy.
The (chemical) industry in The Netherlands is a major user of fossil fuels, both for processes and for its own energy supply. This is a major challenge in terms of sustainability. This can be done by switching to renewable sources and creating sustainable cycles.