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Energy Transition

Nitrogen and available electricity are today’s pressing issues. Electricity capacity in particular will remain a significant challenge in the coming years.  Mono-disciplinary solutions, if they work at all, cost a lot of money and time and have very limited effect. ABT takes a transdisciplinary approach to energy transition. In doing so, we are to achieve a healthier built environment without natural gas, with minimal impact on the existing electrical grid in existing and new buildings.

Existing cities

While the focus is mostly on existing buildings, there is an even bigger issue: existing infrastructure. The changeability of our cities above ground (buildings and roads) is very limited. A complete change of the technical infrastructure underground is unlikely. So we need solutions that transform the existing and new above-ground infrastructure (buildings) without burdening the existing underground infrastructure.

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Stacking solutions in recent years has not had the effect that we had hoped for. There is little or no decrease in energy use and it leads to more material use. It is time to take a different view. We must stop designing buildings from the idea “what can we do?” Instead we must ask “what do we really need to do?”

By combining simulations with smart sensor and control technology, we can design healthier buildings with fewer installations. So, we can save on materials and elements that use energy, require maintenance and wear out. Our buildings will be healthier, more ecological and more economical.

Research

ABT actively contributes to research to accelerate the energy transition. One such contribution is project TKI-OLEC. We looked at how to make fifth-generation heat networks, consisting of local energy clusters of low-temperature heat sources, technically, financially and organizationally easier.

Our RVO/Topsector Energy project TESN118068, demonstrated that considerable energy savings can be achieved by applying the natural climate concept Earth, Wind & Fire in stacked housing construction.