ET.20.023 – Energy System Integration in the Built Environment

Route: Energy transition

Cluster question: 019 How should we undertake the transition to an entirely sustainable energy supply?

Today, 30 regions in the Netherlands are working on defining their Regional Energy Strategy (RES), while 355 municipalities are working on their Transition Vision Heating (TVW), and the National Climate Agreement states that by 2030, 1.5 million buildings will be cut off from the natural gas grid. As such, it is clear that we are at the starting point of the renewable-energy transition of the Netherlands. The decisions we make in the coming years will have far-reaching consequences. It is clear that the future energy system will be drastically different than the current energy system. The future energy system will be a multi-energy system, will be highly dynamic, will be both more internationalized and more localized, and will be a bi-directional energy system. Tools that are currently being used in the Netherlands for long term decision-making fail to take into account most of the aforementioned complexities and as such are inadequate to be used for the long-term planning of the future energy system and electrical grid as they cannot guarantee it’s reliability. In order to make the right decisions at the start of this energy transition, a comprehensive and integrated evaluation of the consequences and potential of future scenarios of the renewable energy system in the built environment is indispensable. Therefore, multi-scale, multi-carrier, dynamic system integration modelling is needed to optimize the energy transition pathways of the built environment. This project brings together a range of stakeholders that are actively involved in the decision-making and/or implementation processes of the energy transition at a local, city and regional scale, to build a strong foundation for the long-term planning of the future energy system in the built environment.


aquathermal, built environment, carbon neutral, City, conversion, electrical grid, energy systems, energy transition, geothermal, heat storage, multi-carrier, multi-energy, Multi-scale, municipality, neighborhood, optimization, province, regional, regionale energie strategie, Renewable energy, renovation, renovation wave, seasonal storage, storage, System Integration, transitievisie warmte

Other organisations

None officially involved yet, but we’re going to start exploring this with an existing consortium of partners


Organisation Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e)
Name Dr. ir. L.C. (Lisanne) Havinga