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Mobilising local energy investment for a BiO and WastE district heating Network in Hengelo (NL) (BOWEN)

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The municipality of Hengelo in The Netherlands is developing a district heating (DH) network which will use waste heat and biogas. The main objective of the DH network is to significantly increase the share of renewable/waste energy supplied to new and existing buildings in Hengelo, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 57%. The catchment area includes new housing and large scale restructuring sites. The first stage of the project covers about 1 204 dwellings and 380 000 square meter of utility constructions (offices, factories and the like) in Hengelo. In the second tranche the cities of Borne, Almelo, Zwolle and Deventer will be connected or assisted to realise a DH network. Because of the relative low return on investment commercial parties are not willing to invest. Therefore Hengelo has decided to develop the project itself and to invest in the DH network. In BOWEN, technical engineering will be developed for the heat stations and the network, and a municipal project company will be set up to implement the investments and exploit them in a financially sustainable framework. BOWEN will trigger investments representing half of the first tranche and build the conditions to im


  • Work contracts secured for EUR 24 million
  • Creation of a municipal district heating company.
  • significantly increase the percentage of renewable/waste energy supplies within the context of the new to built DH network. CO2 reduction: the target has been set at a minimum of 57%, referred to a natural gas situation (HR boilers) - 13,654 MWh a year energy saving - 85,551 GJ a year increase in RES-supply - 3,170 tonnes a year CO2 reduction
  • - 5% to 15% reduced energy and utility costs for occupiers - Reduced installation costs for developers
  • ‘Future Proofing’ Hengelo’s energy supply Significant increase in overall sustainability of Hengelo

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Municipality of Hengelo
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FRANCK Raymond
+31 74 245 89 93


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29/06/2012 to 28/06/2015
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