By using sustainable energy, we can reduce the usage of fossil fuels and thus reduce severe air pollution. The biomass power plant produces an amount of energy that is comparable to the natural gas usage of 27.000 households, and 38.000 when the electricity production of the solar field is included.
“Large-scale energy supply solutions and raw material recovery are needed to accelerate sustainability” according to Marc Kapteijn, the director of Twence. “Businesses play a key role. In fact, waste energy companies are at the forefront since the apparent end of the chain offers opportunities to achieve circularity in practice. I’m proud of what we have achieved at Twence with so many others. By collaborating, we can truly make a circular and sustainable economy reality”.
The largest solar park in Twente is located just in between the Twentekanaal business park in Hengelo and the A35, next to the Twence main site. The 20-hectare solar park has almost 61.000 solar panels, with a total capacity of 17.5 MWp. It provides electricity for about 4.500 households.
The assignment to make the biomass energy plant that was built in 2007 future-proof resulted in a fully modernised plant and tripled sustainable energy production. Thirty-nine million cubic meters of natural gas can be saved annually until 2030 by the green heat of this plant alone. The heat is used in the district heating in Enschede, and options to deliver to Grolsch and Vredestein are being considered.
Twence produces raw materials and energy from waste streams, biomass and sunlight. In 2017 the usage of 185.000 million cubic meters of natural was avoided in this way, contributing significantly to the Global Goals, just like this year.