Regionaal Warmtenet Twente (Regional Heat Network Twente)

With a regional heat network, we are able to supply approximately 100,000 homes in the urban area of Twente with a sustainable alternative to natural gas.

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Heating of urban areas in Twente

Municipalities are now facing the task of heating homes and business premises in the future without the use of natural gas. The heat that Twence produces from non-recyclable residual waste and biomass (non-recyclable waste wood) can make a significant contribution to that goal. We can supply this heat to households and businesses in the urban area of Twente via a regional heat network. Together with the companies Cogas and Ennatuurlijk, we are looking into whether such a heat network is feasible and achievable. We are taking stock of the technical and financial implications together with municipalities, housing corporations and larger buyers. That a heat network is a sustainable alternative to natural gas, is something that the Hengelo heat network and the Enschede heat network have already demonstrated. Warmtenet Enschede has been declared the most sustainable heat network in the Netherlands. Warmtenet Hengelo is the most innovative heat network. We are already supplying sustainable heat to around 9,500 homes and businesses in Enschede and Hengelo with these heat networks.

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Regional sustainability

It is the ambition of Twente to become an energy-neutral region by 2050. The fourteen Twente municipalities, Vechtstromen Water Board, the province of Overijssel, Twence, the Twente housing corporations, the University of Twente and the grid managers Coteq and Enexis are all working together to achieve that ambition. Agreements about this have been laid down in the Regional Energy Strategy (RES) Twente. Part of that strategy involves making the built up environment more sustainable, as in: the heat transition. Twence can provide 100,000 homes with high-temperature heating. That makes the rollout of a regional heat network to Hengelo, Borne, Almelo, Oldenzaal, Enschede and possibly also Haaksbergen and Wierden a very promising development. A regional heat network is in line with our own ambition to become a regional sustainability company and to supply even more sustainable energy. Take a look at how we are already generating and supplying sustainable heat to heat networks in Enschede and Hengelo and to companies in the region.

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How does a heat network work?

A great deal of heat is released during the conversion processes at Twence. We supply this heat as hot water to the heat network. It is then transported via a main pipeline from Twence to cogeneration plants for distribution elsewhere. The Enschede and Hengelo heat networks are already receiving residual heat from Twence.

You can also connect other heat sources to a regional heat network. Consider sources such as heat from the ground (geothermal), heat from surface water, or heat from industrial processes. Which means even more homes can do away with gas.

The advantage of making homes sustainable by means of a heat network is that the sustainable heat is readily available now. A sustainable alternative, the (hybrid) heat pump, is only sustainable if it is also powered by "green" electricity. At the moment, this green power is only available in a limited amount. What's more, a lot of green energy is also needed to electrify means of mobility. For homes that are not as well-insulated (houses built before 1995) the heat pump is not an option, since the low temperatures that a heat pump delivers are incapable of keeping these types of houses warm enough during winter.

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Heating for 100,000 homes
Twence has ample high-temperature heat available, now and in the future. Enough to provide 100,000 households in Twente with sustainable heating.
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Doing away with gas
With a regional heat network, households and businesses that are connected to it will be able to do away with gas. A fine contribution to the regional sustainability goals.
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CO2 neutral
By working together on sustainability, we can make the region CO2 neutral.
Bert Schipper Welbions Twence

"Together with the municipality of Hengelo and the residents' association, we are looking into the opportunities for making homes free of natural gas. A heat network is a promising option in the Nijverheid district of Hengelo."

Bert Schipper, Senior Advisor Strategy and Policy at Welbions
Twence 27 5 217550 Leendert Tamboer thumb

"Large buyers such as housing associations and hospitals in the region are enthusiastic about our plans."

Leendert Tamboer, Business Development Manager Twence

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