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Dutch solar power plants: space and cost savings

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Dutch solar power plants space and cost savings

Built on the lake near the Dutch city of Zwolle, the facility, which is the largest solar power plant outside of Asia, produces enough energy to meet 6 percent of the city’s energy needs. With its unique design and advanced technology.

European solar company BayWa re is behind the project called Floating Solar. The German company, which operates globally, is working on renewable energy solutions that we can benefit from nature. Project manager Willem Biesheuvel says the power plant works like solar farms on land or solar panels on your roof: “The only difference is that the panels are placed on four float boats. The steel structures surrounding the floaters also act as the roof.”

From idle areas to power plants

“Our biggest advantage is to be able to make functional areas that do not work in countries with a dense population by size.” says Benedikt Ortman from BayWare, emphasizing the importance of the preferred location for another farm built in a sand quarry.

According to Ortmann, it has been proven for the first time that solar energy can be obtained at the same or even less cost than natural gas, coal or fuel oil at the facilities in Poland. This advantage becomes even more important due to the high investment costs in renewable energy systems.

The integration of advanced technology products makes the solar power plant efficient for a longer period of time and reduces costs for both producers and consumers in the long run.

Reminding that the beauty of renewable energy is that the sun and wind are free, Ortmann said, “This means that electricity prices will fall as long as solar or wind farms remain in operation.” He says and adds: “So we need long-lasting materials”.

High-capacity devices reduce costs

One of the most important components of solar farms is inverters. As Huawei has developed, this type of inverter converts direct current to alternating current, allowing it to reach our homes as energy thanks to electrical networks.

Saying that they use inverters with high production capacity, Biesheuvel states that space and cost savings are saved with fewer inverters.

The lifespan of the giant floating solar power plant in the Netherlands is at least 30 years. All the tools used here are also recyclable. According to those responsible for the project, larger lakes and seas are targeted in the next phase.

Berry moved to the Netherlands for her art studies. She is living in Amsterdam for 16 years. You can see her in Amsterdam streets with her fancy pink bike. She is a professional photographer and blog journal lover.

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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