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Large proportion of solar panel inverters potentially unsafe and prone to failure, waivers National Inspectorate

A growing number of solar panel installations in the Netherlands may be at risk, according to a recent report by the Rijksinspectie Digitale Infrastructuur (RDI). The report shows that many inverters, crucial components of these installations, do not meet standard security requirements. As a result, they can cause interference with other wireless devices and be vulnerable to hacking.

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Liander reports new bottlenecks in power grid Gelderland, North Holland and South Holland

Liander, one of the largest grid operators in the Netherlands, has announced that new challenges have arisen on the electricity grid in the provinces of Gelderland, North Holland and South Holland. According to the grid operator, the maximum capacity of the grid has been reached, affecting, in particular, customers with a large-consumption connection, such as companies.

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Penalty tax on gas hinders national sustainability: Entrepreneurs call for fair and feasible policy

Dutch business organisations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland have generally reacted positively to Minister Jetten's recently presented Climate Plans. The Dutch business community fully supports the government's climate goals. However, there are significant concerns among entrepreneurs about the punitive tax on gas, among other things. This measure is seen as highly unfair to thousands of entrepreneurs who want to become more sustainable but are hampered by overloaded electricity networks and a lack of other sustainable alternatives.

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Study Shows Potential for Operation of Modular Nuclear Reactors in the Netherlands

A recently published study, commissioned by Dutch Minister of Climate Rob Jetten, suggests that the approval and construction of smaller, modular nuclear reactors could be implemented faster than previously thought. The investigation, conducted by the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG), demonstrates the possibility of building approved and established water-cooled modular nuclear reactors within seven years. However, the implementation of novel nuclear technologies not previously utilized in the Netherlands would require more time.

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