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What is Congestion And Why Is it Slowing Down The Economy? 

In the Netherlands, the electricity grid is currently facing a growing challenge: congestion. Congestion occurs when the generation of (sustainable) energy is not balanced with energy usage at specific times and locations. This causes frequency volatility on our energy grid and can harm electricity infrastructure, with blackouts as the most severe result.  

So, this congestion on the grid is primarily caused by the increasing electrification, due to the energy transition from fossil power to renewable energy. One of the solutions is to reinforce our electricity network (cables the length from Groningen to Maastricht every day, to put it in perspective), but a significant shortage of technical staff is impeding us from doing so.  

Congestion is a problem that affects many businesses requiring a solid energy supply, including manufacturing companies, as well as companies in the construction and entertainment sectors. The consequences are far-reaching, and they hamper economic growth, especially in terms of productivity, innovation, and sustainability. 

The Energy Paradox: Electrification for Sustainability Hindering Sustainability 

Businesses are confronted with the challenge of electrifying their operations and transitioning away from fossil fuels. Whether it’s connecting new machinery to increase production efficiency, installing additional charging stations for electric vehicles, or opening a new restaurant with electric kitchen equipment, businesses require a larger and more stable electrical supply.  

Unfortunately, many face long waiting times at the grid operator for new or stronger grid connections. These delays can seriously impede entrepreneurs’ growth and innovation which often lead to more sustainable operations. 

The Role of Mobile Energy in this Challenge: How Does It Work? 

Fortunately, there is a solution to this challenge. Mobile energy systems can be placed, often in the form of battery storage systems. These batteries act as energy buffers or power boosters for existing grid connections.  

Here’s how it works: the batteries charge when there is no power shortage, at times there is actually an excess of clean energy. However, when an energy shortage is imminent, the battery is activated and provides the network with the necessary power. It is crucial to choose the right size and capacity of the battery to bridge the power shortage.  

This is where Skoon comes into play, with energy experts and software, selecting the right system using advanced calculation tools on Skoon’s marketplace for clean mobile energy. 

Rent or Purchase of Battery Systems 

For businesses, it is important to consider whether they want to purchase or rent a battery system. Renting is a good option if the battery is not needed year-round, battery lead times are too long, or it’s not entirely clear what battery size will be required. 

We often see customers choosing to rent a battery system while they gather data and conduct research on the possibility of installing a permanent system. Skoon assists in making this choice by presenting different options and providing quick and clear price comparisons. At Skoon, we go beyond cost insights; we also show important factors such as expected reduction in CO2 emissions compared to a generator. 

Solving The Societal Challenge With Mobile Batteries 

Addressing power shortages and grid congestion with battery systems is a crucial part of the solution to societal challenges related to sustainability and electrification. Particularly when these problems are not year-round occurrences, mobile batteries are an ideal solution.  

The Skoon rental platform ensures that these batteries can be used elsewhere for the remainder of the year where mobile, clean energy is needed. This way, we make the most of our resources and prevent the high social costs of upgrading the grid in places where a temporary battery can provide a cheaper, faster, and more efficient solution. 

Together, We Ensure Every Ambitious Project Has Sufficient Power 

Grid congestion and power shortages can be significant barriers to businesses and their growth ambitions, especially in terms of innovation and sustainability. Mobile energy in the form of battery systems offer a solution to this problem, and the flexibility of rental and purchase options enables businesses to make the right decisions.  

Through this approach, Skoon can more effectively address the challenges of electrification and sustainability while supporting business growth or operational continuity. It’s a win-win situation for both entrepreneurs and the environment. 

FAQ 

1. What is grid congestion and how is it affecting the economy? 

Grid congestion is a situation where the generation of sustainable energy does not align with energy consumption at specific times and locations, causing instability in the energy grid. This can result in frequency fluctuations and damage to electricity infrastructure, with blackouts as the most severe consequence. Grid congestion is mainly driven by increasing electrification due to the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. It’s causing significant challenges for businesses that rely on a stable energy supply. 

2. How does grid congestion hinder economic growth? 

Grid congestion negatively impacts economic growth, particularly in terms of productivity, innovation, and sustainability. It affects a wide range of businesses, including manufacturing, construction, and the entertainment sector. Delays and instability in the energy supply can lead to reduced productivity and hamper innovative initiatives. 

3. What is the energy paradox mentioned in the blog? 

The energy paradox refers to the challenge faced by businesses in electrifying their operations while transitioning away from fossil fuels. They require a more significant and stable electrical supply for activities like upgrading machinery, installing EV charging stations, or using electric kitchen equipment in restaurants. However, the delays in obtaining new or stronger grid connections hinder their sustainability efforts. 

4. How do mobile energy systems help address grid congestion and power shortages? 

Mobile energy systems, often in the form of battery storage systems, act as energy buffers or power boosters for existing grid connections. They charge when there’s an excess of clean energy and automatically activate during energy shortages, supplying the required power to the grid. Properly sizing the battery is crucial to bridge power shortages effectively. 

5. What role does Skoon play in selecting the right mobile energy system? 

Skoon, as an energy expert, offers advanced calculation tools on its marketplace for clean mobile energy. These tools help select the right mobile energy system based on specific requirements and conditions. 

6. How do businesses decide whether to rent or purchase battery systems? 

Businesses should consider factors like the need for the battery year-round, battery lead times, and the uncertainty of the required battery size. Renting is a suitable option when a year-round commitment is unnecessary. Skoon assists by presenting various options and offering transparent price comparisons. Additionally, it factors in considerations beyond cost, such as the expected reduction in CO2 emissions compared to using generators. 

7. How do mobile batteries contribute to solving societal challenges? 

Mobile batteries play a vital role in addressing societal challenges related to sustainability and electrification, especially when these issues are not year-round occurrences. They offer a flexible solution to power shortages and grid congestion. 

8. How does the Skoon rental platform optimize resource usage? 

Skoon’s rental platform ensures that mobile batteries can be redeployed to locations where clean and mobile power is needed for the rest of the year. This maximizes resource usage and prevents the high social costs associated with grid upgrades when temporary batteries can offer a more cost-effective, faster, and efficient solution. 

9. How can mobile energy systems support ambitious projects? 

Mobile energy systems, in the form of battery systems, help businesses overcome barriers related to grid congestion and power shortages, allowing them to pursue ambitious projects. The flexibility in rental and purchase options enables businesses to make the right choices, contributing to both business growth and operational continuity. 

10. What are the environmental benefits of using mobile batteries? 

Using mobile batteries contributes to sustainability by reducing reliance on fossil fuels and minimizing CO2 emissions. It helps create a more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient business environment, aligning with broader sustainability goals.