PROJECTS

PROJECTS

GREENCHOICE
HARTEL II
Spectral has been commissioned by leading Dutch sustainable energy provider, Greenchoice, to implement a mission-critical energy control system to optimize the largest wind-coupled battery system in the Netherlands. The 10MW / 10MWh battery system is connected with a 24 MW wind farm consisting of 8 turbines. Spectral’s energy management solution ensures that the wind and battery assets are coordinated in unison to deliver ancillary services to the Dutch TSO, Tennet, as well as to facilitate portfolio optimization for Greenchoice based on market price forecasts. The Hartel II power plant, located near the Port of Rotterdam, serves as a prime example of how renewable-based systems can be used to provide the critical network balancing services which are currently performed by fossil-fuel generators. #Scaling up the energy transition in the Netherlands. Read more about the project here!
GREENCHOICE
HARTEL II
Spectral has been commissioned by leading Dutch sustainable energy provider, Greenchoice, to implement a mission-critical energy control system to optimize the largest wind-coupled battery system in the Netherlands. The 10MW / 10MWh battery system is made of 6 individual containerized modules and is connected with a 24 MW consisting of 8 turbines. Spectral’s energy management solution ensures that the wind and battery assets are coordinated in unison to deliver ancillary services to the Dutch TSO, Tennet, as well as to facilitate portfolio optimization for Greenchoice based on market price forecasts. The Hartel II power plant, located near the Port of Rotterdam, serves as a prime example of how renewable-based systems can be used to provide the critical network balancing services which are currently performed by fossil-fuel generators. #Scaling up the energy transition in the Netherlands.
MERIN
SMART BUILDING MANAGEMENT
In September 2018, Spectral commenced work on a dedicated energy management system and data analytics solution for Merin, a large commercial real estate company in the Netherlands, with a portfolio of more than 100 offices and industrial assets located around the country. For this implementation, Spectral is working in partnership with Innax, the metering company for Merin.

Our combined challenge is to implement sub-metering for a Merin-owned property in Eindhoven (with a total area of almost 12.000m2) and integrate Spectral’s software solution with the building management system (BMS) in order to:

  • Analyse and visualise all building data (including gas and electricity consumption) in combination with exogenous information, such as weather data
  • Deliver secure, permission-based content for different user roles (e.g. board member, property manager, tenant) including a tailored dashboard for each user type
  • Extract business intelligence and recommendations for energy savings, peak shaving, etc.
  • Automatically control the Building Management System to optimise energy efficiency whilst providing a comfortable climate for the building tenants

Spectral’s solution provides sophisticated building portfolio analysis for Merin, including the ability to apply advanced data filtering and display or compare (aggregated) data for multiple locations. The reporting module gives full flexibility with regards to the selected data and templating. After this first implementation, Spectral hopes to scale up our metering and control solution across the entire Merin building portfolio during 2019.

REPUBLICA PAPAVERWEG
BUSINESS COMMUNITY SMART-GRID
Republica Papaverweg is an area development of 15.000 m2 located in Buiksloterham, Amsterdam North, consisting of a large hotel, three residential buildings, two commercial buildings, and a large parking structure. Following a comprehensive feasibility study, which demonstrated a positive business case for the development of a smart microgrid within the project, Spectral successfully acquired the RVO’s Experimenteerregeling, which is a 20 year regulatory exemption for the site. Together with its partner, INNAX, Spectral is responsible for the engineering of an integrated electrical and thermal microgrid, including a WKO (ATES), local renewable energy production sources, EV charging points, large centralized batteries, smart energy management systems, and a private distribution network (for both heat and power). The project is currently reaching the conclusion of the V.O. engineering phase with construction planned to begin in early 2019.
REPUBLICA PAPAVERWEG
BUSINESS COMMUNITY SMART-GRID
Republica Papaverweg is an area development of 15.000 m2 located in Buiksloterham, Amsterdam North, consisting of a large hotel, three residential buildings, two commercial buildings, and a large parking structure. Following a comprehensive feasibility study, which demonstrated a positive business case for the development of a smart microgrid within the project, Spectral successfully acquired the RVO’s Experimenteerregeling, which is a 20 year regulatory exemption for the site. Together with its partner, INNAX, Spectral is responsible for the engineering of an integrated electrical and thermal microgrid, including a WKO (ATES), local renewable energy production sources, EV charging points, large centralized batteries, smart energy management systems, and a private distribution network (for both heat and power). The project is currently reaching the conclusion of the V.O. engineering phase with construction planned to begin in early 2019.
SCHOONSCHIP
COMMUNITY SMART-GRID
Schoonschip, a floating residential neighborhood of 47 households located in Amsterdam North, hopes to become the most sustainable urban development in Europe. The project aims to re-envision the way we approach sustainable development, setting a new standard for resource management, sustainable building design, community governance, and closing nutrient cycles.

Spectral is leading the implementation of an advanced smart-grid at Schoonschip. The Schoonschip community was recently awarded the “Experimenteerregeling,” which allows them to develop their own private microgrid (behind the meter) with only one central grid connection. Each house will be equipped with local PV production, battery storage, solar collectors, thermal storage, a smart heat pump, and other smart-grid ready appliances.

Spectral is responsible for the complete project development of the smart-grid, including detailed engineering, subcontracting installations, securing permits, acquiring pre-financing, and other necessary activities. Spectral is also a core member of the “Grid-Friends” project team, together with CWI and Fraunhofer ITWM, two leading European research institutes. The “Grid-Friends” project is focused on implementing and further developing an advanced smart-grid control platform at Schoonschip, aiming to set a new (global) standard in smart-grid technology.
GRONINGEN MUNICIPALITY
PEER TO PEER SMART ENERGY BLOCKCHAIN PLATFORM
The City of Groningen has an ambitious vision to be energy neutral by 2025, with all the energy used in the city originating from renewable sources. Their goal is to be a powerful example of sustainability to other cities in the Netherlands and part of this vision is the “Energie delen met je buren” (“Sharing energy with your neighbours”) project for which Spectral was selected to implement the technical solution, to advise on the regulatory changes needed to scale the solution and to support the city in getting local communities on board. Phase 1 involves households (including prosumers) in the Reitdiep neighbourhood, exchanging energy with each other using blockchain as the key supporting technology.
In phase 2, this energy exchange will be scaled up to neighbourhood level within Groningen with the Selwerd neighbourhood participating alongside Reitdiep. In the subsequent phases, when the social, economic, regulatory and technical challenges have been addressed, the goal is to scale this sustainable solution to province and, eventually, national level.

Spectral’s technology development incorporates both hardware and software. Our new tamper-proof, small-scale device for writing energy data to the blockchain will be connected with the smart meter in each participating household. Accompanying software will enable the local market for energy transactions which will then be visualised for all participants. In the long term, as the project scales, these local markets will be connected with the wholesale and balancing markets, thereby facilitating a blockchain-enabled platform for a fully-integrated, decentralised energy market.

GRONINGEN MUNICIPALITY
PEER TO PEER SMART ENERGY BLOCKCHAIN PLATFORM
The City of Groningen has an ambitious vision to be energy neutral by 2025, with all the energy used in the city originating from renewable sources. Their goal is to be a powerful example of sustainability to other cities in the Netherlands and part of this vision is the “Energie delen met je buren” (“Sharing energy with your neighbours”) project for which Spectral was selected to implement the technical solution, to advise on the regulatory changes needed to scale the solution and to support the city in getting local communities on board.

Phase 1 involves households (including prosumers) in the Reitdiep neighbourhood, exchanging energy with each other using blockchain as the key supporting technology. In phase 2, this energy exchange will be scaled up to neighbourhood level within Groningen with the Selwerd neighbourhood participating alongside Reitdiep. In the subsequent phases, when the social, economic, regulatory and technical challenges have been addressed, the goal is to scale this sustainable solution to province and, eventually, national level.

Spectral’s technology development incorporates both hardware and software. Our new tamper-proof, small-scale device for writing energy data to the blockchain will be connected with the smart meter in each participating household. Accompanying software will enable the local market for energy transactions which will then be visualised for all participants. In the long term, as the project scales, these local markets will be connected with the wholesale and balancing markets, thereby facilitating a blockchain-enabled platform for a fully-integrated, decentralised energy market.

AMSTEL III
GRID CAPACITY OPTIMIZATION
Amstel 3 is a district in Amsterdam ZuidOost that is experiencing a major transition towards a mixed residential-commercial area. Large scale urban redevelopment in combination with new residential area developments and the construction of several huge data centers, are expected to cause grid capacity problems. The city has already greenlighted most of these developments, although the local grid operator has stated that the grid may run into capacity issues.

Spectral was asked to use its holistic approach to energy system design to come up with solutions that will alleviate the load on the grid. This was done by creating a detailed picture of the current scenario. Where will problems occur? How will we manage these problems?

By looking at a wide range of solutions, from battery storage, to using data center waste heat, to installing hydrogen fuel cells, Spectral is able to advise the local government and utility companies on their energy system strategy. In doing so, Spectral makes sure that the energy transition is moving forward at its maximum pace.

STRANDEILAND
LARGE SCALE CITY DEVELOPMENT
Strandeiland is a new island with an surface of 1 miljoen m² in Amsterdam East. The island will offer a living space for more than 22,000 people in Amsterdam. Also schools, offices and shops will be realized in the area. The urban plan for Strandeiland includes very ambitious goals for sustainability and circularity. One of the main objectives is to achieve an energy-neutral, and preferably energy-supplying, island. In addition,achieving emission-free mobility and applying a new innovative sanitation system are strategic aims.

In order to give direction for the next steps in the design process for the entire Strandeiland area, Spectral was asked to conduct a feasibility study on the development of a sustainable integrated energy system as possible. The system focussed on maximizing sustainable energy generation, system integration of heat and cold demand, and smart control of energy demand and supply using a smart-grid area system.

STRANDEILAND
LARGE SCALE CITY DEVELOPMENT
Strandeiland is a new island with an surface of 1 miljoen m² in Amsterdam East. The island will offer a living space for more than 22,000 people in Amsterdam. Also schools, offices and shops will be realized in the area. The urban plan for Strandeiland includes very ambitious goals for sustainability and circularity. One of the main objectives is to achieve an energy-neutral, and preferably energy-supplying, island. In addition,achieving emission-free mobility and applying a new innovative sanitation system are strategic aims.

In order to give direction for the next steps in the design process for the entire Strandeiland area, Spectral was asked to conduct a feasibility study on the development of a sustainable integrated energy system as possible. The system focussed on maximizing sustainable energy generation, system integration of heat and cold demand, and smart control of energy demand and supply using a smart-grid area system.

POPPIES
SMART ENERGY CONCEPT
Poppies is an upcoming new-build, mixed residential and commercial development of more than 6.000 m2 located in Amsterdam North. The project has extremely high ambitions for sustainable material use, circularity, and energy self-sufficiency, providing a prime example of energy positive building design. Spectral was commissioned by the project developers to develop a smart energy concept for sustainable electricity and heat supply for Poppies, including integration of maximal local renewable energy production, an aquifer thermal energy system (ATES), smart heat pumps, energy storage, and smart EV charging stations that will be linked to a local car sharing initiative. Spectral is supporting the engineering of the integrated energy systems and will be implementing their SECS platform for steering and optimizing energy supply, storage, and demand following realization of the project.

POPPIES
SMART ENERGY CONCEPT
Poppies is an upcoming new-build, mixed residential and commercial development of more than 6.000 m2 located in Amsterdam North. The project has extremely high ambitions for sustainable material use, circularity, and energy self-sufficiency, providing a prime example of energy positive building design. Spectral was commissioned by the project developers to develop a smart energy concept for sustainable electricity and heat supply for Poppies, including integration of maximal local renewable energy production, an aquifer thermal energy system (ATES), smart heat pumps, energy storage, and smart EV charging stations that will be linked to a local car sharing initiative. Spectral is supporting the engineering of the integrated energy systems and will be implementing their SECS platform for steering and optimizing energy supply, storage, and demand following realization of the project.

YMERE
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING PORTFOLIO
In January 2018, the SGE consortium (consisting of Greenchoice, INNAX, Spectral, and Zon) was awarded a 5-year contract by the Ymere housing corporation in order to supply them with 100% renewable energy and to develop a sustainability strategy for their building portfolio. Ymere’s portfolio consists of 70.000 homes in the Amsterdam metropolitan region. By applying cutting-edge technology and data-driven solutions, the SGE consortium aims to set a new standard which will enable housing and real estate companies to reduce their environmental footprint and to accelerate the transition to gas-less neighborhoods.
BIJLMER BAJES
AREA DEVELOPMENT SMART-GRID
Spectral was commissioned by INNAX and BAM Energy Systems in order to develop an integral plan for a high performance smart-grid for the Bijlmer Bajes Kwartier development project. The project will consist of more than 1.350 new apartments, several commercial buildings, and a school, amounting to more than 135.000 m2 of newly developed real estate. The energy concept for the area includes local renewable generation systems based on PV, wind, and biogas, large-scale centralized battery systems, smart heat pumps combined with an aquifer thermal storage system, and intelligent coordination of local supply and demand via Spectral’s energy management system (SEMS).
BIJLMER BAJES
AREA DEVELOPMENT SMART-GRID
Spectral was commissioned by INNAX and BAM Energy Systems in order to develop an integral plan for a high performance smart-grid for the Bijlmer Bajes Kwartier development project. The project will consist of more than 1.350 new apartments, several commercial buildings, and a school, amounting to more than 135.000 m2 of newly developed real estate. The energy concept for the area includes local renewable generation systems based on PV, wind, and biogas, large-scale centralized battery systems, smart heat pumps combined with an aquifer thermal storage system, and intelligent coordination of local supply and demand via Spectral’s energy management system (SEMS).
GREENCHOICE
SMART METER DATA PLATFORM
In July of 2017, Spectral launched a new data analytics platform which enables energy utilities to extract unique business intelligence from the vast amounts of smart-meter data streaming into their servers every day. This Big Data solution enables users to quickly visualize customer-specific energy data in order to gain greater insight into consumption patterns and trends. Advanced algorithms and simulation tools seamlessly identify cost saving opportunities for the customer, while also assessing the potential for new products and services based on renewables and smart energy solutions. The platform was recently rolled-out to complement the business strategy and operations of Greenchoice, the Netherland’s number one green energy supplier.
YMERE POC
FUTURE ENERGY COMMUNITIES
In May 2018, the Triple B consortium, which includes Spectral, LENS, and Ymere, launched a real-world pilot to explore opportunities for empowering local energy communities to take control of their own energy supply and to actively participate in the market. According to Article 16 of the upcoming EU Clean Energy Package, energy communities should be able to: “…own community networks and autonomously manage them [and] to access all organized markets.” With the upcoming regulatory changes, the increasingly important role of energy communities, and the growing demand for sustainable and affordable energy for prosumers, new market mechanisms are required. As a result, Triple B is developing innovative business models that leverage the latest capabilities of smart energy technology to allow energy communities to actively trade on the energy markets, while using shared assets such as PV and batteries to keep their collective supply and demand in balance.
YMERE POC
FUTURE ENERGY COMMUNITIES
In May 2018, the Triple B consortium, which includes Spectral, LENS, and Ymere, launched a real-world pilot to explore opportunities for empowering local energy communities to take control of their own energy supply and to actively participate in the market. According to Article 16 of the upcoming EU Clean Energy Package, energy communities should be able to: “…own community networks and autonomously manage them [and] to access all organized markets.” With the upcoming regulatory changes, the increasingly important role of energy communities, and the growing demand for sustainable and affordable energy for prosumers, new market mechanisms are required. As a result, Triple B is developing innovative business models that leverage the latest capabilities of smart energy technology to allow energy communities to actively trade on the energy markets, while using shared assets such as PV and batteries to keep their collective supply and demand in balance.
ALLIANDER
LOCAL BLOCKCHAIN ENERGY MARKETS
In summer of 2017, Spectral launched a new platform for setting up local energy markets based on blockchain technology. The first phase of the project is taking place at De Ceuvel, an Amsterdam community which has become a globally visible showcase for sustainable urban development. De Ceuvel features its own private microgrid, in which Spectral, together with Dutch DSO Alliander, are piloting new approaches for enabling local (peer-to-peer) energy trading via a local alternative token called the “Jouliette.” Beyond just tracking energy flows, the Jouliette can be used to enable other intra-community services, such as a car sharing program. As a system integration specialist, Spectral is responsible for the development of the (blockchain) software package, as well as delivery of customized hardware solutions for smart-metering and data collection. Read more about the project here!
BLIJBURG
HIGH PERFORMANCE MICRO-GRID
“Blijburg” is a beach complex located in Amsterdam East which consists of two restaurants, a snackbar, and an events space. Spectral was responsible for the design and implementation of an advanced microgrid at Blijburg. As part of the project, Spectral delivered a pre-integrated energy storage system which ensures that all of the solar energy is consumed in-house. Furthermore, Spectral’s energy management system schedules and controls the battery, heat pumps, and the largest appliances in the building in order to manage peak power demand, enabling Blijburg to considerably reduce their demand charges by using a smaller, “kleinverbruikers” grid connection. One of the innovative aspects of the microgrid is the integral VRV heat pump system, which combines space heating, hot water, cooling, refrigeration, and heat recovery ventilation all into one system.
Thus, the waste heat from the beer coolers and walk-in refrigerators is used directly for Blijburg’s heating needs, allowing for the highest levels of thermal efficiency possible. Aside from providing a highly positive business case for Blijburg, the project also resulted in more than 65.000 kg in yearly CO2 emissions reductions.
BLIJBURG
HIGH PERFORMANCE MICRO-GRID
“Blijburg” is a beach complex located in Amsterdam East which consists of two restaurants, a snackbar, and an events space. Spectral was responsible for the design and implementation of an advanced microgrid at Blijburg. As part of the project, Spectral delivered a pre-integrated energy storage system which ensures that all of the solar energy is consumed in-house. Furthermore, Spectral’s energy management system schedules and controls the battery, heat pumps, and the largest appliances in the building in order to manage peak power demand, enabling Blijburg to considerably reduce their demand charges by using a smaller, “kleinverbruikers” grid connection. One of the innovative aspects of the microgrid is the integral VRV heat pump system, which combines space heating, hot water, cooling, refrigeration, and heat recovery ventilation all into one system. Thus, the waste heat from the beer coolers and walk-in refrigerators is used directly for Blijburg’s heating needs, allowing for the highest levels of thermal efficiency possible. Aside from providing a highly positive business case for Blijburg, the project also resulted in more than 65.000 kg in yearly CO2 emissions reductions.
TNO
HIGH PERFORMANCE MICRO-GRID
As a system integrator, Spectral specializes in developing integrated hardware and software solutions tailored to the specific needs of any application. Spectral was recently commissioned by Dutch research institute TNO to design and build customized energy storage solutions for their new, high-tech Hybrid Energy System Integration (HESI) Lab in Groningen. The energy storage modules which were delivered by Spectral were specifically designed for use in smart-grid research projects, modularity, and easy mobility around the lab. The systems were presented at the HESI lab opening event happened on January 31st, 2017.

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