GIGANTIC HEAT BUFFER TURNED ON IN THE NETHERLANDS

NETHERLANDS Nuon has opened one of the largest heat buffers in the world in Diemen. The storage facility for district heating will enable the company to run the nearby gas-fired Diemen power plants more flexibly.

A 50 metre high heat buffer with a capacity to store 22 million litres of water was turned on 20 November in a symbolic gesture by Diemen and Almere city councillors together with Alexander van Ofwegen, Head of BU Heat Netherlands, and Willeke Kloosterman, project manager at Nuon.

The heat from the Diemen buffer will be used in homes in Diemen, Almere, IJburg and Amsterdam-Zuidoost.

Flexibility
“By storing hot water in the heat buffer, we can coordinate the supply of residual heat with the demand from our heat customers more effectively", says Alexander van Ofwegen.
“Power plants can now be used more flexibly in combination with the continuously changing supply of wind and solar energy. This leads to a reduction in CO2 and makes the power plants more cost effective to operate. Our district heating also helps to improve the sustainability of the municipalities in which we operate.”

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