To engage stakeholders a dashboard visualises how solar energy, smart charging of EVs and smart heating with heat-pumps could benefit residents and the local grid.
Amstelveen is a municipality in Noord Holland working on a transition towards becoming fossil-free by 2040. In planning for a new residential neighbourhood, De Scheg, they requested our advice over potential energy scenarios for the area given installation of solar PV, use of electric heatpumps to warm the buildings and the rising popularity of electric cars (EVs).Challenges
The ideal manner of supplying clean energy for homes is to use local renewable production such as roof-top solar PV. However, in a residential neighbourhood there is often low energy demand during the day, when the sun is shining and producing solar power. Exporting unused solar energy is also becoming less financially attractive. Therefore, smart use of energy is crucial to make the most of local clean energy production.The Solution
Stakeholders in the planning process need a clear, easily
understandable visualisation regarding technical energy scenarios
and smart energy use. This, combined with focused workshops and
awareness building through communications, can support decision
making for the energy transition of cities.
- Developed energy and mobility scenarios for the new neighbourhood
- Built a smart energy dashboard, using data from our proprietary models
- Created communications materials such as a report, flyer and tutorial to explain the dashboard and its results
- Engaged stakeholders through focused sessions to talk through the implications of the scenarios
- Project management
- Dashboard development
- Stakeholder engagement