An exploration of a future neighbourhood, enjoying clean and flexible energy, integrated electric vehicles and an optimal grid infrastructure.
The objective of this practice is to contribute to an optimised design of the energy profile of ‘De Scheg’ neighbourhood. That means to maximise auto-consumption while optimising the electricity grid. The aim is to reduce the carbon footprint significantly from ‘De Scheg’ and avoid excessive electricity grid investments.
The municipality of Amstelveen wants to supervise the construction of new houses, to ensure compliance with the Paris climate goals and the energy-agreements in The Netherlands (BENG legislation).
The municipality works in close cooperation with different stakeholders on new city development, such as: City developers; Grid operators (DSO); Architects; Installers.
The Mobility & Energy Dashboard developed by Resourcefully supports the municipality in showing how construction decisions will influence the energy objectives and the electricity grid costs. All these stakeholders have their role and interest in developing the new city neighbourhood.
The main components taken into account in this neighbourhood without gas-connection are:
• The self-generated energy (through solar electricity, solar heat is excluded, but can be included in a follow up stage),
• The electricity consumption from the households, divided into three categories: the household energy consumption, the energy required for heating, cooling and ventilation (BENG legislation), and the charging of electric vehicles.
In a next phase, the study could include the incorporation of storage
This project was realised in close co-operation between Resourcefully and the municipality of Amstelveen. It helps a part of Amstelveen neighbourhood development (about 1100 houses) during 2019-2024.
Evidence of success
-> Helps visualising various scenarios of solar energy production & flexible consumption in the neighbourhood
1st phase resulted in:
•Minimum solar required for complying (BENG)
•Added value flexible consumption to make improved direct solar energy usage
•Impact of the flexible utilisation of household devices avoiding energy peaks in demand
•Impact of flexible utilisation of household devices avoiding electricity generation peaks exporting large amounts of electricity to the grid (summer)
Novelty of this project has resulted difficulties in data collection and accuracy. The following criteria are not involved in the model and need to be considered later: EVs smart-charging; More substantial amount of EVs to be investigated; Potential storage; Flexibility of other household devices
Potential for learning or transfer
The first take away from this practice is a tool for modelling and visualising sustainable energy profile of other future neighbourhoods. The result can be used by city planners, architects, installers and energy operators in decision-making and design.
Second is an evidence to prove the information gap in study, available data and practice in neighbourhood energy and mobility development in Netherlands. The second phase of EV-NRG dashboard aims to optimise the model and implement the best scenario in Amstelveen. The result would be valuable for similar European cities.
Third, energy consumption in residential area is different from official, commercial, industrial or mixed-use area. Further studies can include various types of land-use to the model.
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