The transition from fossil-based resources to more sustainable forms of energy like electricity, heating and cooling, is overdue to best preserve our environment. Therefore, Amsterdam has the ambition to reduce CO2 emission by 55% in 2030 and 95% in 2050. This requires a major transformation of our current energy systems. How can ensure the energy use in urban areas will remain reliable, sustainable and affordable?

Energy is both a social and a technical challenge

Cities depend on their surrounding areas for energy production, because the total amount of required energy cannot be generated within city limits. Amsterdam must explore how to generate reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy at the metropolitan level.

This energy transition is both a technical and social challenge. One of the social challenges is the adjustment or change that need to be made by citizens. This includes for example uncertainty about the costs of sustainable solutions. Technical challenges stem from constraints like Amsterdam being an old city with a historic city center. This thus puts certain constraints on how new infrastructure can be built.

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Future-Proof Flexible Car Charging

Urban Energy

Renewable energy systems and electric vehicles belong to the future vision of Amsterdam. Infrastructure upgrades alone cannot solve expected limits, so charging algorithms can help with flexible supply and demands to make these systems future proof.

URSES+

Transitioning to renewable energy solutions comes with uncertainties in terms of energy infrastructure, flexible use of car charging stations that were studied in a battery of 8 collaborative research projects.

Project

Societal Value of Smart Energy Systems

Urban Energy

Smart energy systems enable the transition to more sustainable solutions yet stakeholders and end users have concerns around privacy, reliability, and security. This project delivered recommendations on how to best design pilot projects.

“The decision of the Dutch government to stop the extraction of natural gas from the Groningen gas field has increased the urgency for the successful roll-out of sustainable heating systems. However, not all stakeholders support this change. In the ‘Designing innovative and socially responsible heating systems’ project, we investigate how to improve acceptability and establish the costs and benefits of different sustainable heating systems.”

Niek Mouter

Project Lead Designing innovative and socially responsible heating systems

How do we work on the topic of Urban Energy?

AMS Institute complements the initiatives of the city of Amsterdam. It contributes technological and scientific expertise in the field of urban energy and partnerships with energy providers that add the long-term perspective beyond council terms. Researchers have good insight on early-stage developments with potential and on their best fit with the urban energy challenges.

Research projects target different levels for investigation such as interventions at household, building, neighborhood, community, or city and regional level. In addition, research projects also distinguish between different types of energy such as electricity, heating, and cooling. Within the various research projects, there is also a strong focus on the social and societal challenges of the energy transition.

Wider impact

While AMS Institute seeks to improve local or urban energy challenges, the long-term goal is to make an impact beyond its city limits. Ideally, local solutions support the global energy transition by translating findings for other cities, countries and continents.

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Societal Value of Smart Energy Systems

Urban Energy

Smart energy systems enable the transition to more sustainable solutions yet stakeholders and end users have concerns around privacy, reliability, and security. This project delivered recommendations on how to best design pilot projects.

Project

URSES+

Urban Energy

Transitioning to renewable energy solutions comes with uncertainties in terms of energy infrastructure, flexible use of car charging stations that were studied in a battery of 8 collaborative research projects.

Project

BIES

Urban Energy

Traditional energy provisions fall short. In this research project of the Buiksloterham area in Amsterdam new solutions using energy from local sources were explored. Researchers and stakeholders studied district energy systems for the built environment.

Project

BIES

Urban Energy

Traditional energy provisions fall short. In this research project of the Buiksloterham area in Amsterdam new solutions using energy from local sources were explored. Researchers and stakeholders studied district energy systems for the built environment.

Project

DISPATCH 2

Urban Energy

Metropolitan areas with facilities for large events, such as the ArenA, have an important role to play in the application of intelligent energy systems. They have the potential for efficiency improvements and the integration of renewable energy sources.

Project

Dealing with Uncertainty & Markets

Urban Energy

The increased use of electric cars and charging stations, but also electricity generation using solar panels, for example, means that new methods need to be developed that make the most efficient use possible of urban electricity networks.

Project

SMARTEST

Urban Energy

The fast adoption of electric vehicles in the Amsterdam region will cause capacity problems on the grid. To prevent these problems people need to adopt various smart and sustainable energy behaviors. Business models need to be developed that support this.

Project

SMARTEST

Urban Energy

The fast adoption of electric vehicles in the Amsterdam region will cause capacity problems on the grid. To prevent these problems people need to adopt various smart and sustainable energy behaviors. Business models need to be developed that support this.

Project

Future-Proof Flexible Car Charging

Urban Energy

Renewable energy systems and electric vehicles belong to the future vision of Amsterdam. Infrastructure upgrades alone cannot solve expected limits, so charging algorithms can help with flexible supply and demands to make these systems future proof.

Project

Societal Value of Smart Energy Systems

Urban Energy

Smart energy systems enable the transition to more sustainable solutions yet stakeholders and end users have concerns around privacy, reliability, and security. This project delivered recommendations on how to best design pilot projects.

Project

Societal Value of Smart Energy Systems

Urban Energy

Smart energy systems enable the transition to more sustainable solutions yet stakeholders and end users have concerns around privacy, reliability, and security. This project delivered recommendations on how to best design pilot projects.

Project

URSES+

Urban Energy

Transitioning to renewable energy solutions comes with uncertainties in terms of energy infrastructure, flexible use of car charging stations that were studied in a battery of 8 collaborative research projects.

Project

URSES+

Urban Energy

Transitioning to renewable energy solutions comes with uncertainties in terms of energy infrastructure, flexible use of car charging stations that were studied in a battery of 8 collaborative research projects.

Project

URSES+

Urban Energy

Transitioning to renewable energy solutions comes with uncertainties in terms of energy infrastructure, flexible use of car charging stations that were studied in a battery of 8 collaborative research projects.

Project

URSES+

Urban Energy

Transitioning to renewable energy solutions comes with uncertainties in terms of energy infrastructure, flexible use of car charging stations that were studied in a battery of 8 collaborative research projects.

Project

BIES

Urban Energy

Traditional energy provisions fall short. In this research project of the Buiksloterham area in Amsterdam new solutions using energy from local sources were explored. Researchers and stakeholders studied district energy systems for the built environment.

Project

DISPATCH 2

Urban Energy

Metropolitan areas with facilities for large events, such as the ArenA, have an important role to play in the application of intelligent energy systems. They have the potential for efficiency improvements and the integration of renewable energy sources.

Project

BIES

Urban Energy

Traditional energy provisions fall short. In this research project of the Buiksloterham area in Amsterdam new solutions using energy from local sources were explored. Researchers and stakeholders studied district energy systems for the built environment.

Project

DISPATCH 2

Urban Energy

Metropolitan areas with facilities for large events, such as the ArenA, have an important role to play in the application of intelligent energy systems. They have the potential for efficiency improvements and the integration of renewable energy sources.

Project

Dealing with Uncertainty & Markets

Urban Energy

The increased use of electric cars and charging stations, but also electricity generation using solar panels, for example, means that new methods need to be developed that make the most efficient use possible of urban electricity networks.

Project

Dealing with Uncertainty & Markets

Urban Energy

The increased use of electric cars and charging stations, but also electricity generation using solar panels, for example, means that new methods need to be developed that make the most efficient use possible of urban electricity networks.

Project

Dealing with Uncertainty & Markets

Urban Energy

The increased use of electric cars and charging stations, but also electricity generation using solar panels, for example, means that new methods need to be developed that make the most efficient use possible of urban electricity networks.

Project

Dealing with Uncertainty & Markets

Urban Energy

The increased use of electric cars and charging stations, but also electricity generation using solar panels, for example, means that new methods need to be developed that make the most efficient use possible of urban electricity networks.

Project

SMARTEST

Urban Energy

The fast adoption of electric vehicles in the Amsterdam region will cause capacity problems on the grid. To prevent these problems people need to adopt various smart and sustainable energy behaviors. Business models need to be developed that support this.

Project

SMARTEST

Urban Energy

The fast adoption of electric vehicles in the Amsterdam region will cause capacity problems on the grid. To prevent these problems people need to adopt various smart and sustainable energy behaviors. Business models need to be developed that support this.

Project

Future-Proof Flexible Car Charging

Urban Energy

Renewable energy systems and electric vehicles belong to the future vision of Amsterdam. Infrastructure upgrades alone cannot solve expected limits, so charging algorithms can help with flexible supply and demands to make these systems future proof.

Project

Future-Proof Flexible Car Charging

Urban Energy

Renewable energy systems and electric vehicles belong to the future vision of Amsterdam. Infrastructure upgrades alone cannot solve expected limits, so charging algorithms can help with flexible supply and demands to make these systems future proof.