Electrical grid decarbonisation: 24/7 clean energy becomes a reality
EnergyTag, the independent industry-led initiative to accelerate the shift to 24/7 clean energy, is coordinating ten projects worldwide to demonstrate a radical new approach to track the source of electricity in near-real-time. The report sets out how the world’s biggest energy consumers and producers can use hourly energy certificates to ensure they are getting clean energy 24/7. Eneco, FlexiDAO, and CertiQ will be testing time-based green electricity in the Netherlands to provide time-based certification in the future and to make possible real decarbonisation of the electrical grid. The pilot project involves a digital link between the 120 MW Princess Amalia Wind Farm and Eneco’s 12 MW electrode boiler connected to The Hague’s Ypenburg district heating network. The project is one of six global projects testing the possibilities of time-based green power. The first results of the pilot project are expected this autumn. The link between Princess Amalia Wind Farm and the electrode boiler in Ypenburg, which together with a number of gas boilers provides heat for the local district heating network, enables testing of the measurements, procedures, and software required to provide time-based certification in the future. Production and consumption of green electricity will be measured and certified every hour and a quarter of an hour.
More in line with future energy systems
The current certification system, which uses Guarantees of Origin (GoOs), does not support time-based certification. Using a time indication, a guarantee can be given that green electricity is produced and also consumed within a single hour — or even within a quarter of an hour. This is more in line with an energy system in which the balance between consumption and generation is becoming increasingly important as weather-dependent solar and wind power production increase, Eneco said.
Keep on reading the article directly in FlexiDAO’s blog.