Tuesday june 28 2022

Track 2
13.10 - 13.40

Gridmaster HIC Rotterdam, robust and adaptive investement planning for energy infrastructures

The world is heading towards a CO 2 -neutral energy system in 2050. This transformation requires a review of electricity, hydrogen and methane transport infrastructure. At present, it is unclear what the main development direction of energy systems will be. In other words, it is deeply uncertain how the energy transport capacity requirements for the energy infrastructure will evolve. For grid operators, this uncertainty of energy transition pathways poses a major strategic challenge: which future-proof investments should be made to facilitate potential different decarbonization pathways of the energy system, while minimizing the risk of stranded assets? Current practices fall short and a new investment planning method that can properly deal with deep uncertainty in a multi-stakeholder decision-making context and is capable to align investment plans for multiple energy infrastructures is needed. To this end, a consortium consisting of TenneT, Gasunie, Stedin, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Province of South-Holland, the Municipality of Rotterdam, SmartPort, the Delft University of Technology, Siemens, TNO and Quintel started an initiative - called “Gridmaster” - to develop a methodology and associated digital tools to support decisionmakers in developing investment plans for integrated energy infrastructure. In the development of the new “Gridmaster method”, the energy infrastructure planning of the Harbor Industrial Cluster of Rotterdam serves as a case study. In this case study the capability of the Gridmaster method to develop a future-proof investment plan for electricity, hydrogen and methane infrastructure for this industrial cluster is tested.

Presented by Mel Valies and Jan van Dinther from Siemens

Mel Davies - Siemens

About Mel Valies

Mel Valies is driven by challenging software projects in line with the energy transition. The Gridmaster is one of those projects where we aim to capture and expose manners to both benefit and support this complex socio-technical transition. During his career Mel worked with different industrial companies and knowledge institutes in order to tackle long term energy transition challenges with an integral perspective.

Jan van Dinther

About Jan van Dinther

Jan van Dinther is Energy Transition Developer at Siemens. He contributes to speeding up the energy transition by creating software products that ease integration of renewables and simulation tools that provide decisions-makers with the information they require.

About Siemens

Siemens is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more efficient factories, resilient supply chains and smarter buildings and networks to cleaner and more comfortable transport and advanced healthcare, Siemens creates technology with the mission to add value for our customers. By connecting the real world and the digital world, Siemens enables its customers to transform their industries and markets and help them to change everyday life for billions of people.


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