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Feasibility study on making Van Maanenblok a near zero energy building urban neighbourhood
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Heat and Power Technology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The rapid exhaustion of the finite reserves of fossil-fuels adds to the woes on all walks of the society, and especially on the policy-makers, scientists and engineers to devise means to mitigate the consequences. Reducing energy demand and grid-dependency by decentralized energy production can help improve energy security of a nation. A holistic approach to achieve these goals in the building sector could be through a shift towards fostering near zero-energy communities.

This project is an initiative taken by the residents in Van Maanenblok, an urban residential block constructed in early 1930’s and situated at the heart of North-Rotterdam, to try to achieve self-sustainability in terms of energy consumption of the block through renovation. The objective of this study is to analyze the energy consumption of the block over the past three years and using the ‘Trias Energetica’ approach, investigate the extent to which self-sustainability is possible. This study also includes an overview on financial feasibility of this initiative together with identification of innovation opportunities.

Passive energy reduction measures such as insulation, LED lighting-retrofits have been explored. Active renewable energy systems (RES) like solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, micro-windmills were designed and sized. Also, energy potential from Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste (OFMSW) from within the block, and use ground-source heat pump to meet thermal energy has been investigated. The aforementioned technologies have been compared over certain financial parameters like net present value (NPV), payback period (PBP), and levelised cost of energy (LCOE) based on installation costs obtained from actual figures quoted by the installers and also general indicative market figures.

Results of the study indicate that nearly 54% of present gas demand and 9% of electricity demand can be reduced by passive energy reduction measures alone. It would be possible to meet 42% and 54% of reduced electricity and gas demand respectively from RES. User-behaviour plays an important role in energy consumption and social factor largely determines the metamorphosis of projects with such complex setup. Renovation projects towards near zero energy buildings opens up several innovative opportunities and extended benefits to various actors, however stimulus from government is needed on financial and technical front in order to realize such ambitious initiatives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 84 p.
Keyword [en]
near zero energy building, trias energetica
National Category
Energy Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-150712OAI: diva2:744811
Educational program
Master of Science - Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems
2014-08-21, Jonkerzaal, Potentiaal Building, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, 14:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-09-09 Created: 2014-09-08 Last updated: 2014-09-09Bibliographically approved

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