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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ATELIER

Urban Energy

What if we could generate more energy rather than consume this? In the ATELIER project, neighborhoods in Amsterdam and Bilbao are transformed into 'Positive Energy Districts' by implementing innovative solutions. Ultimately reducing 1,7kton CO2 emissions.

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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?

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PV Advent Calendar

Urban Energy

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

“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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Energy solutions for historic buildings

Urban Energy

What energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage?

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Canals to cool off or warm up buildings

Urban Energy

We're looking into energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage.

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Local Inclusive Future Energy (LIFE) City platform

Urban Energy

Smart planning for energy demand and supply. This will be tested via a smart energy exchange platform in the area of Amsterdam ArenApoort. The result: an electricity grid-friendly and community inclusive innovation to contribute to the energy transition.

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Local Inclusive Future Energy (LIFE) City platform

Urban Energy

Smart planning for energy demand and supply. This will be tested via a smart energy exchange platform in the area of Amsterdam ArenApoort. The result: an electricity grid-friendly and community inclusive innovation to contribute to the energy transition.

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PV Advent Calendar

Urban Energy

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

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3.250.000 solar panels on A'dam roofs?

Urban Energy

There are about 500,000 solar panels on Amsterdam’s roofs. This could be at least 7 times as many: 3,25 million.

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Recording | Energy Lab Zuidoost in PdZ

Urban Energy

Pakhuis de Zwijger hosts the livecast series focused on 'the green transition'. This edition was about Energy Lab Zuidoost.

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Recording | Energy Lab Zuidoost in PdZ

Urban Energy

Pakhuis de Zwijger hosts the livecast series focused on 'the green transition'. This edition was about Energy Lab Zuidoost.

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Energy Lab Zuidoost

Urban Energy

Amsterdam Zuidoost aims to be energy neutral by 2040. This requires systemic change. Not only on a technical – but also on a social level. Therefore, the Energy Lab Zuidoost brings together stakeholders & scientific expertise from different disciplines.

Project

Energy solutions for historic buildings

Urban Energy

What energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage?

Project

Energy solutions for historic buildings

Urban Energy

What energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage?

News

Canals to cool off or warm up buildings

Urban Energy

We're looking into energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage.

News

Canals to cool off or warm up buildings

Urban Energy

We're looking into energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage.

News

Canals to cool off or warm up buildings

Urban Energy

We're looking into energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage.

News

Canals to cool off or warm up buildings

Urban Energy

We're looking into energy-saving measures allow for maximum impact, while conserving our built heritage.

Project

Local Inclusive Future Energy (LIFE) City platform

Urban Energy

Smart planning for energy demand and supply. This will be tested via a smart energy exchange platform in the area of Amsterdam ArenApoort. The result: an electricity grid-friendly and community inclusive innovation to contribute to the energy transition.

Project

PV Advent Calendar

Urban Energy

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

Project

Local Inclusive Future Energy (LIFE) City platform

Urban Energy

Smart planning for energy demand and supply. This will be tested via a smart energy exchange platform in the area of Amsterdam ArenApoort. The result: an electricity grid-friendly and community inclusive innovation to contribute to the energy transition.

Project

PV Advent Calendar

Urban Energy

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

News

3.250.000 solar panels on A'dam roofs?

Urban Energy

There are about 500,000 solar panels on Amsterdam’s roofs. This could be at least 7 times as many: 3,25 million.

News

3.250.000 solar panels on A'dam roofs?

Urban Energy

There are about 500,000 solar panels on Amsterdam’s roofs. This could be at least 7 times as many: 3,25 million.

News

3.250.000 solar panels on A'dam roofs?

Urban Energy

There are about 500,000 solar panels on Amsterdam’s roofs. This could be at least 7 times as many: 3,25 million.

News

3.250.000 solar panels on A'dam roofs?

Urban Energy

There are about 500,000 solar panels on Amsterdam’s roofs. This could be at least 7 times as many: 3,25 million.

News

Recording | Energy Lab Zuidoost in PdZ

Urban Energy

Pakhuis de Zwijger hosts the livecast series focused on 'the green transition'. This edition was about Energy Lab Zuidoost.

News

Recording | Energy Lab Zuidoost in PdZ

Urban Energy

Pakhuis de Zwijger hosts the livecast series focused on 'the green transition'. This edition was about Energy Lab Zuidoost.

Project

Energy Lab Zuidoost

Urban Energy

Amsterdam Zuidoost aims to be energy neutral by 2040. This requires systemic change. Not only on a technical – but also on a social level. Therefore, the Energy Lab Zuidoost brings together stakeholders & scientific expertise from different disciplines.

Project

Energy Lab Zuidoost

Urban Energy

Amsterdam Zuidoost aims to be energy neutral by 2040. This requires systemic change. Not only on a technical – but also on a social level. Therefore, the Energy Lab Zuidoost brings together stakeholders & scientific expertise from different disciplines.