Escaping net congestion in 2024.

Three new energy kids on the block.

By Cas Weijenberg & Wim Nieuwenhuijse

This new year’s resolution from Morph is about three solutions that tackle the downside of energytransition: netcongestion.

Addressing it requires a multifaceted approach that combines technological innovations, regulatory measures, and strategic planning. Here are some smart solutions we came across in our projects that are being deployed by new ventures. Our pick: focus on those solutions that are scalable. The sustainable tech is there; now it is time to make use of it for a seamless carbon neutral transition.


1. Energy Storage

Deploying storage solutions, allows for the capture and storage of excess energy during periods of low demand. This stored energy can be released during peak times, reducing strain on the grid. Until now, home batteries are too expensive to justify a good business case. At Morph we see many alternatives popping up. The development of fuel cells, for example, are rapidly growing into commercial feasible products. The innovations based on electrolysis can be deployed in stand-alone power supply or combined heat & power systems (CPH) for both consumer and business use.


2. Microgrids

Energy tech players are rapidly establishing microgrids, which are smaller, localized energy systems. They provide a decentralized approach to energy generation and distribution. These systems can operate independently or in conjunction with the main grid, reducing overall load. Morph notices that microgrids are increasingly getting the attention of business parks who are limited in scaling up the access to the main grid due to net congestion. Energy service operators are increasingly offering ancillary services on a KWh-fee basis.


3. Online energy saving platforms

You can save a lot of money by outsmarting net congestion, but you can also check if there are additional gains in spending less energy. In this business, the classic model of local contracting for isolation, heat pumps and PV & EV are being replaced by smart online platforms. They offer hassle free bundles of energy saving components and turnaround projects. As in e-commerce, those platforms have access to a large demand that want a guided optimization of their energy savings. They have turned the value chain upside down. And reap the profits from their customer intimacy, whilst the installation partners are doing the low margin grunt work.


Mix & match

We think it is important to note that a combination of these solutions, tailored to the specific challenges and opportunities of your business, can contribute to a more robust and adaptive energy infrastructure. Each solution can be integrated into a comprehensive energy strategy to ensure long-term sustainability and resilience.

More information on smart energy solutions? Contact Cas or Wim at Morph.