Heerlen suffered from many typical post mining problems. Almost everything from the mining past is destroyed, which causes a severe loss of identity. A new identity is now found in new clean and green energy. The use of old mines for new energy is a physical visualisation of this transition.
A new district heating grid uses water at a
constant temperature of 22o C from
the mines, used water is pumped back into the mineshafts. No further increase
in the temperature of the mine water is needed. The water runs through an
embedded hydraulic piping system under the floor of the Heerlerheide Centrum, a
new multifunctional complex for residential use, which also contains a library,
a supermarket, a conference room and a café.
Solar cells will also be integrated into the buildings, in window shades that will move according to the position of the sun.
The community of Heerlen demonstrates the use of water from abandoned mines for the heating and cooling of buildings. The system is based on low energy principles, and is facilitated by an integrated design of buildings and energy concepts. They will realize 50 to 100% CO2 reduction and 60% increase in energy supply from RES compared with standard national practices.
Christion Cornips, Weller
+31 (0) 45 404 86 00