Eneco: In search of other sources of heat

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Challenge

Eneco is moving away from gas as a source of heating to other sources.

Eneco is the largest district heating company in the Netherlands and one of the largest Dutch energy companies. They have about 140.000 residential customers and 2.500 commercial customers to which they deliver district heating products on a daily basis. Eneco is moving away from gas as a source of heating to finding other sources of heat.

Solution

Eneco partnered with Gradyent to make a real-time Digital Twin of their heating grid and optimise it.

The Digital Twin creates a detailed and realistic physical view of the network that is updated constantly with smart sensor data, source data and forecasts. It finds the optimum balance between flow and temperature and thereby ensures that minimal energy is wasted, customers get the required amount of heat and the heat-pumps operate optimally.

Quote

To be able to make growth possible we need to find new sources of heat and the challenge here is that these sources are often at a lower temperature. In trying to find solutions for this challenge we came across Gradyent. The great thing about their team is that they don’t only consist of data scientists who are able to process our data in an intelligent manner, but they also really understand the engineering end of our product. We learned that we could achieve significant reduction in temperature in both grids that we are operating.

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Paolo Herdé
Manager Smart Grid & Innovation team at Eneco

Results

Reducing network temperature and preparing for new sources of heat.

Paolo Herdé, Manager Smart Grid & Innovation team at Eneco: "Gradyent has played a pivotal role in reducing our network temperatures, enabling our geothermal plans."

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