Written by Astrid Madsen from the municipality of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
To accommodate the energy transition towards an energy system that is no longer dependent of fossil fuels we are to change our heating system. The Heat Roundabout is our answer in the area of thec, The Netherlands.
The Heat Roundabout is a network of heat pipes connecting greenhouses, industrial buildings and residential consumers in South Holland. In the first stage, the heat consists of mainly industrial residual heat from the Rotterdam port area. In due course, the roundabout-effect occurs in two distinctive ways. Firstly by allowing different (types of) renewable and energy efficient heat sources to provide heat to the network and secondly, by expanding the Roundabout by connecting more districts to the network.
The Province of South Holland initiated a Green Deal and started together with 25 public and private partners the Program Heating & Cooling South Holland. The shared ambition is to have 20PJ of sustainable heat in 2020. This 20 PJ is equivalent to heating 350.000 households and 1.000ha greenhouses. The Heat Roundabout will help us realise our ambition. These 25 partners focus on sharing knowledge, removing barriers and chasing opportunities. The realisation of each part of the Heat Roundabout will be done by a coalition of relevant partners.
For example the province of South Holland as well as the municipalities of The Hague, Delft, Westland and Rotterdam is talking together with E.On, Eneco, Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam, Westland Infra and Port of Rotterdam the first steps toward realisation of the western part of the Heat Roundabout.