On Friday, 11 November the University of Amsterdam (UvA), National Institute for Subatomic Physics (Nikhef)and DUWO Student Housing signed an agreement to jointly invest in a heat and cold storage system at Science Park Amsterdam. Initially, the system will reduce CO2 emissions by 290-350 tons. In future, however, the figure could rise to approximately 450 tons. The Nikhef data centre, over 600 DUWO student housing units and the new Amsterdam University College (AUC) building will all be connected to the storage system.
The agreement with the operator, Cogas, is the result of a joint effort by the various partners to ensure sustainable energy management in the western area of Science Park Amsterdam. The project represents a substantial expansion of investments in heat and cold storage systems at Science Park Amsterdam.
Cogas will complete the first stage of the project in April 2012 connecting up the AUC to the heat and cold storage system. Following this, the cooling system for the Nikhef data centre will be connected in the summer. The student housing units to be constructed by DUWO will be provided with sustainable heating over the course of 2013. Thanks to support from the municipality of Amsterdam, the Kea residential building will also be connected to the sustainable energy supply in the near future.