Geo-energy research
Energy & Materials Transition

Affordable and sustainable heat

The built environment must be made free of natural gas, as part of the Climate Agreement. Heat grids are one of the solutions. The challenge here is to supply sustainable heat in the existing built environment in a way that is both cost-effective and attractive for residents. In addition, given the major challenge facing the Netherlands, the pace of realisation must be accelerated.

With thirty-eight participants, the WarmingUP collective develops applicable knowledge so that collective heat systems are reliable, sustainable and affordable for the heat transition. Collective heat systems in combination with renewable sources form an important link in the solution to achieve the objectives of the Climate Agreement and reduce CO2 emissions.

System and process innovations are needed for more efficient design, construction and management, and good interaction between the parties. WarmingUP wants to develop these innovations coherently and at a faster pace. Acceleration, scaling up and cooperation throughout the entire heat chain is necessary to realise the heat transition.

Knowledge development

With new knowledge, renewable heat sources with different temperature levels and volumes can be cleverly combined. Knowledge development for the realisation of large-scale heat storage systems and their integration in heat networks is also an intended result. For example, it is being investigated how much, where and at what cost heat can be obtained via aquathermal or geothermal energy. In addition, the collective focuses on the development of new forms of cooperation and financing along with new methods of working to achieve public support.

The challenges

  • Scaling up heat demand with collective heat systems from 340,000 homes in 2018 to 1.1 million in 2030.
  • Sustainable heat systems using geothermal and aquathermal energy, and heat storage: 70% CO2 reduction in 2030 compared to the average boiler in 2018
  • System and process innovations to design, construct and manage heat supply cost-efficiently and coherently: 1,5% efficiency gains per year

Innovation programme

More than 25 programmes have been grouped into six themes.

  1. Heat grids and system integration
  2. Large-scale and cost-effective construction of heat networks
  3. Aquathermal energy
  4. Geothermal energy
  5. Large-scale heat storage
  6. Developing social innovations for sustainable, collective heating networks

Get inspired

5 resultaten, getoond 1 t/m 5

TNO at Holst Centre launches 3D battery spinoff LionVolt

3 March 2021
LionVolt will accelerate the development of a revolutionary solid-state battery based on the 3D technology created by TNO at Holst Centre over the past 5 years.

Possible breakthrough for geothermal production with steel shot drilling technique

1 March 2021

Improve robust and safe geothermal production at lower costs with advanced directional drilling technology is the goal in the DEPLOI project: DEmonstrate Production enhancement with LOw cost side track drilling.

Rijswijk Geothermal Energy Research Centre continues work on energy transition

12 February 2021
Geothermal energy can play a substantial role in the energy transition. As a source of sustainable heat, it can be used to heat buildings sustainably.

TNO to study geology for underground Einstein Telescope

26 November 2020

The Dutch Black Hole Consortium will receive 4.9 million euros from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) within the framework of the Dutch Research Agenda. The new interdisciplinary consortium will further unravel the riddles of black holes and the mysteries of the universe. Astronomers and physicists will join forces to make new discoveries and geologists will `dive into the subsurface’ for the possible underground construction of the Einstein Telescope.

The Geological Survey of the Netherlands visualises groundwater quality

23 September 2020
The Geological Survey of the Netherlands (GDN) delivers groundwater composition data in the new web tool ‘Groundwater Quality Viewer’. Learn more!