The water board has potential.

Water boards make an important contribution to the energy transition. Water boards strive to be energy neutral by 2025. The potential of the water boards’ heat sources is huge and deserves a prominent position within the Regional Energy Strategies (RES) and the Transition Visions Heat (TvW) of municipalities.

But where can one find that potential in our area? And where is it promising enough to realize? The answers to this remain vague if you do not have the correct calculations and regional partners are not connected.

TheEarlybirds and Waterprof are working together to utilize the heat sources of water boards. With clear maps, transparent calculations and an area-oriented process, we can assist you in 4 steps towards the realization of a sustainable heat project.

How we can assist you.

There is a lot of potential for sustainable energy out of the assets of water boards.
Because this appears to be a new task for water boards, new policy is needed.
We are exploring this new terrain together with Waterprof. You can read how we do this below.

Inventory of heat sources

In order to participate in developing a Transition Vision Heat (TvW), it is firstly important for a water board to know which heat sources are available. We make an inventory of all possible heat sources and their capacities. Additionally we do an initial exploration into the regional usage and its (future) heat demand which gives a more complete overview.

Heat sources opportunities map

With the overview of the water board’s heat sources we determine the most promising locations. We firstly develop a decision tree to value opportunities for utilizing hydrothermal energy in the water board’s area. We analyze the water board’s heat sources using GIS.

We use various criteria such as distance from the heat source and link other objectives such as water quality. We also estimate future heat demand for the most promising locations. We link supply and demand for both low and high temperature heat networks.

Feasibility scan location

We explore the feasibility of a single or multiple locations. We select promising locations for the development of a hydrothermal project. We map out the water management situation for each location and investigate the technical and legal preconditions for the development of a project.

We also examine in detail the built environment and the heat and cooling demand of its area. At a promising source, we use the COLONY model to investigate the feasibility of a heat network for the residents. Here we include the water board, the municipality and residents housing corporation collectives to jointly discuss the possibilities.

Setup heat project

If you want to get started with your heat project, we will set it up together with you. Based on the feasibility scan, we identify which technical issues still need to be investigated on both the demand and supply side. We set up an area process in which governments, housing corporations and residents’ collectives are involved.

We make an initial design for the heating system where we also look at the roles in the entire heat chain. Detailed calculations with the COLONY model are input for the technical preconditions. We are starting up the permit granting process.

More about COLONY.

The COLONY model can help in various ways in the heat transition of neighborhoods and towns. These videos tell more about it (Dutch).

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Guido van Enckevort, sustainablist,
municipality of Kaag and Braassem

“COLONY is a great instrument to see from a residents’ perspective what collective heating solutions do in relation to individual all-electric variants. This approach fitted in well with the way we are working on the energy transition in Kaag and Braassem. The tooling also helps to to make the task of the energy transition concrete and transparent for those involved. Because of the many different buttons you can turn, you need to think very sharply and carefully about which scenarios you exactly want.”