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Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Departure: 12:00 h Central Station Groningen Return: +- 17:00 h Central Station Groningen
Location: RWE Eemshaven (transport from Groningen Central Station is included)

This is a student-only event, free of any costs.

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Power company RWE  took the decision to replace 15% coal produced energy with sustainable biomass starting in the first half of 2019. The replacement of coal by biomass is an important pillar of the target of achieving 14% renewable energy generation in the Netherlands by 2020, as agreed in the 2013 Energy Agreement. But where is this biomass coming from? And are we moving fast enough when the need to change is so urgent? Today’s visit to the coal-fired power plant in Eemshaven will give you an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the industrial transformation and themes like energy security and dependency.



Around ten years ago, the Dutch authorities designated the port areas of Maasvlakte near Rotterdam and Eemshaven near Groningen as sites for new power plants, because of the presence of ports for importing fuel and the availability of sufficient cooling water. RWE accepted the invitation from the Dutch authorities and built an ultramodern coal-fired power plant in Eemshaven, with a capacity of 1,560 MW, which was commissioned in 2015. It achieves an efficiency level of 46 per cent. A higher level of efficiency means that less fuel is required to generate the same amount of energy, ultimately resulting in lower emissions, because of the purification and filter systems it has the lowest emissions of its type.

The RWE Eemshaven power plant comprises two “ultra-super-critical” boilers. Since they are specially designed to be started up and shut down quickly, they can help balance out the fluctuating electricity feed-in from renewable energy sources. RWE states that the plant makes a good fit for the modern world of energy supply, because of this flexibility.


Programme includes:

  • Bus tour from Groningen Central Train Station to Eemshaven and return
  • Introduction to RWE company
  • Presentations about the Eemshaven power plant
  • Visit to the plant

It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.

Website: New Energy Coalition