Bilfinger Tebodin assists ‘the Kempen’ with their sustainability challenge

25.10.2021

The Netherlands is becoming increasingly sustainable. To achieve the climate goals, 35 TWh of sustainable energy is to be generated in the Netherlands by 2030. Every region participates in this task, including the five Kempen municipalities of Badel, Bergeijk, Oirschot, Eersel and Reusel-De Mierden. This is a rural area with a lot of industry. The Kempen are leading the way, partly because they have already designated areas for the development of solar and wind energy. There is however so much sustainable power to be connected that there is no grid capacity available to connect to; so-called congestion. Grid expansion takes time and will not be completed until at least 2027.

Commissioned by the Kempen municipalities, Bilfinger Tebodin is investigating possible solutions for the energy landscape of the future. An important request is not to wait for grid expansion but to take action now. For possible solutions, think of the application of innovative technologies such as storage, load balancing and power to gas and heat. In the first phase of the research, we look at which technologies can be applied to use sustainable energy locally without grid expansion. In the following phase, we will detail the possible solution routes and build a consortium to actually implement it. A unique so-called lighthouse project for the Netherlands in which Bilfinger Tebodin will intensively work together with the Kempen and local companies. First results are expected at the beginning of 2022.