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‘We need Smart Grids to integrate renewables in the electricity system’

E-harbours interview with Hans Schäfers, from the Hamburg showcase of the e-harbours project: Hans Schäfers is a fellow at engineering company Sumbi, and teaches at both the Hamburg University for Applied Science HAW and the Harbour City University of Hamburg.  … Continue reading

An open heating network for Zaanstad

The Dutch Municipality of Zaanstad is working on an extensive district heating system. The goal is to build a system that is open to both suppliers and customers of heat, and that is profitable for all parties involved.  Project coordinator … Continue reading

Hamburg subsidizes Demand Side Flexibility

The City of Hamburg plans an innovative subsidy to promote Demand Side Flexibility.  The subsidy will support industries that invest in making their energy usage more flexible and more adaptive to the available supply of energy. As the e-harbours project … Continue reading


The European power grids have been devised as centralised systems, centred around a few production units that can be regulated by the grid operator. For a centralised system, it is a major change that thousands of businesses and households start … Continue reading

E-harbours #1 Final conference: Blog from the second day of Let’s Go

Welcome to the second day of the e-harbours conference at the Inntel Hotel, Zaanstad. Chairman Gerrit Buist, from the Center for Energy of the University of Amsterdam, gives the floor to the Mayor of Zaanstad,  Geke Faber. She welcomes the … Continue reading

Blog from e-harbours final conference

This is our live blog recordings from the Let’s Go – Leadership in Energy TranSition and GOvernance Welcome in one of the most remarkable new buildings in the city center of Zaanstad, the Inntel Hotel. The conference starts with a … Continue reading


One of the main themes of e-harbours is demand side flexibility : “Actions voluntarily taken by a consumer to adjust the amount or timing of his energy consumption.” Some installations can shift non-critical activities over time, other devices can store … Continue reading


Electric vehicles can play a crucial role in the smart energy systems of the future. They produce low or even zero emissions, but as importantly: they carry batteries that can store excess power, or deliver electricity back to the (local) … Continue reading

Renewable energy

When Europe wants to reach its ambitious climate goals, the share of renewables in the energy mix has to rise. Renewable sources like wind turbines and photovoltaic systems are more diverse, more geographically dispersed, and less controllable. That makes it … Continue reading

Examples from the Antwerp and Hamburg showcases

In both the Antwerp and the Hamburg port area, companies were interviewed in order to investigate the potential and financial value of the flexibility of the electricity consumption related to their production process. The next figure shows which companies were … Continue reading