This summer, at the Rijswijk Centre for Sustainable Geo-energy (RCSG), the Energy Cave was opened. This is both an exhibition space and meeting place where the newest insights on sustainable energy techniques will be shared. The Dutch province Zuid-Holland supports the RCSG als accelerator of energy transition.
At various locations in Zuid-Holland is being investigated whether and how geothermal heat can be used as a replacement for natural gas. In the Energy Cave, knowledge and experience are made accessible. The visitors literally descend into the earth and, during their journey, gain insight into the possibilities, for example, regarding drilling technologies.
Experts in the field
In the past months, many workshops workshop took place in the Energy Cave, along with tours for schools and universities. These events are, amongst other reasons, intended to get people interested in geothermics, a discipline that can definitely use more experts to accelerate the energy transition. Besides that, the Energy Cave is an adventurous and international meeting location for everyone who engages in geothermics, both in The Netherlands and abroad.
The RCSG is an open innovation laboratory that allows testing of geothermal energy solutions. It engages as a knowledge institute and testing ground to accelerate innovation and with it, the energy transition. The lab can be used by national and international businesses to test materials under high pressure, test temperatures, and new drilling technologies, for example, in a full-scale testing ground. The RCSG is a collaboration between the TNO, the province Zuid-Holland, municipality Rijswijk, the ministry of EZK, and Energie Beheer Nederland.
Source: Province Zuid-Holland