The owners of 350 new homes near the Agfa-Gevaert factories in Mortsel do not have to have a boiler installed. Agfa-Gevaert's industrial residual heat will be absorbed and heat the homes via a heat network.
Heat plan 2025
Flemish Minister of Energy Zuhal Demir is working on a new Heat Plan 2025, which states that the production of green heat based on renewable energy or residual heat must be increased. It calls on all Flemish municipalities to draw up a heat plan for their own territory. Currently, local heat network projects require not only political support but also subsidies. However, there is enough potential. In 2015, research institute VITO published a study that stated that heavy industry, especially those in the ports of Antwerp and Ghent, can supply up to 7,400 GWh of residual heat with a temperature between 20 and 80 degrees. Above 120 degrees this could even be 12,300 GWh.
For the feasibility study of this new construction project in Mortsel, a subsidy was already received from the Antwerp provincial governor Cathy Berx. Project developer Revive sat together with Agfa-Gevaert, which was prepared to supply the residual heat to a residential heat network. For example, heat constantly escapes through the chimneys and the cooling towers. This will be collected and injected via a pipeline 500 meters into the heat network for 350 new-build homes. “The residents pay market rates, but they will not be able to choose a supplier,” says Isabelle Verhaert of Revive.
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