In Eindhoven sustainable living reaches new heights

In Strijp-S, the industrial heritage site of the former Philips lighting factories in the Dutch city of Eindhoven, two interesting smart buildings will be built by local housing association Trudo. These social housing development projects are meant to be examples of affordable and sustainable living. The first one is the ‘Haasje Over’ (Leapfrog) residence, to be built above one of the largest skate halls in Europe, and topped by a rooftop structure combining a wind turbine with solar panels to generate renewable energy. The second one is the ‘Trudo Toren’ (Trudo Tower), a 70-metre-high residential tower integrating a vertical forest.

Energy from the rooftop

The solution providing renewable energy for high-rise buildings uses limited roof space to generate as much energy as possible. Underneath a solar roof, a system of funnels and turbines is installed along the roof edge to capture the wind flow from the building façade and accelerate it towards the turbines. The concentrated air flow drives the turbines, generating energy even from the slightest breeze. Architecturally integrated into the building design, this innovative wind and solar combination generates six times more energy per square metre than common roof solar solutions and delivers an attractive payback time. Installed on the rooftop of both buildings, the system will produce 125,000 kWh per year.

An artist impression of the Trudo Toren, to be built in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Energy management

Shared lighting, electric vehicle chargers, and elevators are just some of the solutions installed in the buildings. Using open-source IoT for data flows means that all these solutions are connected. Energy management consists of predicting renewable energy generation by wind and solar to optimise energy consumption. By connecting the monitoring and control of assets in a single platform, workflows are improved, maintenance is facilitated, and new energy-saving applications can be created. Different options are being explored, such as coordinating energy consumption within the buildings, adding battery storage to reduce installed grid capacity, encouraging energy cooperation with residents, and even distributing energy across other on-site Trudo buildings.

Attractive living environment

Fieke van den Beuken, Trudo project manager for the two buildings described the ambition that drives the project: Our aim is to create an attractive living environment for people with a modest income. For these two housing projects, we aim to set a new standard for urban developments, by incorporating renewable energy, state-of-the-art energy management technologies and adding green facades to reduce CO2 emissions and generate energy savings.”

Housing association

Trudo is an Eindhoven housing association that often does things ‘slightly differently’. The focus is not on real estate, but on accommodating people. Together with the parties in their network, Trudo aims to facilitate social progress. Trudo’s latest social housing development projects, ‘Haasje Over’ and ‘Trudo Toren’ have received subsidies from Stimulus, OPZuid and the EU fund for regional development.
More info: https://www.trudo.nl/over-sint-trudo (in Dutch).

The companies involved are IBIS Power, for the energy solutions, and OpenRemote, for the IoT part.

Written by: editors Smart City Hub

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