Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy: Technological scope and potential cost reductions Early Phase Scale up | 2023

The Dutch government realises new technologies are needed to meet upcoming climate targets. It has therefore proposed the development of subsidy instruments that will accelerate research and scale-up of technologies for high-quality energy carriers.

On February 15th 2023, the Dutch ministry of Economic affairs and Climate Policy released their report on renewable energy technologies in need of government support called ‘Technological scope and potential cost reductions Early Phase Scale up’.

The aim of the research was to identify which technologies are most suitable for and in need of government support, according to various criteria.

Among which (but not limited to):

1.     the technology is necessary for a climate-neutral society,

2.     the technology is ready for scale-up but needs government help to do so,

3.     government intervention at this stage of the technology’s development is effective,

4.     government intervention will have deep and broad impact.

Biomass pyrolyisis, gasification, and electrolysis (alkaline & PEM) were identified as the technologies that meet the criteria of the assessment framework.

The report then goes into the different areas in which cost reduction may be achieved for each of these technologies. Availability and transportation of biomass feedstocks were highlighted as important components determining the businesscase and viability of conversion plants. Moreover, the standardisation of manufacturing processes, the price and availability of renewable electricity, and increasing fossil carbon prices were listed as the most promising avenues for cost reduction.

Download the full report on the righthand-side or click here.