Cars that run on hydrogen, making existing buildings sustainable, setting up a hydrogen filling station or a combination of these: all kinds of green initiatives and projects that the people of Dutch Boosting Group enjoy working on . “We contribute to earthy, future-proof solutions for people and the environment. Everything we do, we do clearly, sustainably and dynamically. In this way, we give complex assignments to customers a boost ”, say employees André Hof and Joost Verheijen.

Dutch Boosting Group has a connecting and independent role between government, business and education. Joost: “There are many pioneers in the Netherlands with fantastic ideas, but those ideas sometimes don’t get off the ground for many reasons. This can be financial, but also due to the lack of access to a relevant network. ” André explains: “Within our company we do not work with job titles, but everyone has his or her own role and specialty. We consult a lot and exchange knowledge with each other, but we also actively network and maintain that network well. It is precisely by looking for connections that we increase our knowledge. ”

New market

Since November 2018, Joost Verheijen has been working within the Dutch Boosting Group on sustainability, the energy transition and (green) hydrogen. Together with the municipality of Veenendaal and the Ondernemend Veenendaal Business Circle, Joost has worked to put this hydrogen on the map more locally. He explains: “In the meantime, we are taking stock of the extent to which companies are interested in hydrogen for the benefit of mobility. In addition, there is a great initiative to organize a “hydrogen meet-up” around the turn of the year, where we can bring various parties into contact with each other and share knowledge. ”
With the arrival of André Hof in March 2019, there has been reinforcement in the field of sustainability and energy transition. With his extensive experience in the field of technology and Joost’s knowledge of governments, they dive into this relatively new market.

Hydrogen is something they are enthusiastic about at DBG. “Green hydrogen can be a very nice addition to the current options for enabling the energy transition,” explains Joost. He indicates that our current power network is going to experience problems with this and that this is sometimes already happening. This network is not designed for the supply of large amounts of green electricity. “What are you going to do with all that precious green electricity generated by windmills and solar panels? You would like to store it, for example by using a battery. Only you cannot get through the winter period with such a battery. Hydrogen can be a very nice alternative to this. Simply put, the green energy you have generated is stored as hydrogen. When you need the stored energy again, you will convert that hydrogen back into energy ”, says Joost.

Nudge

Another concrete and tangible way to use hydrogen is in the car. Joost explains: “You can see this as an electric car, but without a plug. In the case of a “fuel cell” you don’t burn anything (so no nitrogen and CO2 emissions) and you don’t have to drive around with heavy battery packs. Soon you will no longer be allowed to enter Amsterdam with a diesel, the hydrogen car is a wonderful alternative to the existing options. Especially for heavy road transport and taxi companies. ” He adds: “In Veenendaal, for example, we are also actively involved in supporting and establishing a hydrogen filling station. The beauty of this is that we can connect the right people and initiatives to each other through our network. We are creating a so-called hydrogen ecosystem. The petrol station is a beautiful but standalone initiative. What if we look for a combination with other local initiatives? We believe in the power of the collective, so that we can strengthen each other locally. This can provide just the push that initiatives need to get off the ground. ”

André Hof

Joost Verheijen