Ecoregion Antwerp, Belgium
The industrial region Antwerp, with over 500.000 people living in the city centre and surrounding districts, is located next to the river Scheldt. Antwerp can count on the second largest port of Europe and on two interesting business parks near the port area. Within the project framework and in order to build up the Antwerp eco-region, 2 industrial areas are identified: Terbekehof (TBH) and Kanaalkant (KK).The city has a total heat demand of 31 PJ, of which 14,5 PJ is in areas with a heat demand density of more than 300 TJ/km². Excess heat facilities (including waste-to-energyfacilities) with a theoretical output of more than 50 PJ are located within less than 15 kilometres away from the city centre. According to the Pan-European Thermal Atlas 4.3 Antwerp is identified as a heat synergy region (NUTS3 region ID: BE211) with a very high priority level 1.
In the meantime, the dimensioning of the first phase of the heat network considers the future capacity of the second phase. Together with POM Antwerp and the trade association (HIW), the city of Antwerp is working hard to realize the most sustainable, eco-friendly and energy-efficient business park in Flanders in terms of infrastructure, energy, green and waste policy.
Moreover, a circular sustainability study has been carried out with a focus on feasible project plans at Kanaalkant, including a heat-exchange plan between users of a so-called food-cluster and residential area. From the inventory and consultation with stakeholders it was concluded that there was no possibility of mutual interaction exchange of residual heat between companies. Nonetheless, the realisation of a heat network with the nearby residential area is realistic. Other cases can be investigated with the R-ACES tools.