On the occasion of the creation of the 'KKP Energieneutraal 2030' [KKP Energy-neutral by 2030] foundation on 20 November 2018, Twence explained how CO2 from its energy from waste plant can contribute to making greenhouse horticulture sustainable. Ronald de Vries, Manager Projects, explained the advanced Twence plans for capturing and reusing CO2, and the importance of this for the future.
The modern horticulture region known as the Koekoekspolder (KKP) is located close to IJsselmuiden – in the Head of Overijssel – in the Netherlands. Here you will find modern greenhouse horticulture farms that grow sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries in a sustainable way. For the past few years, greenhouses in the Koekoekspolder have been heated using thermal energy. This practice currently enables greenhouse growers in the Koekoekspolder to save approximately 6 million m3 of natural gas per year. Work on constructing additional geothermal wells is underway with the objective of being 100% energy-neutral in 12-years' time. The greenhouse growers have combined forces in the new 'KKP Energieneutraal 2030' foundation.
CO2 as raw material
Burning natural gas releases CO2, which the greenhouse growers use as a growth regulating substance in their greenhouses. Once natural gas is no longer used, this will create a shortage of CO2. Other CO2 sources must therefore be found. By using existing sources of CO2, for example the CO2 produced by Twence, it becomes possible for the Koekoekspolder to become not only energy-neutral, but CO2-neutral as well, by 2030. The greenhouse growers ultimately aim to scale up to a regional heating network.
Twence CO2 Capture & Usage in brief
Capturing and reusing CO2 is of huge importance to stop further global warming. Twence can contribute to this. The aim is to capture 100 ktonnes CO2 per year, as well as find good uses for it. The partnership with Koekoekspolder offers opportunities in this regard. The capture of 100,000 tonnes CO2 at Twence produces virtually the same CO2 savings as 30 wind turbines.