- Because companies and individuals are using and generating more and more electricity, there is sometimes a shortage of space on our energy grid in some places.
- Enexis Netbeheer is working on our energy grid's future and is using various new technologies for this.
In everyday life, we hardly think about the energy we use. We plug a laptop or smartphone charger into the socket or turn on a lamp if needed. Often, we don't realise which cables are in the ground to make that possible. But the space on our energy grid is not unlimited. In fact, capacity is only increasing. In many areas, we are reaching the maximum capacity, and this means that Enexis Grid Management is busy adjusting the power grid.
Today we drive more and more electric cars, use more air conditioners in summer and also make more use of electric heat pumps. This means we consume more energy than we did previously. Add to this the fact that there are more and more solar farms and wind turbines, and a logical consequence of this is that we reach the maximum capacity of our energy grid a lot faster than a few years ago.
Also, there is an additional change going on in the energy grid. Both companies and individuals not only consume more energy but now also generate energy themselves. This is good news for the Climate Agreement, but it also means even more strain on the energy grid.
Where energy used to only go from Point A to Point B, it now also goes back from Point B to Point A. Erwin Nileand, executor/work manager Elektra at Enexis Netbeheer: "We are now mainly seeing a large increase in solar farms in the outdoor area, which generate a lot of energy. It is precisely in these outer areas that there is not enough capacity on the current energy grid. A lot of customisation and expansion is required.
New technologies and remote monitor
In almost all projects that involve adjustments or innovations, the technology that best fits the purpose is considered. Erwin Nileand: "At the moment we are working in Hengelo to modify a large transport distribution station. We install new medium-voltage installations that collect a lot of data and can be monitored remotely. If there is a power failure, only part of the electricity chain will suffer from this and not the chain."
"The technologies in our field are developing quickly. When making adjustments to the energy grid, we take these developments into account, and we try to keep up with this the best we can. We are also regularly trained by Enexis Netbeheer on digitalisation.”