Developing a locally balanced energy system for an existing neighbourhood, using the ‘Smart Urban Isle’ approach

S.C. Jansen, S. Mohammadi, R.M.J. Bokel

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This paper describes a step-by-step approach for generating various energy concepts for neighbourhoods, based on local renewable resources. The approach is developed within the European research project ‘Smart Urban Isle’ (SUI). While much literature is focussed on comparison or optimization of predefined configurations, the SUI approach adds to the existing knowledge by introducing a systematic step-by-step approach that supports the first step of the development phase, i.e., the generation of various - potentially innovative - energy system configurations for neighbourhoods, which in the following phase can be optimized using optimization methods. First, the five steps of the approach are introduced, and secondly, these are applied to an existing residential neighbourhood in the Netherlands. The resulting preferred energy concept for the case study consists of a local, ultra-low temperature heat grid, heated by decentralised heat production from PV-thermal (PVT) collectors on individual roofs and connected to a collective seasonal underground storage (ATES). This paper demonstrates the usefulness of the approach for generating various alternative innovative energy concepts for neighbourhoods, based on the local demands and energy potentials, and also describes the resulting energy concept developed for the case study. This innovative energy concept can also be applied to similar residential neighbourhoods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102496
Number of pages15
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • 5GDH
  • Energy retrofitting
  • Local energy balance
  • Low-temperature heat grid
  • Neighbourhood energy system
  • The Netherlands
  • Urban energy transition


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