Holland’s largest gas producer has launched a competition to try and crack long-term energy storage.
The €50,000 cash prize is small. But the winners get to scale up their technologies within NAM’s operations and infrastructure and will receive a contract to do so.
NAM is a joint venture between Shell and Exxon Mobil. It operates the giant Groningen gas field, which faces an uncertain political future due to earthquakes in the region caused by extraction.
The competition seeks technologies that are “compatible with the current energy system, which is based on gas as an energy carrier”, with the aim of storing “large, even massive amounts of renewable energy” so that it is always available when required.
Entrants should have tested their solutions in the lab or at a small scale.
See details here.