Molecules alongside electricity
Right now, electricity represents about 20% of the total energy consumption in the Netherlands. It is expected that, with the addition of solar energy and wind energy for example, this can be increased to a maximum of 40-50%. The other half of our energy will still have to come from ‘molecules’, mainly gases. Hydrogen is a good example of a sustainable gas, and will play an increasingly important role as a source of energy in the future.
Importance of storage and transport
One of the advantages of sustainable gas over electricity is that gas is easier to store. Furthermore, it is easier than electricity to transport in large quantities. Energy storage is an essential link in the energy transition, especially now that our energy sources are becoming increasingly dependent on the weather. When there is a surplus of sustainable electricity, this can be converted into hydrogen for example, which is relatively easy to store. When the supply of energy cannot meet the demand, we can draw on this reserve and transport it using the existing gas grid. So sustainable gases are the perfect complement to green electricity.
Our energy transition themes
Natural gas is an excellent substitute for other fossil fuels, as it emits less CO2. Especially in combination with our reliable infrastructure, for the time being natural gas will remain an important source of energy. As the amount of renewable energy increases, the role of natural gas will decrease. The gas infrastructure will, however, remain important in the energy system of the future. So in the run-up to 2050, Gasunie will be concentrating on green gas, hydrogen, district heating grids and carbon capture and storage. We will continue to refine our ideas on this. If you have knowledge you would like to share with us, we welcome your input. Just talk to us. After all, collaboration can only speed up the energy transition.