Datacenter Waste Heat in Aalsmeer Project Serves as National Model
Our Hornmeer project has drawn its share of attention: within this project, NLDC’s Aalsmeer data center has been working with the city of Aalsmeer to supply waste heat to the built environment. The results of the third Long-Term Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA3) was recently published. In this agreement, Dutch businesses and government have set a number of goals to reduce energy consumption and the launch of sustainable initiatives. NLDC is one of the signatories to this agreement.
We previously showed in this animation how this exchange of heat and cold works on completion of this project. The Dutch national government also regards the Hornmeer project as a breakthrough. The geothermal exchange for the child center, school, swimming pool and nursery located near the Aalsmeer datacenter (all earmarked for construction) will be emulated as a model across other parts of the Netherlands.
Once the project is completed, we will be supplying hot water from the cooling systems of our datacenter to local businesses and nonprofits. They supply the cold water they would normally heat up to our Aalsmeer datacenter – and save us and the managers of the buildings large quantities of energy in the process.
The project faced its share of challenges, but good teamwork helped to overcome these barriers, as explained by Jeroen Vollmuller, Vice President of Projects & Operations at NLDC, in an interview for the Resultatenbrochure MJA3, a publication issued by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland). He also expects new options to become available in the future for supplying waste heat from other NLDC datacenters to the built environment. For example, the Eindhoven datacenter already supplies waste heat to businesses located on the High Tech Campus. Curious to read the full interview with Jeroen Vollmuller? Check out this brochure of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (pages 26 & 27). (Only available in Dutch)
About the MJA3 Agreement
More than 1,000 businesses from a total of 37 sectors and industries are working on saving energy and reducing carbon for 2020 as part of the Long-Term Energy Efficiency Agreement (MJA3/MEE). The companies that have signed the Long-Term Energy Efficiency Agreement have a number of obligations: for example, they must commit to energy efficiency, energy management and an energy-efficiency plan. They are also required to monitor their results. For more information, see the detailed explanation on RVO.nl. (Only available in Dutch)