Global energy demand is growing. Fossil fuels are running out, their consumption contributes to the greenhouse effect and climate change. Therefore we have to switch to renewable energy resources. Real Estate is responsible for a big part of energy consumption in the Netherlands. Facility Management is responsible for building management. Facility Management has a huge opportunity to contribute to energy transition.
The High Tech Campus Eindhoven (HTCE) has been made more sustainable using the Trias Energetica Methodology. Firstly, the aim is to limit the energy demand of buildings. Secondly, energy is generated sustainably. HTCE will install 30,000 solar panels on all roofs, which is partly financed by government subsidies. The leading organisation in the field of Solar Research & Development is located at HTCE. Within the project of the solar panels they will test the solar cells that they developed themselves on the facade of their own building. This accelerates innovation in the field of Solar and makes it visible on HTCE. The third step of the Trias Energetica Methodology is storage and sharing of Energy. HTCE uses a Cold Heat Storage. This cools and heats buildings. In the future, a heat surplus will arise, this heat will be shared with the local swimming pool of the Municipality of Eindhoven. The surplus would be waste if it were not used for other purposes.