The pressure on our energy grid is high and it is not going to improve in the coming years. Worse, it's only going to get worse. Consequently, there is a huge demand for sustainable solutions. One such solution is grid capacity sharing in energy hubs. Companies running up against the limits of grid congestion may find the key to growth and sustainability not in expansion but in the intelligence of their energy use. But how exactly does that work?

In the Netherlands, we are running into a challenge that presents both a problem and an opportunity: grid congestion. Our energy grids are groaning under the peaks of solar and wind energy production, while the demand for renewable energy is only increasing.

For companies in business parks, this often means a halt to expansion and sustainability. But what if we told you that the solution to this problem could lie in sharing grid capacity through local energy networks, also known as energy hubs?

Energy hubs allow businesses to share locally generated energy among themselves. This reduces the burden on the power grid and creates more room for the use of solar and wind energy. But how exactly does this work and what are the benefits?

What is capacity sharing and why is it important?

Capacity sharing within energy hubs means that companies have their energy consumption closely monitored and analyzed. A smart energy management system then balances supply and demand, allowing all participants to collectively utilize the total available grid capacity. This optimizes the utilization of connection capacities and stabilizes pressure on the power grid.

The benefits of grid capacity sharing

Grid capacity sharing has many advantages. In addition to using grid capacity more efficiently and reducing the need for energy transmission through the central grid, it also provides financial incentives for the use of local, renewable energy. Companies that generate more energy than needed can share their surplus with local users or sell it to traders.

In addition, capacity sharing allows companies with larger grid connections than necessary to make their capacity available to others within the hub for a fee.

The challenges of grid capacity sharing

Grid capacity sharing sounds like a forward-looking solution to many of the problems facing our current energy grid. But: nothing is perfect. Energy hubs also come with a number of challenges.

Laws and regulations

To get right to the point: sharing grid capacity is not (yet) allowed in the Netherlands. At the time of writing, a new law is being drafted that does make this possible. Sharing grid capacity often requires new models of ownership and energy management, which are not yet fully captured by current legislation.

Technical challenges

One of the biggest technical challenges is the integration of different energy sources. Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power are neither constant nor always predictable, making energy supply planning complex. Tibo’s energyhub software addresses this problem by using predictive analytics to predict energy needs to proactively adjust energy use.

Social factors

We must also take into account social and cultural factors. The idea of shared energy resources and collective management may be new or even foreign to some stakeholders. Building a culture of collaboration and common benefit is essential to the success of energy hubs.

We are ready for energy hubs

We understand the complexity and necessity of sustainable energy solutions like no other. Our software is designed to simplify energy hub management, enabling companies to grow more efficiently and make their energy use more sustainable.

Are you ready to explore capacity sharing opportunities and see how our solutions can support your business? Then schedule a demo and find out how we can work together for a sustainable future.

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