News | June 29, 2020

Digitalization of the energy transition

How to best foster the energy transition? The answer is often thought to be found in new technologies, new energy and heat sources, or new industries. These innovations could indeed play a significant role in the energy transition but request large investments and long development times. However, the urgency of the energy transition calls for quick wins and digitalization could be the answer.

The opportunities for digitizalization such as CO2 reduction through software, data and models can be used for existing installations. It is claimed that the impact of digitalization in the process industry could lead to a 5-30% reduction of CO2 emissions. This potential is also underlined by the Dutch Climate Agreement. However, are we as individuals ready to use digitalization to realize these quick wins? And, are the process industry’s organizations ready for digitalization? In the upcoming weeks, a group of trainees will try to answer these questions.

The team members are Anne van der Enden (Utrecht Municipality), Martijn Engelenburg (VNCI), Olivier Kramer (Vewin), and Christa de Ruyter (ISPT). On behalf of Frans van den Akker (Cluster Director Digitalization), they will create an overview of the seven most important barriers to the adaptation of digitalization. This will be done by means of a literature study and interviews with experts in the field. In this way, we can combine state-of-the-art knowledge with in-field experiences.

The research results are not going to be published in a report. Instead, the gathered knowledge will be used to facilitate discussions on the potential of digitalization for the energy transition. Is there a potential for artificial intelligence solutions ore smart maintenance? What can organizations do to use the potential of digitalization? To start this debate, a webinar will be organized in the course of September. During the webinar, experts reflect on the identified barriers. Are you interested? Stay in touch: more information will follow soon.

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