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Smart City Dilemma Sessions - Energy Citizens

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This session is the first in a series of Smart City Dilemmas and podcasts. This time the topic is Energy Citizens.

The transition to a climate-neutral society and the energy transition requires the involvement of all relevant stakeholders: policymakers, energy suppliers, network operators, but also residents. In addition to being energy consumers, residents are increasingly becoming energy traders and even energy producers. We wonder what this means; and what dilemmas arise that we as the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences want to work with?

This first session is mainly intended for teachers, researchers and others who want to gain more knowledge about the transition to a climate-neutral society. In a small setting we will look at various approaches to Energy Citizenship, such as peer-to-peer platforms, behavior, justice, cooperation & conflict, skills and technical. Together with Beatriz Pineda Revilla, Reint-Jan Renes, Fieke van Leest and Mark van Wees among others, we will look at dilemmas in various projects and learn from it. Which dilemmas pop up?

Online Program

15.00-15.15 Introduction

15.15-15.30 Pitches

15.30-16.15 Interactive sessions

16.15-16.30 Wrap up

We hope to see you on Thursday January 7!

This is an online event. Information on how to join will follow after registration.

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Lennart Zwols, Project leader Energy & Climate Innovation at City of Amsterdam: Chief Technology Office, posted

WEBINAR INNOVATIE ATELIER AMSTERDAM – BUIKSLOTERHAM

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Maandag 7 december 2020 | 15.30 – 17.00 uur

“Wat betekent het als een wijk
Energie Positief wil worden? Welke zaken komen daar bij kijken? Dat wordt
op dit moment in Buiksloterham onderzocht in het Europese project
ATELIER. Denk mee, laat je inspireren en informeren in deze gratis
Innovatie Atelier webinar!”

De Gemeente Amsterdam wil samen met
lokale partners laten zien dat een (deel van de) wijk Buiksloterham
Energie Positief kan worden, oftewel meer energie levert dan gebruikt. In
het Europese project ATELIER wordt in twee Europese steden (Amsterdam en
Bilbao) een Positief Energie District gerealiseerd. In het project werken
30 organisaties samen aan het realiseren van deze doelstelling in de
periode van november 2019 tot december 2024.

Om een wijk  energie te laten leveren, zijn veel vernieuwingen en
innovaties nodig. In het Innovatie Atelier Buiksloterham wordt door de
gemeente, bedrijven, kennisinstellingen en bewoners samengewerkt om deze
vernieuwingen in de praktijk te realiseren. Denk aan duurzame energie
opwek, opslag en uitwisseling. Dit brengt niet alleen technische
uitdagingen met zich mee, maar ook uitdagingen rond financiering en
betaalbaarheid, wetgeving en juridische kaders, en sociale innovatie. De
burger heeft bij het realiseren van een energie-positieve wijk een
belangrijke rol.

In deze webinar wordt de officiële aftrap gegeven van het Innovatie
Atelier Buiksloterham. Dit is de gelegenheid om u te informeren over de
ambities en de werkwijze om een energie-positieve wijk te realiseren in
Buiksloterham!

Voor meer informatie: https://smartcity-atelier.eu/

Sprekers
- Wethouder van Doorninck over het belang van dergelijke projecten in de duurzaamheidsambities in Amsterdam.
- Vertegenwoordigers van Gemeente Amsterdam, Schoonschip, TNO, Spectral, Waag
- Moderator: Waldemar Torenstra

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Francien Huizing, Program and Communication Manager at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Wicked Problems

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Te wicked? Niet voor ons.

Wij werken allemaal aan urgente, complexe, maatschappelijke uitdagingen. Issues die schier onoplosbaar lijken, van dilemma’s en paradoxen omgeven, nog niet duidelijk hoe het moet. Wel is duidelijk dát het moet, dat we elkaar nodig
hebben en dat we er NU aan moeten beginnen. Om met de woorden van Jan Rotmans te spreken; we leven niet in een tijdperk van verandering maar in een verandering van tijdperk. En hier hoort een nieuwe gereedschapskist bij.

En of je nou aan energietransitie werkt, andere mobiliteitssystemen, creëren van waterstofhubs, peer to peer autodeelsystemen, het maakt niet uit, we zien dat al deze opgaven op enig moment tegen gelijksoortige barrières aanlopen. Op samenwerking, financiering, privacy, onvoldoende aansluiting op de maatschappij, om maar een paar voorbeelden te noemen.

Unieke samenwerking
Als Amsterdam Smart City netwerk willen en kunnen we deze opgaven niet laten liggen. Door het bundelen van onze kennis en expertise kunnen we als netwerk iets unieks bieden en de wil en durf tonen om deze barrières te doorbreken. De betrokken partners die dit uitdenken en begeleiden zijn RHDHV, Kennisland, Drift, NEMO, Arcadis, Alliander, HvA en Metabolic. Zij bundelen hun expertise en ervaring om de echte vragen boven tafel te krijgen, tot nieuwe manieren van samenwerken te komen en barrières te doorbreken. We richten ons met name op de start van de samenwerking. Gezamenlijk ontwikkelen we een ‘wicked problem aanpak’. Op een nieuwe manier, lerend door te doen, exploratief.

Waar moet je aan denken?
Wat is eigenlijk het echte probleem? Wiens probleem is dit? Hoe kijken anderen er tegenaan? Welke andere partijen lijken nodig? Hoe vind je ze? Hoe ga je om met eigenaarschap en botsende frames? Hoe zorg je dat je al in
een vroeg stadium de maatschappij (bewoners, ondernemers, werknemers, etc) betrekt en hun ervaringen in het project trekt? Het wicked problem team zet nieuwe methoden in voor het beantwoorden van deze vragen. En het creëren van de benodigde commitment om het vraagstuk aan te pakken. Niets staat van te voren vast, want we passen ons aan aan wat we tegenkomen. Met elkaar ontwikkelen we een nieuwe aanpak om de barrières te doorbreken.

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Jochem Kootstra, Redacteur at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

De toekomst: 100% fossielvrij elektriciteitsverbruik op HvA

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Centre of Expertise Urban Technology gaat langjarig en strategisch partnerschap aan met Vattenfall

Centre of Expertise Urban Technology van de Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) gaat een partnerschap aan voor tien jaar met energieleverancier Vattenfall, om toe te werken naar 100% fossielvrij elektriciteitsverbruik van alle HvA gebouwen. Tevens biedt Vattenfall als praktijkpartner urgente vraagstukken aan om een langdurige onderwijs- en onderzoekslijn te bepalen. Daarmee kan HvA serieuze stappen zetten in verduurzaming en de energietransitie. ‘De bevindingen uit onze onderzoeken dienen als voorbeelden voor het toekomstige energiesysteem in Nederland.’
Windmolens
De tienjarige samenwerking start in 2022, maar het eerste thema van de langdurige onderzoekslijn is al bepaald om toe te werken naar fossielvrij elektriciteitsverbruik: ‘uurmatching’. Dit is de zoektocht naar een oplossing voor de mismatch per uur tussen enerzijds het verbruik van duurzame elektriciteit en anderzijds het aanbod van duurzaam opgewekte elektriciteit. Deze mismatch wordt veroorzaakt doordat duurzame bronnen niet altijd voldoende elektriciteit produceren of elektriciteit produceren op momenten dat er geen behoefte is.

HvA wil samen met Vattenfall  in de komende jaren toewerken naar 100% fossielvrij elektriciteitsverbruik (100% uurmatching) in haar gebouwen. Ook de panden van de Universiteit van Amsterdam  (UvA) en Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica  (CWI) dienen als proeftuin van dit onderzoek. Om de oplossingen voor mitsmatch te vinden, ontwikkelt de HvA de komende jaren onderzoeksprojecten ondersteund door nationale en Europese subsidiefondsen.

Op zoek naar de challenge

‘Voor het onderwijs zoeken we samen met Vattenfall naar een overkoepelende ‘challenge’, die we elke paar jaar bijstellen naar behoefte vanuit de beroepspraktijk’, vertelt Felia Boerwinkel, themaregisseur Energietransitie bij Centre of Expertise Urban Technology van de HvA. ‘Vattenfall dient vraagstukken bij ons in, en gezamenlijk met onderwijs en onderzoek gaan we dit invullen met opleidingsminors, stageplaatsen, workshops en gastcolleges. In onze studio’s benutten we specifieke technologieën en vaardigheden voor de kennis- en innovatievraagstukken, en komt onderwijs in aanraking met onderzoek. Zo kunnen we studenten heel gericht klaarstomen voor werk na de studie.’

Vattenfall is een belangrijke speler in het Amsterdamse en Nederlandse energieveld als eigenaar van een deel van het Amsterdamse warmtenet, marktleider in publieke laadpunten en energieleverancier van vele klanten. Renee Heller, lector Energie & Innovatie bij de HvA: ‘Door met Vattenfall samen te werken aan verduurzaming en energie-innovaties kunnen we grote impact hebben. Het is een groot bedrijf waar voor onze studenten ook veel kansen liggen, voor stages en als toekomstige werkgever. Met het krappe aanbod van technici is het voor Vattenfall interessant onze studenten te leren kennen.’
Groene energie

Krachten bundelen

‘Door een lange samenwerking met een praktijkpartner kunnen we continu van elkaar leren, onderzoek constant bijsturen en beter weten wat voor vaardigheden studenten moeten ontwikkelen; nu en voor de toekomst’, vult Boerwinkel aan. ‘Daarnaast biedt een structurele samenwerking de kans om onderzoek thematisch breed aan te vliegen en andere Centres of Expertise en lectoraten van de HvA erbij te betrekken. Binnen het lectoraat Energie & Innovatie hebben we kennis over de techniek, maar in een transitie spelen brede vraagstukken om echt resultaat te boeken, bijvoorbeeld over gedragsverandering, beleid en financierbaarheid.’

Energielevering universiteitsgebouwen

De samenwerking kreeg vorm als onderdeel van een nieuwe energie-aanbesteding van HvA, UvA en CWI, uitgevoerd door Facility Services (FS). Vattenfall kwam uit de bus als energieleverancier en partner op onderwijs en onderzoek tussen 2022 en 2032. Door eerdere samenwerkingen vonden FS en Urban Technology elkaar snel. ‘In ons partnerschap werken we al jaren aan duurzaamheidsambities, zoals duurzame inkoop en het energiezuinig maken van onze panden’, vertelt Rowan Boeters van FS. ‘Nu we met Vattenfall langdurig in het huwelijksbootje zijn gestapt, kunnen we aan lange termijndoelen werken en een serieuze bijdrage leveren aan de energietransitie. We zijn nu bezig met de routekaart hoe we onze elektriciteitsinkoop duurzamer, groener kunnen maken. Wij geloven in het verbinden van onderwijs, onderzoek en de beroepspraktijk, om daarin echt resultaten te boeken.’

Centre of Expertise Urban Technology

Het Centre of Expertise Urban Technology van de HvA draait om de belangrijke opgaven voor de stad, namelijk het toewerken naar circulaire, competitieve en leefbare steden. Vier thema’s staan centraal: EnergietransitieCirculaire stadDesigning Future Cities en Connectiviteit/Mobiliteit. Thema Energietransitie gaat over het leveren van een bijdrage aan de lokale duurzame energietransitie met focus op warmtenetten, vergroting zonne-energie, smart grids (met focus op inpassing van elektrische mobiliteit), energieneutrale- en positieve gebouwen/wijken en de ontwikkeling van laadinfrastructuur voor elektrisch vervoer. Als Centre of Expertise van de Faculteit Techniek fungeert Urban Technology als linking pin tussen onderwijs, onderzoek en beroepspraktijk.

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Sanne de Boer, posted

De energietransitie uitgelegd

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De energietransitie is een van de belangrijkste maatschappelijke thema’s van dit moment en van de komende jaren. Maar wat ís de energietransitie? En wat zijn de specifieke doelen? Wat is het verschil tussen ‘energieneutraal’, ‘klimaatneutraal’ en ‘CO₂-neutraal’? Welke rol kan waterstof (niet) gaan spelen in de gebouwde omgeving van de toekomst? En hoe zitten ons huidige energieverbruik en energiesysteem in elkaar? Deze en andere vragen worden beantwoord in het boek ‘De energietransitie uitgelegd’. Ook komt aan de orde waar de uitdagingen liggen voor de energietransitie en hoe het energiesysteem er in 2050 ongeveer uit zal zien.

‘De energietransitie uitgelegd’ biedt alle basiskennis die nodig is om het nieuws omtrent de energietransitie kritisch te kunnen volgen en een gefundeerde mening te vormen in discussies over dit thema. Er is geen specifieke voorkennis nodig om het boek te kunnen lezen, maar het gaat op bepaalde onderwerpen wel diep in. Hierdoor is het boek interessant voor zowel energie-professionals als geïnteresseerde leken.

Nieuwsgierig geworden? Bestel het boek via uw boekhandel, bol.com of door het sturen van een email aan info@degroenewaterlelie.nl. Bij een afname van 10 of meer boeken ontvang je 5% korting (alleen bij bestellingen via email).

Het boek is gedrukt op boomvrij papier. Er zijn alleen bio-inkten gebruikt en er is gewerkt zonder schadelijke oplosmiddelen.

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Adriaan van Eck, Implementing IoT & Smart Energy , posted

Smart Energy Community - Kick-off

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Interesse in #SmartEnergy voor woningen en bedrijfsgebouwen? Meld je aan voor de kick off van de Smart Energy Community op 17 november!

Programma van 17 november:
Ter inspiratie beginnen we met 2 PowerPitches van inspirerende ondernemers:
• Hoe kunnen de batterijen van Friday Energy grote zonnedaken meer rendabel maken door Bouke Siebenga, Friday Energy.
• Smart Energy oplossingen in alle woningen in de duurzame wijk in Voorhout, door Adriaan Harthoorn, 4YEF (For Your Energy Freedom)

Vervolgens komt Jan Pellis van FAN & Stedin aan het woord, over de twee studies die FAN heeft uitgevoerd naar smart grid ready warmtepompen en smart grid ready laadpalen.

Tot slot hebben we Arjan Wargers van ElaadNL over de resultaten uit de studie 'In-home Energy Flexibility', en tips & tricks om de aansturing van flexibele apparaten effectief en schaalbaar vorm te geven.

Programma: https://bit.ly/SmartEnergyCommunity
Aanmelden: https://bit.ly/sec_subscribe

Let op: dit evenement is in het Nederlands.

Over de Smart Energy Community:
Slimme energiediensten nemen de komende jaren een vlucht, wat vraagt om een intensieve samenwerking tussen betrokken partijen. Wij nodigen hen daarom graag uit om zich aan te sluiten bij de Smart Energy Community voor woningen en bedrijfsgebouwen. Op 17 november vindt de kick-off plaats, in 2021 volgens meer evenementen.

Met deze nieuwe community brengen TKI Urban Energy en Flexiblepower Alliance Network (FAN) de actoren bij elkaar die zich bezighouden met, of meer willen weten van energieflexibiliteit voor woningen en bedrijfsgebouwen. Binnen de community kan actief kennis worden uitgewisseld over wat er nu al mogelijk is, waar de ontbrekende puzzelstukjes liggen, en welke kansen voor innovatie er nog in het verschiet liggen. Natuurlijk biedt de community ook de mogelijkheid om gezamenlijk business te creëren.

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Jochem Kootstra, Redacteur at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Research accelerates the sustainability of heating

AUAS contributes to accelerated roll-out of sustainable low-temperature heating networks in HeatNet project

The international research project HeatNet is all about making heat more sustainable. Less use of natural gas and more use of sustainable heat sources such as the residual heat from data centres. The project aimed to accelerate the roll-out of heating networks in urban areas. And that has been a success! Not only have new heating networks been developed in six European cities, the participating partners have gained knowledge about operating smartly in complex urban transitions. The professors and researcher involved from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) talk about the approach and the insights gained.

The role of the AUAS in the research project involves leading evaluations. During six evaluation meetings over three years, the partners reflected on their process of learning from each other and helping each other move forward. Professor of Energy and Innovation, Renée Heller: “As an evaluator, we not only wanted to determine how it went afterwards. But in accordance with the aim of this Interreg project – transnational learning – we embarked on a continuous learning process with each other.”

ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
This helps the pilot partners gain insights and build on each other’s discoveries. Frank Suurenbroek, professor of Spatial Urban Transformation: “In such complex transition projects, there is so much to consider. This process-based evaluation approach helps you gain insight into the issues you are facing. Such transitions are not a linear process and the insights cannot always be translated directly to other projects. But this approach does make complex processes navigable. It offers pathways for innovation that you can consider.”

The researchers translated this knowledge into various publications and guides, which have been made available to parties dealing with the roll-out of a heating network. Suurenbroek: “The Stakeholder Guide is also interesting for all parties that work on complex urban transitions.” Lecturer-researcher Egbert-Jan van Dijck was responsible for the development of the Stakeholder Guide.

“The heat transition requires an innovation at system level. Therefore, we carried out an extensive stakeholder analysis at meso-level,” explains Van Dijck. “It not only provides an impression of the individuals and organisations involved at the energy sector level, but also of their role in the chain, their interests and concerns. This step towards a situational analysis has enabled us to outline a holistic picture and carry out an in-depth analysis of barriers to the development of the new generation of heating and cooling networks in terms of finance, legislation and regulations and organisation.”

INVOLVING STUDENTS
“We are further expanding this analysis for education.” Van Dijck: Besides the human elements, we also analyse non-human elements, such as buildings, technologies, infrastructure, energy sources and subsurface. These are just as important in determining the situation as the human elements. For example, the pipes for a heating network cannot be laid through a river or a railway track. You need to be aware of these barriers.” Instead of just the people or the stakeholders, students see a much more complete situation at a glance. This goes for fourth-year students as well as second-year students.

Heller: “Several students have used this project for their graduation thesis. Students have even travelled to Ireland on their own initiative to learn more about the energy and heating situation there and to interview partners.”

ROLL-OUT OF HEATING NETWORKS
“There is a lot involved in creating a heating network,” says Heller. “Considering the complexity, it is unusual and significant that all six partners have succeeded in doing so in such a short space of time. It would be a shame not to use the valuable sources of heat available in a country. Data centres, for example, have a huge amount of heat left over. The roll-out of one heating network to multiple heating networks helps us to use available heat sources to increase sustainability and reduce our CO2 emissions.”

INTERDISCIPLINARY AND CROSS-THEMATIC
The HeatNet project is a good example of interdisciplinary collaboration between two research groups with different specialist knowledge. Frank Suurenbroek: “While the implementation of a heating network may appear to be a technical project, it is also an urban transformation process.” Heller adds: “Urban transition involves projects in which taking the energy leap seems the obvious choice, but where there is still little attention for the heat transition, while a great opportunity exists in that respect. Through our collaboration, we have seized that opportunity.”

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Adriaan van Eck, Implementing IoT & Smart Energy , posted

FLEXCON2020

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FLEXCON2020 is converted in 6 digital tracks, for free. From 23 September to 28 October, we will serve a Smart Energy track every wednesday.

The kick off is coming Wednesday 23 September, with Elia, Enervalis, OpenADR and ElaadNL, they will talk about e-Mobility, Smart Charging and V2G.
We also have Enel X, Siemens, Nodes, Epex, Tennet, EnergyVille, Technolution, DNVGL, Enery Pool, iLeco and Spectral as partners, to name a few.

23 September : eMobility, Smart Charging and V2G
30 September : Flexibility markets
7 October : Buildings, Devices & smart technologies
14 October : Industrial & commercial Flexibility
21 October : New concepts in Energy Networks
28 October : Active managed buildings & energy performance contracts

FLEXCON2020 is FREE, but registration is required.
https://bit.ly/reg_FLEXCON2020

Check our program:
https://bit.ly/FLEXCON2020_prg

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Adriaan van Eck, Implementing IoT & Smart Energy , posted

FLEXCON2020 Digital edition : registration open

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As you may know, we have turned FLEXCON2020 into a digital event.

From September 23 on, we will provide a series of weekly digital FLEXCON2020 tracks, with speakers and sessions all related to a specific Smart Energy topic.

FLEXCON2020 digital edition is free of charge, but registration is required. You can register here: http://bit.ly/FLEXCON2020_reg

Our current planning:
- 23 September 2020 : eMobility, Smart Charging and V2G
- 30 September 2020 : Flexibility markets
- 7 October 2020 : Buildings, Devices & smart technologies
- 14 October 2020 : Industrial & commercial Flexibility
- 21 October 2020 : New concepts in Energy Networks
- 04 November 2020 : Active managed buildings & energy performance contracts

FLEXCON2020 registration:
http://bit.ly/FLEXCON2020_reg

Visit the FLEXCON2020 for more information:
https://flexcon2020.eu/

#SmartEnergy #Sustainability #ElectricVehicles #SmartGrid #DigitalGrid #Blockchain #IoT #SmartHome #SmartCharging

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Rolf Steenwinkel, Directeur at Amsterdam Energie, posted

Vacancy: Campaign Manager

As a campaign leader, you ensure that the story of Amsterdam Energie is heard in the city, you build our network and inspire even more Amsterdammers to join our cooperative. You devise campaigns and make them a success. You work independently and proactively, ensuring that ideas lead to concrete results.

Activities
- Your main task is to develop and execute campaigns for the growth of Amsterdam Energy in the number of members, our green energy generation, and our network in the city.
- You strategically use both online and offline communication tools. You are responsible for communication via our own website, newsletter and on social media. You maintain contact with (local) press, develop promotional material for the cooperative together with designers and organize events.
- You involve members in the (campaign) activities of Amsterdam Energie. The cooperative has a large network in the city. Our members come from all parts of Amsterdam and have a multitude of backgrounds. That is the strength of the cooperative. You mobilize members and involve them in our campaigns.
- You support the director in project development. Amsterdam Energy has various solar roofs in the city. That should be much more. In collaboration with the director, you recruit new roofs, draw up business cases for interested parties and advise and guide them in the development process.
- You support the board in organizing events such as the general meeting of members.
- You are the contact for members and partners of the cooperative, including the sustainable network 02025 and the municipality of Amsterdam. Good cooperation with our cooperative energy supplier to | new energy is very important in this.

Profile
- Relevant work experience, for example as a campaign employee
- You have experience in designing, starting and leading campaigns
- You like variety and enjoy performing different tasks
- You have experience with writing texts and creating content
- You are familiar with Wordpress, Mailchimp and the use of social media
- You have an affinity with sustainability, for example in the field of energy transition or urban development

Profile
- Relevant work experience, for example as a campaign employee
- You have experience in designing, starting and leading campaigns
- You like variety and enjoy performing different tasks
- You have experience with writing texts and creating content
- You are familiar with Wordpress, Mailchimp and the use of social media
- You have an affinity with sustainability, for example in the field of energy transition or urban development

Competences
- Entrepreneurial, independent, a go-getter and you can work well together
- You have good communication skills and are good at networking
- You like to actively promote your campaigns and the cooperative
- You like to come up with new plans, and you want to realize them yourself
- You can plan your work well, and it works quickly and accurately
- Good oral and written expression skills in the Dutch language.

offer
- Freelance function for 2 days a week at € 1500 per month.
- assignment for half a year, with a chance of extension
- The opportunity to make a concrete contribution to the energy transition in Amsterdam

For more information visit: https://www.amsterdamenergie.nl/amsterdam-energie-zoekt-een-campagneleider/

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Hugo Niezen, International Growth Lead at DutchBasecamp, posted

Globaliser Sustainable Solutions

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As today's world presents us with a growing amount of global sustainability challenges, there is no going around the importance of building more sustainable solutions for the future. We are helping 8 sustainable solutions entrepreneurs with their internationalisation strategy and to help them achieve a global impact.
The Globaliser is a ten week programme for the international growth of Sustainable Solutions scale-ups.
You will build a solid internationalisation strategy with the use of DutchBasecamp’s tools, network and unique approach. The objective is to create a foundation, so you can channel your precious resources into unfamiliar territories with conviction.

What to expect?
Four sprints containing each a plenary session, specific homework and individual coaching by a seasoned entrepreneur.

After finishing you will have:
A validated international target market
A GTM strategy for that market
A solid international roadmap which will give you practical guidance on the next steps to take

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Julie Chenadec, Head of Communications at SDIA - Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, posted

Webinar Series for the CATALYST project

** Converting data centres in energy flexibility ecosystems **

The CATALYST Webinar Series will run for 4 weeks from the 29th July through to the 19th August and cover some exciting topics:

CATALYST aspires to turn data centres into flexible multi-energy hubs, which can sustain investments in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

Leveraging on results of past projects, CATALYST has adapted, scaled up, deployed and validated an innovative technological and business framework that enables data centres to offer a range of mutualized energy flexibility services to both electricity and heat grids, while simultaneously increasing their own resiliency to energy supply.

This webinar series provides further information on the:

CATALYST DC Manager (TUC) 29th July @2pm
CATALYST Marketplace (ENG, SiLO, POPs) 5th August @2pm
CATALYST Pilots (PSNC) 12th August @2pm
Green Data Centre Roadmap and Assessment Toolbox (GIT) 19th August @ 2pm

https://project-catalyst.eu/

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Audrie van Veen, International Strategist at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

RVO announces European Green Deal call for SMEs

The European Green Deal is the European Commission's strategy for a more sustainable, cleaner and healthier European economy. Research and innovation are of course key to make this happen. RVO (the Dutch agency for subsidies) announces several calls in the coming months of 2020 with a total budget of € 1 billion.

First one on the planning is a special EIC accelerator call for SMEs that need some help to develop a green idea and scale it up internationally. Support will be a subsidy up to € 2,5 million and there is an option for receiving equity up to € 15 million. Projects need to contribute substantially to the European goals for fighting climate change.

Please note that this information is preliminary, more info in Dutch on the website of RVO and we expect that the EU will publish this call in the coming weeks. The RVO-site will update the links to the EC call info, which is not online yet.

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Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Gebruik je portemonnee voor de energietransitie: wat je privé en zakelijk kunt doen qua groene keuzes

Protesteren tegen de bio-industrie, maar wel een lekkere gegrilde plofkip op de markt kopen. De lege winkelstraat ongezellig vinden, maar wel online shoppen en alles thuis laten bezorgen. Tja, dat helpt natuurlijk niet. En het lijkt ook alsof het maar een druppel op de gloeiende plaat is, als jij in je eentje een betere keuze maakt. Toch kun je als consument of met je organisatie wel degelijk impact maken.

In dit artikel een overzicht van welke keuzes voor jou als consument, én voor de organisatie waar je werkt, positief kunnen bijdragen aan de energietransitie.

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Mateusz Jarosiewicz, Founder at Smart Cities Polska, posted

New Operating System For Smart Cities The philosophy behind the system is what makes the difference.

My article on the operating system for cities was published in the prestigious Dubai Smart City Network #neos #smartcities #SmartCitiesPolska
If the operating system performs its function in the background, we can experience games and multimedia on the screen and use our software necessary for a business. The same rule applies to cities and it’s “operating system”.

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Innomics Go!-NH, GO!-NH at Province of Noord-Holland, posted

Introduction meeting GO!-NH Accelerator Sustainable Innovation 2020

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Introduction meeting GO!-NH Accelerator Sustainable Innovation 2020

With the help of these introduction meetings, you will get to experience the program and learn from participating teams about what the previous programs brought them.

February 10th 2020 - IDEA, Alkmaar - 15:30 - 18:00
Apply through Eventbrite: https://gonh2020-11feb.eventbrite.nl

ABOUT GO!-NH
The GO!-NH Accelerator puts SMEs and start-ups on the fast track to development. New ways of thinking, new skills and new partners are a must. This programme is all about circular economy, targeting sta-ups, innovative SMEs, large organisations and institutions. GO!-NH brings together all the relevant parties to activate, connect and develop this sustainable innovation ecosystem.

In a three-month programme you’ll go from concept to a business offering innovative solutions that’s ready to take the market by storm. Training sessions, tools and professional support from expert practitioners will help you in developing your business in a sheltered environment. The progress you make during these few months would normally take a full year. GO!-NH is a joint venture of the province of North Holland and Innomics.

The Accelerator program enables startups, innovative SMEs and innovation teams from large organizations to convert ideas into new business models in a short time and to accelerate customer and product development in order to shorten the time to market. You develop your business with training, tools and professional support from experts.

https://go-nh.nl/meer-informatie/

Event on Feb 11th
Innomics Go!-NH, GO!-NH at Province of Noord-Holland, posted

Introduction meeting GO!-NH Accelerator Sustainable Innovation 2020

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Introduction meeting GO!-NH Accelerator Sustainable Innovation 2020

The GO!-NH Accelerator puts SMEs and start-ups on the fast track to development. New ways of thinking, new skills and new partners are a must. In a three-month programme you’ll go from concept to a business offering innovative solutions that’s ready to take the market by storm. Interested?
With the help of these introduction meetings, you will get to experience the program and learn from participating teams about what the previous programs brought them.

February 10th 2020 - IDEA, Alkmaar - 15:30 - 18:00
Apply through Eventbrite: https://gonh2020-10feb.eventbrite.nl

ABOUT GO!-NH
The GO!-NH Accelerator puts SMEs and start-ups on the fast track to development. New ways of thinking, new skills and new partners are a must. This programme is all about circular economy, targeting sta-ups, innovative SMEs, large organisations and institutions. GO!-NH brings together all the relevant parties to activate, connect and develop this sustainable innovation ecosystem.

In a three-month programme you’ll go from concept to a business offering innovative solutions that’s ready to take the market by storm. Training sessions, tools and professional support from expert practitioners will help you in developing your business in a sheltered environment. The progress you make during these few months would normally take a full year. GO!-NH is a joint venture of the province of North Holland and Innomics.

The Accelerator program enables startups, innovative SMEs and innovation teams from large organizations to convert ideas into new business models in a short time and to accelerate customer and product development in order to shorten the time to market. You develop your business with training, tools and professional support from experts.

https://go-nh.nl/meer-informatie/

Event on Feb 10th
Mees Kusen, Intern , posted

How valuable is energy to you?

Hello! I’m Mees, at the moment I’m conducting a research on sustainable energy initiated by Johan Cruijff ArenA and Amsterdam Smart City. The research focuses on sustainable energy, its future and the value people give to energy. To conduct this research I chose to create a survey which takes about 5 minutes of your time. Are you interested in sustainable energy? Please fill in this survey, it would help my research enormously! Thank you in advance! All your replies will be treated confidential. Results will be shared on this platform.
https://amecboard278983.typeform.com/to/u5oSAo

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AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

The Future of Urban Energy

It's unlikely that our current energy system will be able to continue to guarantee reliability in the future as different factors cause a massive impact on our energy supply.

Although electricity use in Amsterdam is relatively stable today, this will change in the near future. Due to expected population growth, increasing use of electric vehicles and the shift from gas boilers to electric heat pumps, we will start consuming more and more electricity.

On the other hand, and at the same time, the supply of solar and wind energy is growing rapidly. This sustainable energy will replace non-renewable energy increasingly into the system. Unfortunately, this is not without complications.

With all these changes ahead: how can we transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system? In the below long-read we explain how we work on the future of urban energy.

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

‘Urgency creates opportunities’ – recap of the Amsterdam Smart City event ‘Het Net Onder Spanning’

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The changes in the field of sustainability are in full swing. Electric cars, heat pumps and solar panels ensure that a lot of people can make their contribution, even at home. At the same time, these innovations appeal to the electricity grid in the city. More infrastructure is needed to be able to supply the increasing demand for electricity. On the other hand, we have to deal with electricity in different ways. How do we do this? What is needed to keep moving forward? And how do we involve residents in this?

On the 15th of October, Amsterdam Smart City and some of our partners discussed this topic in Pakhuis de Zwijger. Amsterdam Smart City aims for a conversation between its partners and the general public. After all, residents are the ones that have to deal with all innovative projects and the ones with great initiatives themselves, so let’s involve them as soon as possible!

This summer, grid operator Liander and the City of Amsterdam launched a report with an alarming message: in 2050 we will need 2,5 times more electricity than we do now. Eric Koldenhof from the Sustainability department of the City of Amsterdam and Paul van Engelen, region lead Amsterdam of Liander told the audience that this is quite a puzzle, with a growing population and shrinking physical space. For Amsterdam this expected increase in electricity demand means we will need 6 to 8 more electrical substations and around 2.500 small containers throughout the city. They showed a map with warning signs: some of the current substations are already reaching their maximum capacity.

Leonie van den Beuken, program director of Amsterdam Smart City, asked Koldenhof and Van Engelen how critical this issue really is: ‘Is there a possibility we will not be able to switch on a light in the near future?’ Paul: ‘We won’t lose power, don’t worry. The real problems are the new developments. With the current capacity on the grid, it will be very hard to connect new customers, such as big car charging stations or datacenters.’

We will need to expand the electricity grid, but there are two other big recommendations in the research: we need innovative solutions that can work off the grid or efficiently to reduce the impact on the grid and the City and Liander want to look forward and cooperate more. If we have to open up a street for cabling, this can be a possibility to do other constructions simultaneously.

Falco Pieters from Stichting Wiek-II, Peter Paul van Voorst from Skoon Energy and Marjolein Bot from the Amsterdam Economic Board are the ones with solutions to unburden the electricity grid. In Arnhem-Nijmegen, Falco combines technological innovations, wind and solar energy with the participation of citizens. Wiek-II found a way to connect this generated energy to the grid more efficiently and they are happy to copy the concept to other areas in the Netherlands.

Skoon Energy created big switch batteries, mainly for the maritime sector, but they also work for festivals and construction – and perhaps even in the city as a temporarily solution These batteries are short term solutions, but batteries can be charged when there is space on the grid. Peter Paul: ‘I am really happy with the ambitions of the City of Amsterdam and the urgency for innovation. This creates opportunities for my business!’

Marjolein Bot told the audience about her research on the influence of digitalization. Not only sustainable solutions ask for more electricity, data and digitalization are increasing the demand as well. Marjolein is working on efficiency in IT such as green coding, photonics, blockchain, AI and datacenters.

In 2021 governments with plans for the public space will be obliged to incorporate citizens’ opinions in their plans (‘Omgevingswet’). This means that participation and co-creation with citizens is becoming more important, also in the decision on where to build new electrical substations in the city. How can we make sure that participation is useful and meaningful? Dave van Loon (Kennisland), Melika Levelt (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and Pauline Westendorp (02025) are working on participation on a day-to-day basis.

The panel discussed the conditions for citizens to participate in these kind of processes. Melika Levelt: ‘As a government or company, please be clear about the processes that are fixed and that are going to happen anyway. Be clear about the influence residents can have and tell them honestly if you have to make another choice because of political reasons. Citizens will only be interested if you have clear and concrete questions. Take time to hear as many opinions as possible. They really have a feeling about the physical space and their neighbourhood, so take this into account. It is not only a project, but really a place to live.’ Dave: ‘And it is very important to realize that a lot of individuals won’t take the time to cooperate with you. You have to get in touch with citizens’ initiatives and local cooperatives.’

Paulien challenged the City of Amsterdam: ‘Can we focus on developments before 2030 or 2050? Can we make changes now or tomorrow? People are ready for it!’ But be aware: not everyone wants to participate. Some people just want others to take the lead in these developments. And that’s fine as well.

Watch the live feed of the evening here: <https://dezwijger.nl/programma/het-net-onder-spanning>

Want to know more about this? Visit the Kennisland event ‘Out of Office #29: ‘Eerlijke en inclusieve energietransitie: snel en toch samen?’ about the honest and fair energy transition. (in Dutch) Thursday 31 of October in Amsterdam!

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