Are home batteries harmful to the environment

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We will not achieve the Paris climate targets with solar and wind energy, say the parliamentarians. Because of this, there is ample space for alternatives such as hydrogen and energy storage at home. This also includes storing electricity in cars. These alternative forms of green energy are designed to improve the European Union's ability to tackle the climate problem.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Friday on the development of hydrogen and energy storage. The generation of energy from “green hydrogen” is an important addition to solar collectors and wind turbines. For this reason the MEPs call on the European Commission to continue research on hydrogen. European aid can also help lower the cost of green hydrogen and make it economically attractive. In addition, gas pipelines could be used as transport lines for hydrogen. The European Parliament would like to carry out further investigations into this, partly because the gas will run out at some point.

It has gradually been found that the energy from the sun and wind is not always reliable. If there is not enough wind, turbines cannot meet the energy demand. This also applies to dark days. In this case, too little solar energy is generated. That is why we have to store green energy so that there is enough available on days with little energy. Home batteries and car storage are good tools for this, the European Parliament said. Examples of this are new battery technologies as well as heat and cold storage.

The European Parliament supports the European Commission in developing a uniform European standard for batteries so that the EU becomes less and less dependent on imports from non-EU countries. Since these countries use raw materials in an environmentally harmful way, it is also better to develop batteries yourself. By investing more in recycling and buying sustainable raw materials, the EU can take an environmentally friendly step, MEPs say.

In addition, EU rules on new forms of energy need to be relaxed to facilitate the switch to hydrogen and other forms of energy storage. There are currently too many double taxes, the energy networks are outdated and the EU network codes are inadequate. This makes it difficult for developers of energy storage systems. The European Parliament wants these obstacles to be removed.

The Dutch MEPs are satisfied with the result achieved. "Energy storage systems keep the future energy price manageable by absorbing peaks and valleys and are therefore of great importance for the CDA for a practicable and affordable energy transition," says CDA employee Tom Berendsen. 'We have to invest wisely in the necessary infrastructure. That also offers opportunities for the Netherlands. 'VVD member Bart Groothuis is committed to hydrogen. "There are opportunities here for the Netherlands, the energy transition and, above all, for new companies that can stimulate this innovation."

FvD member Rob Roos regrets that clean nuclear energy is not an option in the plans. 'The resolution only applies to wind and solar energy and hydrogen. At the same time, the energy targets for 2030 will be further increased, while gas and nuclear energy will be excluded. People talk about "investing" but it's really about subsidies. Who will pay for that? The FvD advocates a different energy mix, where there is room for real innovation in nuclear energy, the economical use of fossils and the use of gas. '

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