The energy transition: from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources
The climate is changing, also in the Netherlands. We are dealing with more and heavier rainfall, higher temperatures and more heat. In order to limit climate change, we have made agreements worldwide: the Paris climate goals.
For example, we no longer want to emit CO2 in the Netherlands by 2050. To comply with this, we need to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as sun and wind, among other things. But hydrogen also offers opportunities, for example to heat houses or as fuel for cars and trains.
Pi-energy can process plastic waste sustainably and convert it into various forms of ‘green energy’: hydrogen, electricity and clean gas.
Hydrogen: the fuel of the future
Hydrogen consists of two hydrogen atoms (H2) and does not occur in nature as a loose substance. The molecule is always part of other substances, such as water (H2O). Hydrogen can be used as a clean fuel for industry and for (heavy) transport by road, rail, water and ultimately even aviation. Already there are (freight) cars and trains running on hydrogen.
Hydrogen production is still expensive and not always sustainable. It is mainly made from natural gas, which also releases CO2. We call this gray hydrogen. For the energy transition, the eyes are on so-called green hydrogen. This is made by converting electricity from, for example, sun or wind with electrolysis into hydrogen.
But did you know that you can also produce green hydrogen by processing plastic waste? Pi-energy uses the energy that is released during the processing of the plastic to produce hydrogen.
More than 90 percent of the energy that households use for electricity, heating and transport comes from fossil sources such as coal, oil and natural gas. CO2 is released when it is burnt and it causes pollution. The use of biomass is also under discussion.
That is why we have to switch to alternative, sustainable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, but also hydropower, geothermal energy and soil heat. We are currently working hard to make our energy more sustainable in the Netherlands, so that in 2050 all our energy will come from a ‘green source’.
Plastic waste can also contribute to making our electricity more sustainable. The way in which Pi-energy processes plastic waste produces clean energy for the electricity grid.
From gray plastic to green electricity
Green gas as an alternative to fossil natural gas
Millions of Dutch people use natural gas to cook and heat their homes. Natural gas is also an important fuel in industry, agriculture and horticulture. Natural gas, however, is a fossil fuel that emits CO2 when burned and is also not finite.
That is why the plan is to eventually stop using natural gas as an energy source and we must look for sustainable alternatives. An alternative is green gas, which is produced by biogas and produced cleanly. In addition, it can be used in the same way as natural gas and there is no need to adjust or replace boilers and gas pipes.
Biogas can also be produced in the processing of plastic waste by Pi-energy. By subsequently purifying, drying and upgrading this, green gas is created.