Energy supply

Sustainable energy transition starts with a robust grid

The energy transition from fossil to renewable energy sources is in full swing. We’re steadily moving away from natural gas and coal, and is switching to an energy infrastructure that combines more sustainable energy sources, whether or not supplemented by nuclear power or scaled-down fossil/bioenergy production.

The rise in solar, wind and nuclear energy is increasing the load on the power grid. To meet the rising demand for electricity in the future, it is essential to continue to invest in the quality of the grid. Witteveen+Bos has the expertise to make and keep the power grid available, affordable and reliable. For now and for decades to come.

High and medium voltage

Being ready for the future includes redesigning, expanding or renovating high and medium voltage substations. The connections of mostly above-ground cable routes also require expansion and modernisation, for example, to bring electricity from offshore wind turbines ashore.

At the customer level, a finer-meshed network is a key point of attention. Specifically, this means increasing the number of (fast) charging stations. This is necessary to adequately facilitate the increase in electric cars and heavier electrified transport.

Security of supply

Another crucial factor in the energy transition is security of supply. Solar and wind energy are not continuously available. Overcoming this requires supplementation from other sources or from storage, e.g. in batteries or through conversion to hydrogen. This too requires attention and innovation.

Besides solar and wind energy, there is also room in the energy infrastructure for other renewable energy sources, such as waste heat or geothermal energy. These energy sources are particularly effective for heating or cooling buildings, horticulture and industrial applications. Witteveen+Bos advises (semi-)public authorities, businesses and cooperatives on the development and incorporation of these renewable energy sources.

Integrated approach

The transition from fossil to renewable energy sources requires a robust grid. A reliable infrastructure is the basis for coping with the uncertainties and fluctuations of renewable energy efficiently and flexibly on a large scale. It is therefore important that investments in distribution networks such as the (natural) gas grid, the electricity grid and future heat networks are coordinated and aligned.

Witteveen+Bos supports clients throughout the entire energy transition chain, from generation to storage and distribution. We do this within all renewable energy domains. We help clients not only with their specific sustainability challenge, but also in the pursuit of a broad and responsible contribution to the energy transition.

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