The e-harbours Final conference “Let’s Go – Leadership in Energy TranSition and GOvernance” will be held in Zaanstad, The Netherlands, February 12-13th 2014.
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Now the fifth newsletter from the e-harbours project is released. The cover story of this newsletter is “Balancing the smart energy system” and summarizes the first findings of the project. Other stories in this issue are; Devising an energy label for fish products, Power to heat – Key technology in the energy transition and Energy matters in small and medium harbours.
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The Municipality of Zaanstad and the surrounding region are seriously working on implementing ‘smart grid modelling’, in which electricity and (residual) heat are connected. It is a joint project of businesses, housing associations, investors and network company Alliander. Participants from the (semi-) public sector include the municipality of Zaanstad, the province of North Holland and the Zaanstad Medical Center.
On Sustainability Day (10 October) as many as 20 parties agreed to explore the possibilities for such an open and smart energy grid. Early next year the results are to be presented.
The international conference of the Emobility-NSR project drew a large audience to Haarlem (NL). One of the topics discussed was the set of drivers for large scale implementation of EV. In keywords: psychology of the end user, taxes, direct incentives & local solutions. Barriers for upscaling EV seem to be: out of pocket costs, too little charging facilities and grid restraints,
The e-harbours project added value by adressing the flexibility of the car’s battery as a commodity. Imagine what 200.000 EV’s in 2020 in the Netherlands could do!