Renewable energy from water and subsoil
The energy transition is inextricably linked to water and the subsurface, whether we are building offshore wind farms, using reservoirs or storing heat in the subsurface.
Deltares facilitates system and process innovations that are needed to bring about and accelerate the energy transition. We do this by drawing on our knowledge of water and the subsurface. We look at whether systems are technically safe in practice, economically feasible and socially acceptable. We develop this knowledge in collaboration with our strategic partners, and make it available in forms that allow governments to make well-considered decisions for the energy transition bearing in mind the different spatial scales and the long term.
Contractors, energy companies and engineering firms also work with our data and tools to optimise each phase, from design, construction and management through to removal. Deltares advises about the impact on the environment, and the combination of challenges and functions in the available space. We also help to extend the technical and economic lifespan. Our ‘tools’ contribute to safe, reliable, sustainable and cost-efficient projects and solutions, both on land and offshore.
In the Netherlands, more than half of energy consumption is linked to heating. The heating transition is a necessary step on the road to more sustainable heating in buildings and the reduction of carbon emissions. With applied research, we work with partners on the development of reliable and affordable heating and cooling systems.
Offshore wind farms, floating solar farms, hydroelectric power stations and hydrogen are all forms of large-scale sustainable energy generation and storage. Our knowledge, instruments and models target cost efficiency, technical optimisation, predictable production and risk reduction.
Impact on the spatial environment and multiple use of space
Combining functions in a given area is essential to shape the energy transition in densely populated deltas. Deltares investigates the direct and indirect effects of energy solutions on the water and soil system, such as aquathermal energy, offshore wind farms and the technical and economic combination of, for example, offshore farms and wind farms or reservoirs with floating solar panels. This knowledge is needed for the assessment and granting of permits for the large-scale application of energy solutions.
With our knowledge of systems and processes in water and subsurface models, Deltares is helping to make sustainable assessments and to optimise energy systems and make them more flexible and robust. By looking integrally at other complex transitions such as climate change, climate adaptation, and land subsidence and the food transition, we are contributing to our goal of making life in deltas as pleasant and sustainable as possible.