Sustainable Ameland continues to take the lead


Ameland is aiming to be fifteen to twenty years ahead of the rest of the Netherlands in the energy transition. In order to maintain this momentum, various parties, including GasTerra, have signed the third Sustainable Ameland Agreement.   

Under what is known as 'Sustainable Ameland', all sorts of innovative energy-related technologies have been tested and demonstrated on Ameland for the last ten years. GasTerra has been involved from the very beginning by participating in such projects as hydrogen injection into natural gas, gas-engine-driven heat pumps, a natural gas filling station, several electricity-generating condensing boilers, two mini-CHP installations, 45 fuel cells and installation of hybrid heat pumps into rental and owner-occupied properties.

Flip van Koten
Flip van Koten

All these projects were carried out within the scope of two agreements.  The municipality of Ameland, Eneco, NAM and GasTerra signed the first agreement, Philips joined the other parties in signing the second. The third agreement has expanded to include the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (EnTranCe), Liander and TNO. Flip van Koten signed on 13 June on behalf of GasTerra. 

The energy transition resembles a game of chess
Where the first two agreements related to stand-alone projects, the third agreement strives to link current and new projects. Forging these links has resulted in the Energy Network. In addition to making energy savings and generating sustainable energy – from sun, wind, tidal energy, green gas – the parties will also realise a suitable energy infrastructure on the island. Of course, it is important for these plans to receive support from the Amelanders; this aspect will receive plenty of attention over the coming months and will involve working closely with the different village groups.  On the evening of 13 June, the Amelanders were given a sneak preview: they could place 'chess pieces' on a scale model, which then gave them a vision of the future energy supply. For the energy transition can be seen as a game of chess; it involves making sensible choices and being able to look ahead.

Pioneering work
The parties to the agreement are now going to develop all kinds of scenarios so that they continue to stay one step ahead in the transition towards a CO2-neutral energy supply. Of course, this will only be viable if the energy supply solution can be copied elsewhere and not simply apply to the island. This is essential so that other areas of the Netherlands can also benefit from the pioneering work on Ameland!