Written by our Consultants Thomas Craps and Principal Consultant Maarten Vansteenbeeck

 

Our team attended the Warmtewende conference organized by Warmtenetwerk Vlaanderen, Energik and Flux50.

The key takeaways

  1. Collective initiatives like heat networks should always be customized to the needs of the end users. These initiatives (for example energy hubs) are proven to be cheaper and more sustainable then decentralized installations.
  2. An energy hub is a geographically defined area that acts as a well-thought-out energy system and within which the industrial site acts as an energy hub for the whole. As primary recipient of renewable and sustainable energy, including from the regional production areas, it links energy demand and supply via a multi carrier energy system (PV, wind and thermal energy resources).
  3. An energy hub requires complementary energy profiles (supply, demand, transportation network and cooperation). The usage of energy hubs will help the decarbonization within the local energy transition.

 

Use case

The city of Antwerp is focusing on developing multiple heat networks using different thermal energy resources:

  1. High temperature (HT) heat sources for specified HT consumers (port, industry, historic city…).
  2. Local low/medium temperature (LT/MT) sources for building heat islands and usage of interconnections (MT for semi-isolated constructions and LT for new heat efficient constructions in the city).
  3. This all with a focus on energy cascades for reducing energy losses as shown on the picture.

 

     

 

For more information check out the different presentations of the day on: Warmtewende voor de industrie – Ode

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss how your company can prepare and adapt its business processes to the changing situation in the energy market.

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