Biomass Heating Installation ‘De Purmer’

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The district heating company (Stadsverwarming Purmerend) in the city of Purmerend, the Netherlands, is a local, modern and renewable district heating company of which the municipality of Purmerend is the sole shareholder. As such, SVP is owned by and serves the inhabitants and businesses within the municipality of Purmerend. Around 26.000 buildings are connected to the district heating network. This covers 75% of the municipality of Purmerend.

The heat is produced in three facilities; the Biomass Heating Installation and two Auxiliary Heating plants. Additionally, SVP has two buffers. On the 13th of March 2015, the Biomass Heating Installation ‘De Purmer’ was officially opened by His Majesty the King of the Netherlands.

The needed biomass is secured with a long term supply contract with the Dutch forest authority, Staatsbosbeheer. The biomass is sourced from regular foresting of the forests, terrains and other wooded land by Staatsbosbeheer.

Wood energy is considered climate neutral. Trees absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) in wood. When using wood chips as fuel CO2 is released,  but contrary to burning fossil fuels, this is merely the CO2 that was absorbed from the atmosphere by the growing tree. The short cycle is complete, with no additional CO2 released. Fossil fuels however release CO2 that has been locked away for millennia.

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