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Alkmaar: a bit of history

Where is the Alkmaar's Renewable Valley, and how did it originate?

Alkmaar’s Renewable Valley is an innovative initiative started in the Netherlands, designated to become Europe’s first Renewable Energy Valley. This medium-sized area hosts over 300 business facilities and 3000 households, all connected to a shared energy grid. It serves as a part of the EU-funded REFORMERS project, aimed at creating regional ecosystems, focusing on renewable energy and local energy production and consumption.

What makes Alkmaar's Renewable Valley unique?

This valley is unique for its comprehensive diversification and integration of various renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, and bio-energy plants. It’s a Flagship for future energy valleys in Europe, focusing on locally produced and consumed energy. The initiative also involves the requalification of existing infrastructure for renewable energy distribution and storage.

How is Alkmaar's Renewable Valley contributing to development and innovation?

Alkmaar’s Renewable Valley is at the forefront of green energy production, housing facilities like the Energy Innovation Park Alkmaar, for testing new technologies in renewable energy generation, storage, and distribution. It’s a model for energy resilience and sustainable development, bridging traditional energy sectors with innovative systems.

Innovation testbed in Boekelermeer

The FV Alkmaar ‘southrand’ is a 4km² area including housing, industrial, commercial, and agricultural activities. It is centred around the Boekelermeer business park 1, surrounded by Overdie’s dense residential zone 2 to the north, Heiloo’s lighter residential 3 and industrial sectors 4 to the west; finally, extending eastward beyond the Noordhollands Kanaal to include Zuidschermer’s rural region 5.

The key features of the Valley include accessible and expanding renewable energy sources (wind, solar, bio-energy), the Energy Innovation Park Alkmaar (EIPA), and InVesta for advancing biomethane and hydrogen production. Additionally, existing gas infrastructures are being re-designed to increase green energy distribution and storage.

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Table data

Biomethane production0 GWh147 – 230 GWhNA-       XX kTon

Target2023 – initial status2028 – medium term targetVariation in %Variation in direct Co2 equivalent emission
Annual solar capacity13 GWhbetween 26 – 43 GWh+100% – +230%N/A
Wind production capacity23 GWhbetween 23 – 47 GWh+0% – +100%N/A
Bio-energy and bio-methane from local bio-waste293 GWh293 GWh+0%N/A
Clean hydrogen production0 GWhbetween 9 – 109 GWhNAN/A
Natural gas consumption84 GWh0 Gwh-100%– 15 kTon
Annual CO2-eq emissions20 ktonmin – 2,5 kTon

max – 5

-75% – 87.5%– 5 kTon


Transitioning households in Heiloo

Next to the transformation of the energy system on Boekelermeer business park, REFORMERS also includes other end-consumers such as households at Overdie and Heiloo.

Overdie is a neighbourhood in Alkmaar where approximately 4,000 residents are situated. Many of the residents in the neighbourhood are living in social housing being provided by housing corporations. Whereas these houses are currently connected to the natural gas grid, the aim of REFORMERS is to extent the existing regional heat grid to the neighbourhood and thereby replacing natural gas usage. At least one high-rise building, owned by Woonwaard, will be connected to this extended heat grid.

Heiloo is an adjacent village to the city of Alkmaar. The municipality is home to 24,000 residents on 19 square kilometres. As part of REFORMERS, the neighbourhoods will be equipped with additional solar panels on rooftops, 10 individual and 1 collective battery units, and 10 individual small heat storage units for the residents and businesses. Also, WiththeGrid will install a “Teleport home innovation” to allow the optimization of electricity flows.

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Replication valleys

There are 6 Replication Valleys participating in the project. Replication valleys will test tools allowing a tangible assessment and benchmarking of suggested solutions, technologies and innovation and help identify suitable business models.

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