Vattenfall to Build Europe’s Large E Boiler in Amsterdam
Vattenfall has been granted permit and Dutch SDE++ subsidy to build a 150 MW “Power-to-Heat” E-boiler at the company’s heat and power plant Diemen in Amsterdam. The final investment decision is scheduled for mid-2022, after the recently initiated tender has been completed. The E-boiler is believed to be the largest in Europe and can be put into use in 2024.
With the current expected deployment of the E-boiler, Vattenfall initially expects to be able to supply approximately 15% of the heat in the Amsterdam region with renewable wind and solar electricity. However, the number of hours that the E-boiler can run will increase in the coming years, given the growth in the number of wind and solar farms in the Netherlands. In 2019, Vattenfall commissioned a 120 MW e-boiler in Berlin which so far is the largest within the company.
The Dutch SDE++ scheme provides subsidies for the use of techniques for the generation of renewable energy and other CO2-reducing techniques. SDE++ subsidies are awarded over a period of 12 or 15 years, depending on technology. The E-boiler is similar to a 'kettle': the installation converts electricity into hot water, which can be supplied to households and companies or that can be stored in the already present heat buffer, a large 'thermal flask'