In an effort to aid the energy transition and meet the Paris agreement goals, the municipality of Amsterdam is willing to take a step forward by deploying photovoltaic (PV) technology on buildings. However, the municipality and house owners are not fully aware of the real PV potentials on their roof-tops and of the challenges they will be facing when exchanging energy with the Low Voltage (LV) grid. So, in the project Maarten is currently working on - an accurate PV potential map is created, indicating the maximum possible PV energy yield per building, considering all surfaces receiving sufficiently high irradiation. Furthermore, a grid impact model will test how much generated power the grid can actually take in from each building cluster, before problems will arise for the relevant grid components. Additional conflicting aspects for PV adoption are concurrent roof purposes, like roof terraces are considered, as well as natural installation moments, for example a planned roof reconstruction. The main outcome from this will be a PV installation calendar, indicating the ideal time for building clusters to start implementation of PV systems in certain districts of the city. A 3D visualization will show how the city appearance will change over the years with increasing PV penetration levels.

Bio
Maarten was born near Breda in 1993. He finished his BSc degree for Mechanical Engineering in 2017 and MSc degree for Sustainable Energy Technologies in 2019, both at the TU Delft. In October 2019 he started working as a researcher for the Photovoltaic Devices and Materials and in November 2019 he joined the AMS Institute as a part-time research fellow.

“We plan a lot towards 2050 and expect that solar PV will dominate the energy transition. Now let's do it!”

Maarten Verkou

Research Fellow

Project

PV Advent Calendar

Urban Energy

Assessing the real PV potential on Amsterdam roof-tops and challenges involved considering local grid infrastructure

Event

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

23 sept | 14:00-15:15 CET

Cities are in the midst of transitioning to clean and green energy systems. The question remains: how can we embed large shares of solar energy across the built environment? And how can we do this in a cost-effective and innovative way?

News

The urban solar panel puzzle

Urban Energy

If you have a house, you have a roof and you can install solar panels. But if your ambition, like Amsterdam, is to push the transition towards renewable energy by having a million solar panels installed, it becomes a large-scale urban planning puzzle.

News

The urban solar panel puzzle

Urban Energy

If you have a house, you have a roof and you can install solar panels. But if your ambition, like Amsterdam, is to push the transition towards renewable energy by having a million solar panels installed, it becomes a large-scale urban planning puzzle.

Project

PV Advent Calendar

Urban Energy

Assessing the real PV potential on Amsterdam roof-tops and challenges involved considering local grid infrastructure

Project

PV Advent Calendar

Urban Energy

Assessing the real PV potential on Amsterdam roof-tops and challenges involved considering local grid infrastructure

Event

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

23 sept | 14:00-15:15 CET

Cities are in the midst of transitioning to clean and green energy systems. The question remains: how can we embed large shares of solar energy across the built environment? And how can we do this in a cost-effective and innovative way?

Event

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

23 sept | 14:00-15:15 CET

Cities are in the midst of transitioning to clean and green energy systems. The question remains: how can we embed large shares of solar energy across the built environment? And how can we do this in a cost-effective and innovative way?

Event

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

23 sept | 14:00-15:15 CET

Cities are in the midst of transitioning to clean and green energy systems. The question remains: how can we embed large shares of solar energy across the built environment? And how can we do this in a cost-effective and innovative way?

Event

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

23 sept | 14:00-15:15 CET

Cities are in the midst of transitioning to clean and green energy systems. The question remains: how can we embed large shares of solar energy across the built environment? And how can we do this in a cost-effective and innovative way?

News

The urban solar panel puzzle

Urban Energy

If you have a house, you have a roof and you can install solar panels. But if your ambition, like Amsterdam, is to push the transition towards renewable energy by having a million solar panels installed, it becomes a large-scale urban planning puzzle.

News

The urban solar panel puzzle

Urban Energy

If you have a house, you have a roof and you can install solar panels. But if your ambition, like Amsterdam, is to push the transition towards renewable energy by having a million solar panels installed, it becomes a large-scale urban planning puzzle.