Study on energy system Province of Zeeland

Zeeland energy system

The energy transition will change the current energy system. A robust and adaptive energy system is an important precondition for being able to invest in projects that are necessary to carry out the energy transition as quickly as is currently being prepared. Infrastructure development is capital intensive and has long lead times. The regulatory framework is designed to ensure that network operators handle their investments efficiently. This keeps the costs for society low, but can also lead to investments being made only when it is clear that they are really necessary. In that case, the cautious approach can lead to infrastructure investments having an inhibiting effect on the socially desirable pace of the energy transition. Already in the first "Just before the Future" study from 2010, the CE Delft, together with the network managers, addressed this dilemma. The solution is to conduct thorough and supported studies into the development of demand for and supply of infrastructure capacity. CE Delft, together with RoyalHaskoningDHV, is conducting an energy system study for Zeeland, whereby the supply and demand of energy up to 2050 is mapped in four different scenarios. CE Delft is also conducting a system study for Groningen and Drenthe and has already completed a study for North Holland.


In the coming years, power from offshore wind farms will come ashore in Zeeland. The future demand for green hydrogen from the SDR companies through electrolysis and the electrification of processes from the SDR companies in Zeeland will have a major influence on the energy system. As indicated in the SDR Roadmap to a climate-neutral industry in 2050, an adequate infrastructure is essential. There are plenty of developments: in industry, the transition of the built environment, a decrease in natural gas consumption and increase in heat pumps, application of residual heat from industry, electric transport, the construction of a hydrogen and CO2 network and the landing of wind at sea. CE Delft, together with RoyalHaskoningDHV, is investigating which bottlenecks in the energy infrastructure will arise and what the possible solutions are, for example with flexibility. The province of Zeeland issues instructions and supervises the study together with Enduris, Gasunie, SDR, Tennet and the VZG. The study started in June and ends in November to provide input for the investment plans of the energy network companies in the coming years.