New perspectives on how to deal with the changing field of climate and energy transition are today’s key for success. The energy transition is required for a better climate!
We are living in a world of models and regulations. We analyse and create models of the world. We set thresholds of what we find acceptable and we create rules to guard them. The volatility of the production of energy and the respective prices are increasing. This is caused by the variable quantities of wind and solar energy generated, as well as by the ability to dynamically manage industrial processes based on spot prices. Ultimately, the moment that energy is produced should be the moment that the energy is used or be stored. Another big issue are the limitations of the physical capacity of the network. What are those limitations and when will they be met?
How and what to measure?
The Internet of Things makes it possible to measure virtually everything. What we often learn is that our models are not as accurate as we thought before; the world is too dynamic to be captured in models! This requires a new way of thinking: thresholds are fixed and the actual boundaries are dynamic. How can we create a dynamic system that leverages the unused potential of these dynamics? How can we use Internet of Things to measure ‘the missing link’ in more detail, and what kind of tools are required to visualise this potential? An example could be algorithms that control production based on weather conditions, including predictions.
The quest is to find or create intelligent systems that measure, visualise and/or improve the potential and the usage of the network(s). Can you provide the required insights in the ultra-dynamic generation and use of electricity? Can you map the systems? Can available storage capacity be shown and controlled? Can the system be extended with alternative stores, like batteries of electric cars, or other equipment? Can a network be created that supports the required dynamics and enables the users to capture financial gains by smart use together? For example, are there ways to reuse the energy waste of specific companies, in terms of electricity and heat for other purposes?
Show us a first glimpse of the future, or even better, create and show the first step that will work tomorrow!
Can we get insight in the actual usage of the industry? How can we get insight in the CO2 footprint of each port company? What is the energy usage (electricity + heat) and what is the energy loss in the port? What are the energy supplies and demands over time of the companies in the port? What are alternative ways to measure the energy usage (electricity + heat)? Can we provide insight into the added value of using renewable energy sources (wind, solar)? Can the port produce energy instead of using energy? Can we predict the generation of renewable energy, and so, create flexible energy prizes (supply & demand)?
Create, prototype, and amaze the port what is possible!
Show them what’s possible!
Currently businesses tend to have a reluctance towards changing the way of using energy. However, there are lots of opportunities. Currently developments in terms of steam networks, heat networks and CO2 storage are going on in the port of Rotterdam. But, what’s the value for companies on local level? And, can we show this value by combining the right (open) data sources?
What are the grids & usage?
At the port of Rotterdam we have an overview of the different grids that are existing in the port. We have some numbers of the usage per company. However, what we not know is the dynamic usage of the grids on cluster, district or company level. How can (open) data be combined and compared to this existing information to get new insights? (click here for the facts & figures from the Port of Rotterdam)
The next energy level!
The energy transition is a hot topic these days! We need to create new ways of using energy. Can you come up with brilliant ideas how we can reuse, recycle and restore energy for the different cluster in the port? Can one’s waste the others (heat and/or electricity) resource; how does it looks like? And, how can we visualize the benefits and lower the threshold for companies to switch to new ways of using energy?