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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Netherlands – 150 MW electric boiler energized by solar and wind

Vattenfall – a Swedish energy company is expecting to construct a 150 MW electric boiler nearby Amsterdam, following the Netherlands’ SDE+ program for big scale alternative energy.

This facility is expected to work when the electricity from the sun and wind is available, and it can also provide hot water for the houses in the city and the nearby areas.

The Dutch government has already granted the building permit and allowance for Vattenfall to locate the 150 MW electric boiler at a gas power plant.

”The final investment decision is scheduled for mid-2022, after the recently initiated tender has been completed,” announced the company.

Vattenfall describes the enormous boiler as a kettle, and they mention that it will transmit electricity into heat and provide water for houses in Amsterdam and the nearby areas. ”The E-boiler only switches on if the electricity mix is sustainable, with a lot of electricity from solar and wind,” stated the company, but it didn’t specify the approach of solar and wind production. ”When there is insufficient green energy, the gas-fired power plants in Diemen are still needed to produce electricity – power plants that also supply heat very efficiently.”

The boiler has the ability to keep the heat in a designated buffer which is described like a big thermal flask. ”In this way, we prevent additional use of the installations [of] natural gas and, therefore, unnecessary emissions of CO2 and nitrogen.” explained the company. This heat buffer is up to 50 meters high, 26 meters wide, with a volume of 22,000m3.

There have been many attempts in the Netherlands to intertwine excess wind and solar power with its heating applications. Netbeheer Nederland – the Dutch association of national and regional electricity and gas network operators is establishing a plan to utilize over 2 million hybrid heat pumps by the end of 2030.

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