What are alternatives to natural gas?

Date: 12-15-2016

Since the discovery of the natural gas fields in the Netherlands in 1959 more than 3582 billion m3 gas has been used. The reserves are down to 940 billion m3 natural gas in 2015, which means almost 80 % of the resources are used. If we continue we have less than 17 years to go until the resources are depleted.

On September 16th 2016 the Dutch CBS published the following:

Since the discovery of the natural gas fields in the Netherlands in 1959 more than 3582 billion m3 gas has been used. The reserves are down to 940 billion m3 natural gas in 2015, which means almost 80 % of the resources are used. If we continue we have less than 17 years to go until the resources are depleted.

https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2016/37/aardgas-voor-bijna-80-procent-op The publication in dutch language.

This is not yet common knowledge in the Netherlands. Probably there are still other natural gas fileds in the world that can supply the Netherlands because we can never convert all buildings and houses to an alternative energy source within 17 years. The signal is clear nevertheless that we have to start quickly with the energy transition.

What are the immediate effects in the Netherlands?

The country has less income. How will we compensate for the billion of Euros that now flow freely in the government income. In 2013 this was 15 trillion Euro.

And we will have to find an alternative way to heat our houses and buildings. If we start using electricity to heat every home how will this effect the electricity infrastructure? Do we have enough capacity in winter periods? The future will tell.

What other smart solutions are available?

Generating heat and hot water in an affordable renewable process is the challenge in cold periods. Heat pumps use electricity to transform lower temperature heat into higher temperature heat suitable for this purpose. The heat source can be the sun, the earth or the ambient air. Retrieving energy form the ambient air is an advantage as we will have air everywhere available. The average temperature in a medium temperature climate in Northern Europe is approx 10 degrees Celsius. 

The innovation with Thermodule is a smart solution to generate heat in an extremely efficient method out of the ambient air and using the sun. For more information we will be happy to answer your questions.



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