Brainport Industries Campus (BIC) is not connected to the gas grid. This is not necessary thanks to solar panels and heat pumps from ENGIE, among other things.
Through BIC Utility B.V., the company is not only the supplier of all utilities on the campus but will also actively support the established companies in the field of sustainability.
ENGIE founded BIC Utility B.V. together with BOM Renewable Energy (formerly Energiefonds Brabant). Within BIC Utility, ENGIE provides all the utilities for the campus and occupies the building units H3 and H4 and part of the logistics zone at BIC as a tenant; in total almost a thousand square metres. “From there, some ten to fifteen employees will supply all data and utilities (cooling, heating, electricity, water) for the entire campus,” explains Ruud Vleugels, Commercial Director of ENGIE Services Zuid. “We are also responsible for providing the more specialised services for the production processes such as compressed air, demineralised water, nitrogen and vacuum.”
“The great thing is that sustainability comes first,” says Ferdinand Gremmen of SDK Vastgoed, on behalf of VOF BIC. “The campus not only offers the facilities of the future in terms of production processes but also in terms of sustainability.” ENGIE achieves this by working with sustainable energy generation, including heat and cold storage (CHP), heat pumps and 8,800 solar panels. Wings: “With this working method, we are proving that working without a gas connection is already possible because BIC is 100 per cent gas-free. Everyone talks about it, but we just do it for real.”
From 1 March 2019, ENGIE will also rent 293 square metres of office space at Brainport Industries Campus. “From there, with some 25 employees, we will actively support the established companies in the field of sustainability”, Vleugels explains. “In this way, we will subject all tenants’ processes to further analysis within one to two years. For example, if a tenant generates a lot of residual heat, this heat can be captured and transferred via the distribution network of Brainport Industries Campus to another tenant who actually needs extra heat.