Smart Beach Grid: Revolutionizing Energy Management in The Hague and Scheveningen | 2024

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The Hague and Scheveningen in the Netherlands are pioneering the development of a cutting-edge electricity grid, in collaboration with Stedin and the municipality. This innovative grid integrates self-regulating intelligence and renewable energy sources to create a sustainable energy ecosystem.

At the heart of this initiative is the Smart Beach Grid in Scheveningen, featuring a low-voltage network equipped with solar panels, heat pumps, and charging stations. A key component is the beach battery, boasting 360 kWh capacity and utilizing recovered batteries from electric vehicles to store solar energy for use during peak demand periods.

Through sophisticated grid optimization, Stedin effectively manages energy supply and demand peaks, offering users greater control over their energy consumption. This model not only enhances grid capacity utilization but also fosters a more sustainable and affordable energy supply.

The Living Lab Scheveningen serves as a testbed for these innovations, facilitating functional testing and learning opportunities. As the project expands beyond Scheveningen, it promises to revolutionize energy management and establish reliable electricity grids nationwide.

The Hague’s Bright Beach Grid: Innovating with Renewable Energy Storage

A bright electricity grid of the future is being developed by The Hague, Scheveningen in the Netherlands, by Stedin and the municipality of The Hague. It requires a self-regulating, intelligent electricity grid.

The bright beach grid in Scheveningen will be a perfect low- voltage network on a smaller scale, equipped with solar panels, heat pumps and charging stations, as well as various beach pavilions, the beach volleyball stadium, and other major event venues. Through the deployment of a great beach battery, the benefits of solar energy can now be harnessed even when the sun is n’t shining.

The innovative beach battery has a power of 360 kWh and can last two days without powering a beach pavilion. Also, the battery is constructed from recovered batteries sourced from electric vehicles. When there is profit renewable energy, the generated electricity is stored and used later when the demand is high.

This strategy helps to prevent grid peak times. Stedin can effectively manage peaks in energy demand and supply thanks to Stedin’s optimization of electricity distribution. Additionally, it gives users greater control over their energy consumption, making use of facilities like beach pavilions and festivals. For instance, they can set preferences like setting up an electric car charging schedule that is least expensive or keeping a specific temperature range within the cheapest range.

Scaling Up Innovation: Stedin’s Smart Beach Grid Pioneers Future Energy Solutions

After a two- year trial period, Stedin plans to scale up the concept. The goal is to expand this model to another low-voltage networks throughout the nation after it was first implemented in Scheveningen only. These initiatives collectively promise to have a major influence on establishing a reliable and affordable energy supply for the Netherlands.

The Living Lab Scheveningen, a testbed and learning area along the Scheveningen boulevard, houses the Smart Beach Grid’s development. This initiative provides a platform for the functional testing of modern innovations that address industrial challenges. The Scheveningen Harbour control center and the event area are currently connected to the Smart Beach Grid. Three beach pavilions will start using and supplying energy from the beach grid this year.

“With the Smart Beach Grid, we are looking for the future’s electricity grid.” The beach battery addresses major issues raised by the energy transition in cities like The Hague by providing actually smarter energy management. Initiatives like this help to make Scheveningen a more lasting city, according to Saskia Bruines, deputy mayor of The Hague.

Grid Innovation in Action: Stedin’s Strategic Battery Solution for Grid Congestion

Stedin is a grid operator who encounters the challenge of growing grid congestion. Innovation is vital to addressing this challenge. This battery serves as an example of a clever strategy for maximizing grid capacity use. Stedin is incredibly important to test these technologies on a smaller scale in Scheveningen. Thus, the collaboration between Stedin and the municipality of The Hague”, said Danny Benima, CFO of Stedin.

Stedin is the grid operator for the majority of South Holland, as well as the provinces of Utrecht and Zeeland, which are generally industrial and commercial areas.

Matthew Boyle

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