A REVOLUTIONARY AND100% SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVE
An initiative of:
Van Peperstraten Group has existed as a family business
for five generations on Goeree-Overflakkee. The farm
grew into a large producer under the leadership of
grandfather Tone Peperstraten. Once farmers wanted to
parcel out their plots sometimes spread out over several
polders and wanted to work towards scaling-up their
plots, his son Kees van Peperstraten noticed a need for a
new market. He decided to enter the world of property
mediation. As a farmer he didnt only know the market, but
he, as no other, knew the need for personal and discreet
mediation in the purchase and sale of complete farms,
land, plots and when leasing.
Meanwhile, Tonnie van Peperstraten is continuing his
father Kees work. In a new era in which nature and
landscape play an important role. Initially the early
parcelling out of the land was at the expense of existing
nature on the island, but now new spectacular nature
areas are emerging on the island. In the polders new trees
are being planted and old creeks are getting more space.
The growing awareness of sustainable solutions also fits
within this perspective.
Tonnie looks at his family business, the Van Peperstraten
Group, with a new vision and brings all work areas
together logically and effectively. His farm, covering 300
acres and where for example onions, potatoes, sugar beet,
wheat and tulips are grown, has been made completely
CO2-neutral thanks to state-of-the-art technology and
he is also launching a sustainable gas station which uses
alternative fuels: Greenpoint Holland-Zeeland.
By looking further than his own discipline, Van
Peperstraten connects his private initiative with citizens,
governments, the European Union, the industry and
business sector and science.
A unique project, never seen before in the world.
A UNIQUE PROJECT,NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE WORLD
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Focal pointGreenpoint Holland-Zeelands location, at the foot of
the Grevelingendam, is no coincidence. The local and
provincial authorities are investigating the possibility of
a tidal power station on the Brouwersdam. This initiative,
together with the arrival of 200 megawatts of wind
power, is an important step towards the national target to
generate twenty percent of all energy in sustainable ways
by 2020. The energy from this power station, the windmills
and the Greenpoint is helping Goeree-Overflakkee in its
efforts to be completely energy neutral by 2020.
The tidal power station and Greenpoint Holland-Zeeland
can help make the area around the Grevelingendam and the
Brouwersdam the focal point of a new Delta export product.
An important step towards the national target is
TO GENERATE 20% OF ALL ENERGY IN SUSTAINABLE WAYS BY 2020.
BUT WE GO FOR 100%
A UNIQUE PROJECT,NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE WORLD
Greenpoint Holland-ZeelandIn the middle of the island Goeree-Overflakkee in
Zuid-Holland, the Van Peperstraten Group is developing
a unique total concept concerning sustainable energy.
Greenpoint Holland Zeeland is a revolutionary initiative
that brings agriculture, technology and innovation
together to produce energy with natural resources
without producing damaging waste.
RAINWATERA CLEAN, HONEST AND INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE TO:
spray crops using fewer pesticides
cool or heat storages without fossil fuels
clean motor vehicles and agricultural vehicles in
the carwash without wasting tap water
produce hydrogen to power hydrogen
The storage of agricultural products such as potatoes,
onions, wheat and carrots uses a lot of energy. It is still
customary to cool or heat storages with fossil fuels.
Even though the facilities themselves offer very different
solutions. For example, the roof of the sheds is ideal for
installing solar panels and for catching rainwater.
Also the rinsing water (rainwater and wastewater) that
ends up on the surrounding yard is easy to store in cellars
under the shed. Even the water that is formed through a
process of dehumidification of the stored products flows
into the storage cellar. Previously all this water would
disappear into the ditches, unused.
STORAGE SHED FOR THE FUTURE
CO2-NEUTRAL IN ALL RESPECTSAll the water that is collected is a source of opportunities. After purification, it is useful for
the production of hydrogen. It is also suitable to irrigate the crops, a much less expensive
and a more environmentally friendly alternative to tap water, for this clean water saves at
least fifteen percent on costs for pesticides.
The purified water is suitable for the carwash and wash-boxes at Green Point. The collect-
ed water is also useful to heat or cool the storages using a heat pump. This pump and all
the needed equipment operate on the energy that is generated by the solar panels.
OPTIMAL USE OF SOLAR PANELS AND THE INTELLIGENT COLLECTING OF RAINWATER BREAKS THE CHAIN OF POLLUTION AND DEPENDENCE ON COSTLY FOSSIL FUELS SUCH AS DIESEL AND NATURAL GAS.
STORAGE SHED FOR THE FUTURE
Greenpoint Holland-Zeeland is going to get a sustainable
petrol station with alternative fuels: BP station
Oude-Tonge. Besides offering the regular fuels*, the petrol
station will also offer two types of natural gas: a version
that retains its original gas form (CNG) and a version that
through extreme cooling takes on a liquid form (LNG).
The Greenpoint will itself transform LNG into CNG.
Furthermore, there will be two charging stations for
hybrid and electric cars, boats, scooters, segways and
bicycles. Through electrolysis, the petrol station will
produce hydrogen as a fuel for passenger cars, buses,
tractors and trucks. In the near future, the hydrogen
will also be used for the storage of solar energy and
wind energy in hydrogen.
The Van Peperstraten Groups farm collects more water
and produces more energy than it needs. This excess
energy and purified water gets sent directly to
Greenpoint Holland-Zeeland by pipes and cables.
Therefore, all electrical equipment runs on solar energy.
The charging stations for electrical cars work thanks to
the solar panels attached on to the petrol station and
the storage buildings. The same applies to the shop,
restaurant, meeting room and the hotel. Moreover, the
carwash drains water from six jet wash-boxes filled with
CNG Compressed Natural Gas natural gas compressed
under high pressure and keeps its original gas form.
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas in liquid form, natural gas takes
up six hundred times less space, which makes it easier to
store and transport.
Bio-LNG is created by the fermentation of organic material.
The Van Peperstraten Group is momentarily exploring
the possibilities of using waste products for this
fermentation process. This would be the last step
for completing the circle between the farm and
* There will be no LPG-pump
NATURAL GASNatural gas is the cleanest of all fossil fuels.
There is even a biological variant.
THE FARM COLLECTS MORE WATER AND PRODUCES MORE ENERGY THAN IT NEEDS.
Electricity splits water molecules, making pure hydrogen
and oxygen. This process is so simple that you could make
hydrogen with water and electricity wherever you are.
It seems contradictory: using electricity to release the
electricity stored in hydrogen. Because solar energy is
free, the energy loss of fifty percent is no problem.
ELECTROLYSIS OF WATER
Together with governments, the industry and
scientists, the Van Peperstraten Group is researching
the feasibility of hydrogen production with alternative
energy. Through electrolysis, water can be separated
into hydrogen and oxygen (see below). Hydrogen is
suitable to generate electricity in a fuel cell to drive
Another possibility is the use in an internal combustion
engine, in which hydrogen is injected into the cylinders,
and thereby powers the motor (the same as with natural
gas or LPG). In both cases, the hydrogen comes in
contact with oxygen, because of that a reaction takes
place: hydrogen is converted into energy and water
pure products that dont damage the environment.
At the moment there are hardly any vehicles that run
on hydrogen. Although manufacturers are developing
prototypes, consumers cannot fuel sustainable hydro-
gen anywhere in the Netherlands. To break this deadlock,
Greenpoint Holland-Zeeland is getting an electrolysis
system that produces sustainable hydrogen. The Van