Genk-Zuid and Ravenshout heating networks – Province of Limburg

March 20, 2017
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Client:  POM Limburg, part of Eco2Profit
Period:  2012 – 2013
Team:  3E, Greenvis, Stibbe, Rebel, CEE Engineering


Work

The province of Limburg has been convinced for a long time that it has a leading role in reducing the impact on the environment. This has translated into a particularly ambitious step, namely the commitment to make Limburg CO2 neutral by 2020. Limburg’s climate ambitions require first of all, a reduction in energy consumption in all sectors and secondly, greener energy production. Additionally, a great leap forward can be made with the recovery of residual heat, which is inevitably released in large quantities in many industrial processes.

The province of Limburg has been convinced for a long time that it has a leading role in reducing the impact on the environment. This has translated into a particularly ambitious step, namely the commitment to make Limburg CO2 neutral by 2020. Limburg’s climate ambitions require first of all, a reduction in energy consumption in all sectors and secondly, greener energy production. Additionally, a great leap forward can be made with the recovery of residual heat, which is inevitably released in large quantities in many industrial processes.

The study started from a survey of heat supply and demand, through interviews with the energy-intensive industries, a questionnaire aimed at the other companies on the sites and a broad consultation of other parties with relevant projects (renovation of social housing, construction of sports infrastructure, the development of the BeMine site and a greenhouse project).

Subsequently, based on this heat inventory, 3 case studies per region were defined, ranging from compact and easily achievable to broad and ambitious. A technical concept was developed for each case and translated into CAPEX and OPEX.

This data was used in a detailed profitability calculation for the total project and the various stakeholders (producers, purchasers, network operators and a heat supplier as a commercial party). The project was completed by formulating further steps for the optimisation and realisation of a pilot project (the most attractive case study), based on the most realistic organisational structure.