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.

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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.

“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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The future of urban energy

Urban Energy

It's unlikely that our current energy system will be able to continue to guarantee reliability in the future as different factors cause a massive impact on our energy supply. How can we transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system?

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.

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Schools as energy-embassy

Urban Energy

The transition to cleaner, more efficient energy systems is not yet going fast enough. Can schools function as energy-ambassies to speed up this process?

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Solar Urban

Urban Energy

To reach the city's climate ambitions, we have to generate more energy within the city itself. This can be done for example by using solar panels that are placed on roofs. But what about other surfaces, such as facades, roads, and pavements?

Project

Saving Energy When Others Pay the Bill

Urban Energy

What motivates people to use less energy, when they are not the ones paying the bill? Like for example in a hotel. A long-term, field experiment at Amsterdam’s Student Hotel started to shed some light on this question.

Project

Saving Energy When Others Pay the Bill

Urban Energy

What motivates people to use less energy, when they are not the ones paying the bill? Like for example in a hotel. A long-term, field experiment at Amsterdam’s Student Hotel started to shed some light on this question.

Project

Car as Power Plant

Urban Energy

“Car as Power Plant” (CaPP) is a project using parked fuel cell cars as power plants. The Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam in Noord will function as a controlled research location.

News

The future of urban energy

Urban Energy

It's unlikely that our current energy system will be able to continue to guarantee reliability in the future as different factors cause a massive impact on our energy supply. How can we transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system?

News

The future of urban energy

Urban Energy

It's unlikely that our current energy system will be able to continue to guarantee reliability in the future as different factors cause a massive impact on our energy supply. How can we transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system?

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.

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.

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

Schools as energy-embassy

Urban Energy

The transition to cleaner, more efficient energy systems is not yet going fast enough. Can schools function as energy-ambassies to speed up this process?

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

Schools as energy-embassy

Urban Energy

The transition to cleaner, more efficient energy systems is not yet going fast enough. Can schools function as energy-ambassies to speed up this process?

Project

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

To reach the city's climate ambitions, we have to generate more energy within the city itself. This can be done for example by using solar panels that are placed on roofs. But what about other surfaces, such as facades, roads, and pavements?

Project

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

To reach the city's climate ambitions, we have to generate more energy within the city itself. This can be done for example by using solar panels that are placed on roofs. But what about other surfaces, such as facades, roads, and pavements?

Project

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

To reach the city's climate ambitions, we have to generate more energy within the city itself. This can be done for example by using solar panels that are placed on roofs. But what about other surfaces, such as facades, roads, and pavements?

Project

Solar Urban

Urban Energy

To reach the city's climate ambitions, we have to generate more energy within the city itself. This can be done for example by using solar panels that are placed on roofs. But what about other surfaces, such as facades, roads, and pavements?

Project

Saving Energy When Others Pay the Bill

Urban Energy

What motivates people to use less energy, when they are not the ones paying the bill? Like for example in a hotel. A long-term, field experiment at Amsterdam’s Student Hotel started to shed some light on this question.

Project

Saving Energy When Others Pay the Bill

Urban Energy

What motivates people to use less energy, when they are not the ones paying the bill? Like for example in a hotel. A long-term, field experiment at Amsterdam’s Student Hotel started to shed some light on this question.

Project

Car as Power Plant

Urban Energy

“Car as Power Plant” (CaPP) is a project using parked fuel cell cars as power plants. The Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam in Noord will function as a controlled research location.

Project

Car as Power Plant

Urban Energy

“Car as Power Plant” (CaPP) is a project using parked fuel cell cars as power plants. The Shell Technology Centre Amsterdam in Noord will function as a controlled research location.