The establishment of an open district heating network
The open district heating network combines the usage of waste heat from industries in the area and the capacity of the CHP. This combination provides local green heat and energy to private and public housing, schools, institutions, and businesses for a competitive price.
The network has the potential to act as a buffer for renewable electricity produced in periods of low electricity demand. The surplus of renewable electricity can be converted into heat and temporally stored in heat buffers and used at a later date. The project can also offer balancing capacity to network operators in the national electricity grid. In the future this is becoming more and more important due to additional on- and offshore wind capacities in the Netherlands. The total achieved greenhouse gas emission savings equal to approx. 4,500 tons of CO2 per annum. In addition it is estimated that the project will produce around 735,000 kWh per annum of electricity.
The Municipality of Zaanstad is part of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. It has around 150,000 inhabitants and it is aiming to play a leading role in the energy transition, stimulating local energy production from waste heat and renewable sources. The project, to combine local sources of (waste) energy with local demand, is one of the major components of the climate program of the municipality to realize energy savings, CO2 reduction and a rising share of renewables in the energy mix of the municipality.