May 23, 2018 – Only two weeks left for the final event! All nominees are finetuning their business proposal. Team Storelectric just visited the first Compressed Air Energy Storage plant ever built, in Bad Zwischenahn (Germany). This plant has been operating commercially since 1979 and is located 150 kilometers east of Groningen. Together with Simeon, the NAM contact person, and a delegation of Uniper, who are the operator of this plant, they discussed the technical – and business opportunities.
May 22, 2018 – Proton Ventures, one of the nominees, focuses on energy storage in the form of Ammonia (NH3) as the hydrogen carrier. People ask them: why NH3?
• Commonly used for over 100 years
• Relative high energy density
• Flexibility in feedstock
• Flexibility in use (purpose / end product)
• Easily stored for various time frames and in smaller to large quantities
• Easily transported
• Easily located/integrated at the edge of existing industrial estate/built up quarters.
• Readily available infrastructure
Could this be the solution to our large scale energy storage challenge? We will know in two weeks on the final event of the NAM70 Challenge.
May 17, 2018 – We know that with the Challenge we are talking about quite a specific subject that might be too technical to fully understand. Therefore, we asked four students Industrial Engineering & Management of the University of Groningen to explain a bit more about the scope of the Challenge. In the weeks leading to the final event, we will share their explanation, making it hopefully a bit more understandable. The first question we asked them: “What is energy storage?”
May 15, 2018 – Every nominee is working together with NAM to find a way to fit their solution for large scale energy storage into the infrastructure of NAM. Aubin Touzo of Team Eco-Tech Ceram gives in this video message his update on their business case.
May 7, 2018 – Gerald Schotman, CEO of NAM and Chairman of the Jury of the NAM70 Challenge, is looking forward to the final event. On the 6th of June the nominees of the NAM70 Challenge will pitch their solution for large scale energy storage.
May 4, 2018 – Since the kick-off event last month, every nominee is working together with NAM to find a way to fit their solution for large scale energy storage into the infrastructure of NAM. Jacco Mooijer of team Proton Ventures BV wanted to share some ‘positive effects of the NAM70 Challenge’:
“A really positive effect of the NAM70 Challenge is what we feel already today, if not for the last few weeks! We are approached by numerous companies across the globe whom have noticed the NAM 70 Challenge in the media and wish to hook up with us for our ideas and technology in the renewable energy storage market place. This is already a big feat the Challenge and our participation in it accomplished. The publicity really helps in creating the momentum required.
Solar energy farms, wind turbine farm owners show up and ask us if we can help them out concerning intermittency issues concerning the power generation while delivery contracts are in place for continuous power supply. Others even come to us to see if excess power could be transformed into ‘chemical’ products which are value adding to their operations. How cool is that!”
May 3, 2018 – Since the kick-off event last month, every nominee is working together with NAM to find a way to fit their solution for large scale energy storage into the infrastructure of NAM. Today an update of Team Storelectric.
Together with their project coordinator of NAM, Simeon, they identified a very good prospective location for the first plant. Some basic screening is done for that location, that utilizes salt caverns and has the potential for significant expansion.
A first draft of the final presentation has been prepared and discussed. And a visit to the first Compressed Air Energy Storage plant ever built, in Bad Zwischenahn (Germany) is being prepared for later this month. The plant has been operating commercially since 1979 and is located 150 kilometers east of Groningen. This will be joint visit between Storelectric, NAM and Deep.KBB (collaboration partner of Storelectric) and will provide useful insights into the real operation of a CAES plant.
It is the intention to use this opportunity to have a joint discussion on other potential CAES locations in the Netherlands and the technical steps required to re-purpose other porous media storage facilities.
May 2, 2018 – Since the kick-off event last month, every nominee is working together with NAM to find a way to fit their solution for large scale energy storage into the infrastructure of NAM.
Casimir, process engineer for NAM, is the contact person for Eco-Tech Ceram. Last week he met their team in Perpignan (France). They started with a presentation of the business cases that could be applied to NAM and in The Netherlands and checked their 900°C prototype. The prototype was operating to try a new insulation.
After discussing the cooperation between NAM and Eco-Tech Ceram, they prepared the pitch for the final event at the 6th of June. The guidelines are set!
May 1, 2018 – The three nominees of the NAM70 Challenge visited several sites of NAM in The Netherlands. As we speak, they are working together with NAM to see in what way their innovative idea for large-scale storage of renewable energy will fit in the existing infrastructure. The winner of the NAM70 Challenge will be announced on June 6, 2018.
April 3, 2018, – Today we announced the three companies that will work together with, and under the guidance of, the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) on a solution for large-scale storage of sustainable energy during the coming months. These three innovative companies had signed up for the NAM70 Challenge, a NAM initiative which challenged growth companies, so-called scale ups, working with new technologies to work on large-scale storage of sustainable energy. Storage of sustainable energy is becoming crucial to maintaining the stability of the future energy system and balancing supply and demand. At the end of January, NAM launched the Challenge with a call to: “Build the sustainable energy system of the future together with NAM.” By doing so, NAM wants to contribute to accelerating the energy transition in the Netherlands.
In random order, the nominees are:
Storelectric Ltd, United Kingdom – Technology: Compressed Air Energy Storage
Proton Ventures, The Netherlands – Technology: Ammonia Power to Liquid Storage
Eco-Tech Ceram, France – Technology: Thermal Energy Battery with Ceramic Cells
NAM Director, Gerald Schotman: “We were positively surprised by the number and the high quality of entries. The final count was no less than 45, highly varied approaches to solutions, submitted from across the world, from Canada to Australia, Singapore to South Africa and from Israel to the Netherlands. It was no easy task for the jury to select these three. We are looking forward to the next stage in which the nominees will continue to develop their innovations into an application for existing NAM systems, together with our employees.”
The NAM70 Challenge was organised in the context of the 70th anniversary of NAM, which was all about concrete steps to accelerate the energy transition.
Storage of sustainable energy
Storage is one of the major challenges concerning sustainable energy. The sun shines in summer and during the day. The greatest demand for energy is in the evening and during winter. The last frost period showed how important underground gas storage was to meet the increased demand. So, it is important to develop a sustainable equivalent for this, that not only works on NAM systems, but can ultimately be deployed more broadly. This NAM70 Challenge also offers a springboard for growth companies to make their solutions workable in practice and scale them up to the required level.
The jury, comprising Tim van der Hagen (President of the Executive Board at TU Delft, Gertjan Lankhorst (Chairman of VEMW (Association for Energy, Environment and Water)/Director of the New Energy Coalition), Manon Janssen (CEO Ecorys/Figurehead of Topsector Energie), Nynke Dalstra (CFO Royal HaskoningDHV) and Gerald Schotman (NAM Director/President of KIVI), ultimately chose these three nominees.
The jury stated: “To come to this shortlist, we looked at the technology used, the level of innovation, short-long term storage and the diversity of technologies. Some solutions are simple, yet ground-breaking. Others are very innovative and practical. A few solutions also make you curious. If it succeeds, there are real game changers amongst these solutions.”
Gerald Schotman: “I expect, in addition to these three promising companies, that we will remain in contact with a number of other entrants in the NAM70 Challenge or link them up with other parties or parts of our company. The quality and professionalism is so high and the challenge of the energy transition is so great that we can all benefit from collaboration to accelerate the transition, which is also in the spirit of the original idea behind the NAM70 Challenge.”
The winner of the NAM70 Challenge will be announced on June 6, 2018. The winner will receive €50,000, but can also count on NAM as a customer. The winner will implement the proposed innovation together with NAM.
March 16, 2018 – And… we are off to the next round!! It’s great to see that so many talented and innovative growing companies originating from so many countries are working on the challenges of the energy transition. Willing to join forces to speed up large scale renewable energy storage together. Therefore, we would like to thank all the NAM70 Challenge applicants. We are grateful and inspired by you!
So what will happen next? In the upcoming weeks our jury will take the time to go over all the applications. They will nominate three companies, based on the criteria. In the first week of April we will announce the nominations, and of course, inform all other applicants personally. After that moment, the teams of these three companies will be working together with our experts on their solutions. We are already looking forward to that!
In June the final winner will be announced by the jury. More details to follow soon.