Innovation and development

You want sustainable energy at an affordable price. We think that sustainability can be even better and more affordable. We are working together on innovations with partners such as the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and several universities, and encouraging new developments with investment and manpower from our own organisation.

Wind farm Eneco Luchterduinen

There are plenty of opportunities for innovation, especially when it comes to offshore wind farms – for example with regard to the foundations and installation methods. Specially for these kinds of applications, our partner Van Oord has developed a ship which can take four piles to sea and drive them, one after the other, in a fraction of the time, and at a lower cost. 

In addition to saving on materials, this innovation also saves costs, because we reduce the installation time at sea. In the next few years, the Netherlands will be demonstrating, with the construction of the Luchterduinen wind farm, that we take our commitment to sustainable energy generation and implementing the Energy Agreement very seriously.

 Pieter van Oord, CEO Van Oord

Smart grids

If you generate energy yourself, you also want to feed it back to the grid or sell it on if you are generating too much for your own use. Energy networks have to be ready for this. Smart meters form part of the solution. In many places, entire neighbourhoods are being supplied with smart meters, such as in the Hoeksche Waard area in South Holland. These meters give you direct insight into energy consumption, and can be read remotely. We are also providing new forms of transportation for industry and business using our networks, such as for steam in the Port of Rotterdam and for CO2 and heat for horticultural networks in Lansingerland and Pijnacker-Nootdorp.

The complex has a sustainable energy system with a smart heat pump in every flat which turns itself on and off based on residents' heating behaviour. Couperus also has a smart grid, which enables the exchange of information and energy, and coordinates the supply and demand of energy. Users consume energy when there is a sufficient supply and the energy tariff is at its lowest.

John Hodemaekers, manager Innovation Stedin

Nomad power

Hassle-free temporary power usage. On a campsite, in the port, on the market and at the funfair, you pay for the energy you actually use. With Nomad Power, we ensure that people who use power temporarily can pay for the power they have used conveniently, without any complicated arrangements or paperwork. For every target group, there is a separate solution. Shore-side electricity, for example, is an energy supply on the shore. Skippers can turn on the power themselves via their mobile phones or online. They receive a personalised invoice afterwards.

Google Glass

You also do not want our technician to take any longer than is strictly necessary. That is why you might encounter one of our people equipped with one of Google's latest gadgets: Google Glass. This is a pair of glasses with a small screen in the upper right hand corner which displays technical information about installations, and data about your energy consumption, the presence of any power-hungry appliances, and any possibilities for making savings. This enables the technician to work quickly and efficiently, and, if needed, give you a number of different energy-saving tips. We are currently still at the pilot stage, but it looks as though this new application is, indeed, making our work better and more efficient.

Direct current

Direct current is being used more and more for public lighting nowadays. Municipalities have advanced plans to construct tens of thousands of kilometres of new public lighting networks in the next few decades. Direct current is particularly suitable because the costs of construction and maintenance are lower, and because it is less vulnerable to disruptions. Most municipalities and business parks are opting for the combination of LED lighting, direct current and smart control. Together, all these applications ensure huge savings on energy costs – in many cases, as much as 70% or more.

The choice of LED lighting really was an easy one. On lighting alone, we will be saving 71%. It was easy to convince the customer when they heard that a direct-current supply would result in additional savings, reduce CO₂ emissions and be more reliable than a conventional low-voltage supply. And finally, we got the province's vote of confidence as well: they are supporting this innovative project with a Restructuring and Intelligent Land Use (HIRB) grant.

Rob ten Bok,  KP Parkmanagement BV