New Dutch energy orders and a worldwide initiative for recharging electric cars
Gouda – Imtech N.V. (technical services provider in Europe) has once again secured a number of energy orders in the Netherlands. They concern the development of ‘green’ power supply for entire areas and the completion of a wood-fired bio-power plant with a total value of more than 20 million euro. A worldwide initiative has also been started for charging the batteries of electric cars while they are parked in car parks.
René van der Bruggen, CEO of Imtech: ‘Imtech is active across an increasingly broad front of the energy market. In addition to ‘green’ buildings, stadiums, airports and ships, Imtech is also focusing on the markets for ‘green’ energy for entire areas, wood-fired bio-power plants, and offers the operators of parking garages the possibility to recharge their clients’ electric cars while they are parked. We notice a lot of interest for these issues.’
‘Green’ energy for Maasboulevard Venlo
The ‘Maasboulevard’ project is being realised in the centre of Venlo in the Netherlands. The plan consists of 24,000 m² of conference, shopping and restaurant facilities, 140 luxury residences, and 550 underground parking spaces, to be completed in September 2010. An ambitious CSR target has been formulated for the area: the power supply must be as ‘green’ as possible. For this reason Imtech has been commissioned to realise a high-tech co-generation plant. This is the highly efficient combined generation of heat and electricity (power). The extra heat released is used for heating purposes. An energy saving of 47% is achieved with respect to conventional power supply, as well as an annual reduction of emissions 39% CO2 and 84% of nitrogen oxide (NOx). In addition to completing the project, Imtech is also responsible for the long-term maintenance, energy management and operations. Warm and cold sources at a depth of around 70 metres beneath the area are used for extra heating and cooling. These sources are integrated in a closed collective groundwater system using high-tech ground source pumps. This creates an almost unique solution: water used for heating and cooling is endlessly recycled and reused. As the sources are approximately 200 metres apart, ingenious technical solutions are required. The system extracts and infiltrates a maximum of 1,260.000 m³ of water per annum, with a maximum circulation of 230 m³ of water per hour.
Bio-power plant in Eindhoven
Soon the pruned branches of the Dutch municipality of Eindhoven will be the energy source for a new wood-fired bio-power plant in the Meerhoven district. Eindhoven municipality has commissioned Imtech to construct a high-tech bio-power plant which will provide ‘green’ energy and heating for nearly 1,600 houses. The plant will also provide 20,000 m² of facilities (schools and shops) with heating. 9,000 tons of wood clippings are collected annually from private gardens and public parks in Eindhoven. At the moment, the wood clippings are mostly exported to foreign countries. Processing them in Eindhoven will result in less transport, which will have the beneficial effect of reducing harmful emissions. In addition, the use of wood chips, as fuel will achieve a reduction of at least 5,900 tons of CO2 emissions. Together with its partner Host, Imtech will provide the entire engineering and all of the technical solutions in the form of an EPC (Engineering Procurement Construction) contract.
Park and Recharge: a worldwide Imtech initiative for recharging electric cars
Park and Recharge® is an Imtech product that is available worldwide for recharging electric cars in parking garages. The technology consists of special ‘recharging points’ provided which are connected to a so-called ‘smart grid’. This grid is a clever and sustainable power network, which distributes the demand for energy uniformly, thereby eliminating overloading and ensuring that there is always sufficient energy for recharging electric cars even when the maximum number of cars are being recharged at the same time. The recharging pillars are integrated into the parking management system, so that existing payment options can be used. The initiative, for which innovation nominations have already been received, was developed by Imtech’s WPS (Worldwide Parking Services) business unit, which specialises in parking technology.
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