The use of energy is not a goal in and of itself. Energy is used to meet certain human needs. In other words, energy is necessary to provide a particular service - an energy service, such as comfort, mobility, communication, or entertainment. We like our homes to have a pleasant temperature. When the weather is cold, we obtain that pleasant temperature by using energy via a central heating system. This provides heat, for which it needs energy, usually in the form of natural gas. In addition, we want to travel quickly from one place to another. This also requires energy, in the form of petrol, diesel fuel, or electricity. These forms of energy propel cars, buses, trains, and trams, enabling us to transport ourselves quickly.

People all over the world enjoy entertainment and keeping in touch with other people, even those far away, and the Dutch are no different. To this end, people use radios, televisions, telephones, tablets, and computers, all of which need energy in the form of electricity. In order to provide energy well, the energy from an energy source is usually converted into a form that is suitable for providing the energy service. This conversion may take several steps. In order to heat a residence using a central heating system, the energy from natural gas is used to heat the water in a central-heating boiler. This warm water is transported to radiators, which heat the residence using thermal radiation and warm air. If the residence is heated using an electric heat pump, a power station converts the energy from natural gas, coal, petroleum, or sustainable energy into electricity, which is then used to operate a heat pump. The heat pump warms the water which heats the residence via radiators. The energy needed to operate a car is obtained by converting petroleum into petrol or diesel oil in refineries. The car's engine further converts this petrol or diesel oil into mechanical energy, which propels the car. For communication and entertainment, natural gas, coal, petroleum, or sustainable energy is converted into electricity. This electricity powers radios, televisions, telephones, tablets, and computers.

The Dutch gas and electricity networks are among the most reliable in Europe. As a result, Dutch consumers and businesses do not have to deal with power cuts very often. Network managers work hard to keep the reliability of the power network at a high level. Each year, they invest some €2 billion in replacing and expanding their power networks.

Network managers can keep the reliability of their networks at its highest by using the best available equipment. And that means choosing Staka's range of switchboxes. This can entail columns with separators for unmetered connections or larger aluminium or stainless steel installation boxes for regulator systems. And Staka is ready for the high-tech future of the power network with its line of single and double-walled 19” boxes designed for ICT components and functions. If you have any questions relating to the energy market, please feel free to contact Richard Esendam.

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