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MINEWATER: CIRCULAR ENERGY NETWORK OF THE FUTURE

By 2050, 7 million homes and 1 million buildings will need natural gas. To achieve this, buildings will have to be insulated and sustainable heat and electricity will be used. 1.5 million existing homes must be made sustainable by 2030. Since the imposition of this measure, everyone has been diligently looking for other forms of energy sources. In Heerlen, long before the Climate Agreement, the municipality had literally started drilling for sustainable energy, namely the energy in the geothermal wells beneath its feet. The former mine corridors, the basis of what is now an innovative circular energy network, contain hot water. This low-temperature source, which provides heat but also coolness to homes, offices, shops and industrial companies, also uses residual heat from the surrounding area and, when there is less demand, ensures that residual energy is stored in existing underground corridors or power plants with buffer vessels. Thanks to innovation, the network can now also be seen separately from the underground mine corridors, by placing prefabricated (eco) barrels in the ground, where there are no mines. The circle of (water) energy is complete (everywhere)!

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International recognition
Mijnwater B.V. is gaining more and more international renown for its innovative ‘demand-supply’ system, a system by which energy requirements can be accommodated on the basis of factors such as weather forecasts and customer demand. Along with other resources, such as solar energy (solar thermal and photovoltaic), wind energy, biomass energy, buffering, and a perfect control system, it is possible to generate an optimum yield. The hybrid pipe network transports the relatively warm and relatively cold water to the right place: where the customer needs it. Thanks to the continued development of the system, mine water energy is now an essential part of the municipality of Heerlen’s 2040 renewable energy master plan and has been included in the Parkstad Limburg Energy Transition (PALET) statement of ambition for the Parkstad Limburg region.

European Grants
Mijnwater B.V. is a partner in various European projects, such as Interreg NWE HeatNet, Interreg NWE D2Grids (lead partner), OPZuid, Horizon2020 (STORM) and Life4Heatrecovery.

European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015
In March 2015 Mijnwater B.V. received the ‘European Geothermal Innovation Award 2015’, an award that showcases excellence in development of the most intelligent applications of geothermal energy.[/vc_column_text]Interreg NWE D2Grids Interreg NWE HeatNet OPZuid Life4HeatRecovery Click here for Minewater videos [/vc_double_section_container][/vc_double_section]

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