Practical information

Date: 10.10.2019
Time: 13.00-16.00 (on site)
Site location: Centrale Eemshaven, Synergieweg 1 t/m 9, 9979 XD Eemshaven
Costs: free!

Departure: ± 12.00h
Return: ± 17.00h
Departure location: Groningen Central Station

What is the future of coal-fired power plants?

Around ten years ago, the Dutch authorities designated Eemshaven near Groningen as a site for new power plants. RWE accepted the invitation from the Dutch authorities and built an ultramodern coal-fired power plant. As of 2019, RWE took the decision to replace 15% coal 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.

Visiting 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.

The ultramodern coal-fired power plant in Eemshaven has a capacity of 1,560 MW and was commissioned in 2015. It achieves an efficiency level of 46%. 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 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.

The decision to replace 15% coal with sustainable biomass comes with challenges. Where is this biomass coming from? And are we moving fast enough when the need to change is so urgent? Visiting 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.

Programme includes:

  • Bus tour from Groningen Central Station to Eemshaven and return
  • Introduction to RWE
  • Presentations about the Eemshaven Power Plant
  • Visiting the plant
This event is a public event organized by Energy Academy and is defined as an Energy Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze University of Applied Sience and the University of Groningen. The Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Programme. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and complete 30 ECTS in energy Course at Hanze UAS or University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the Energy Academy Certificate.