By: Rubina Obaid
Energy generated through biomass has played a major role in helping Netherland in stepping ahead for the production of clean power. In Netherland biomass is one of the largest sources of renewable energy contributing to 60 percent of total energy.
Among all EU countries, Netherland is taking greater stride in switching towards renewable energy sources that grew 16 percent, as compared to the last year. The country is striving to achieve the objective of green energy sources through biomass and the government also stimulates the development of biomass energy. A total of 181 petajoules of the country’s energy came from renewable energy sources and out of which more than half of the increase is due to biomass. One of the major reasons behind this boost is the usage of biodiesel and biogasoline in the power plants.
For the development of the bio-based energy last year, 8.6 percent of Netherland’s total 2100 petajoules energy consumption was obtained through renewable sources. Whereas, in the year 2018, 7.4 percent of the total energy of 2100 petajoules of total energy is obtained through renewable sources. In order to be aligned with the criteria of Europe Agreement of climate neutrality that says 14 percent of the country’s energy must be produced through renewables by 2020 and the figure should be raised to 16% by 2023 according to Dutch Energy Agreement official targets. Netherland has also established a comprehensive legal and administrative framework to nurture the smooth deployment of renewables.
Energy generated through biomass has played a major role in helping Netherland in stepping ahead for the production of clean power. In Netherland biomass is one of the largest sources of renewable energy contributing to 60 percent of total energy. Currently, biomass is also being used to power a variety of vehicles in the Netherland. Energy consumption from this source is increased by 15 percent to 106 petajoules last year. The most important reason to be considered behind the elevated figure in 2019 is mainly because coal-fired power plants started using more biomass in 2019. The increased figure of biomass substantially substituted coal-fired power plants and was stimulated by the government subsidy. Moreover, in the last year biomass was accounted for 5.6 percent of the total energy consumption.
In the meantime, while the state is trying to switch towards a cleaner and safer energy resources. The contribution of solar energy cannot be ignored, as it significantly contributed in the year 2019, by 37 percent to 20 petajoules. Solar power obtained through installed solar panels increased by 51 percent that is 6,800 megawatts, which is a record amount declared by the stats office. Henceforth, out of total production, 0.94 percent of the energy is produced through solar panels. Wind energy also contributed 7 percent to 39 petajoules and the installed capacity of wind turbines got increased to 4500 megawatts by the end of 2019, which was previously 4,400 megawatts in the year 2018. This way wind energy contributed 1.85 percent of last year’s energy consumption. Nevertheless, growing renewable energy sources with a massive growth rate in Netherland biomass is dominating on numerous other sources and considered as most viable because of its direct combustion characteristic and ample organic wastes, which are readily available to be used for biomass.