On April 2, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture & Innovation signed innovation contracts between various companies, research organizations, and the government (also known as the “golden triangle”) in nine sectors, one being energy. Minister Verhagen pointed out that the signing emphasizes “the role of innovation in solving societal issues and boosting the competitive strength of the Dutch economy.” Within the Top Sector Energy, this golden triangle has selected themes, which will contribute to the transition towards a low-carbon energy supply. Both from a personal and a business point of view, I agree this is a wise decision. The sustainability trend is inevitable and I believe we should be investing in our own energy future, rather than in technologies that will hardly contribute to our system in 2040. The minister’s choice is noteworthy, though, as the present Dutch government—and especially Minister Verhagen, who is quite conservative—has advocated for construction of new coal fired power plants and a large nuclear power plant.
The research should be industry driven, with the government forcing collaborating between companies and universities. DNV KEMA is well positioned, as our innovative approach will strengthen the link between researchers and commercial oriented professionals.
For those of you that have a special interest in Smart Grid, I have more good news. The contract on Smart Grid is being regarded as the most innovative contract, and should act as an catalyst for themes. Smart Grid, thus, will be at the center of developments within the energy business. It is important to note that integration and cooperation are the key elements for the execution of this innovation contract. I’m looking forward joining forces with other experts!
By: Frits Verheij, director, Smart Energy, DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability