PDENH and Engie also become partner in biomass energy plant Ambigo in Alkmaar

16 februari 2017

  • Investment Fund Sustainable Economy North-Holland (PDENH) andENGIE become new partners alongside Royal Dahlman, ECN and Gasunie New Energy.
  • Research and demonstration project converts waste wood and other residual flows into green gas.
  • Start of construction planned for 2017, start of production for 2018.

Alkmaar, 16 February 2017 – A positive decision by the Investment Fund Sustainable Economy North-Holland (PDENH) and ENGIE to become partners represents one of the last steps towards the creation of Ambigo, a unique and innovative biomass gasification plant in Alkmaar. Gasunie New Energy, Royal Dahlman and ECN had already given the research and demonstration project the green light. It is expected that, from 2018, the research and demonstration facility can be used to convert residual flows of biomass, such as waste wood, very efficiently into green gas.

Ambigo is a research and demonstration facility where three innovative Dutch technologies (MILENA, OLGA and ESME), invented by ECN, are being combined for the first time ever into an industrial process for producing green gas. Together they ensure that different types of biomass can be converted very efficiently into green gas in the installation.

Converting waste streams into green gas

There is an important role for biomass in a sustainable energy supply. If biomass is used efficiently, it is first converted into high-quality products such as medicines, foodstuffs and green chemicals. This is followed by transport fuels, energy and heating. This process reduces our waste streams and, at the same time, generates green gas.

First to use InVesta at Energy Innovation Park

Ambigo will be based at Alkmaar's Energy Innovation Park and will be the first company to use the facilities of InVesta, a centre of expertise for biomass gasification and green gas. InVesta provides assistance to organisations and companies carrying out practical research into biomass gasification technology. It is Alkmaar's aim to develop into an international expertise hub on this site.



About Royal Dahlman

Royal Dahlman is a global supplier of specialised filtration system technology for the (petro)chemical industry and high-tech components for gas turbines. Royal Dahlman's sustainable technology portfolio is fulfilled by Dahlman Renewable Technology (DRT). DRT and ECN have been working together to develop the MILENA and OLGA technologies for more than 15 years already. Both technologies are ECN-patented inventions, which are being developed further in close cooperation with DRT. DRT markets these technologies throughout the world; for more information, visit: www.royaldahlman.com/renewable 

About ECN

ECN is the Netherlands' biggest research institute for sustainable energy. With around 500 employees, ECN participates actively in projects at home and abroad and cooperates with industry, authorities and research institutes on solar energy, wind energy, biomass, energy-efficiency and environment and energy engineering. ECN is based in Petten, Amsterdam, Eindhoven; for more information, visit: www.ecn.nl 


ENGIE Nederland consists of ENGIE Energie and ENGIE Services and is a leading energy and services company that employs 6,400 people. In 2015 ENGIE Nederland achieved revenues of €1.85 billion. We are leading the way and establishing the energy transition through innovative and sustainable energy solutions. We give direction to this change by helping customers (companies, institutions and consumers) to make the transition from fossil to 100% sustainable and the movement towards decentralization, as quickly and cost effectively as possible. ENGIE Nederland is part of the ENGIE Group that employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015. For more information, visit: www.engie-services.nl

About Gasunie New Energy

Gasunie New Energy focuses on scaling up innovative, sustainable energy solutions. New Energy looks particularly at new technologies which have proved themselves on a small scale. Its aim is to work with other partners to scale up these concepts for application at a commercial level. In doing so, New Energy is looking not only at technological and financial aspects, but also social considerations. New Energy is a subsidiary of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, which provides gas transmission in the Netherlands and north Germany. Gasunie wants to contribute towards the success of the energy transition from the point of view of its public role and based on its gas knowledge and expertise. New Energy is the embodiment of this; for more information, visit: www.gasunienewenergy.nl.


Investment Fund Sustainable Economy North-Holland is a revolving fund in the Province of North-Holland that has been set up with public capital. This fund contributes to both the realization of the sustainable ambitions and the economic development of the province. In which way? By investing in innovative SMEs and projects in biomass, sustainable building, (offshore) wind and solar energy, together with private co-investors. Other sustainable innovations may also be eligible for investment. The fund is managed by KplusV and StartGreen Capital.