The Netherlands recently agreed a strategic ambitions to phase out the use of natural gas for heating and cooking in The Netherlands. This ambition was necessary due to the recent earthquackes in the north of the country which are directly linked to the extraction of natural gas from the soil. Achieving this target will require considerable investments in both infrastructural change and innovative technologies. It means a complete switch in Dutch cities from fossil energy to sustainable, decentralised energy production and consumption.
Naturally, this direction will contribute greatly to the ambitions in the Paris agreement, concerning limitiation of CO2 emissions. In Eindhoven we have calculated that the switch will require an investment (depending on the exact scenario) of between 2 and 2,4 billion euro. While sustainable electricity production is an important pillar in this process, the use of rest heat is a (relatively) cheaper and easier to implement technology. Hence the interest from Eindhoven partners in the call described in this partner search. At the edge of the city we have the High tech Campus, an industrial park which, today, produces more heat than it can use itself. Thus far, this heat is being pumped into the soil with a view to use the soil as a storage, for later use. However, even with the foreseen growth of the park, there is far too much and we wish to use the current call to fid partners to explore the possibility to use this rest heat to the advantage of a nearby swimming pool/sports facility and an elderly home next to it.