Alderman Kees Gommeren and Maurice Remery of Steenbergen municipality were on a company visit to tomato grower RedStar and waste processing company PreZero Netherlands on Thursday, 16 March. This took place as part of the Osiris heat network, which is now in the research phase.
Burning non-recyclable waste releases a lot of heat and CO2. In the Osiris heat network, this heat is captured, and the CO2 is purified to provide heat and CO2 to the two greenhouse areas in the municipality. Thus, the heat and CO2 are thus reused.
Councillor Maurice Remery: "We are very proud of this project which is now in full preparation. It is potentially the largest project in the Netherlands where heat and CO2 are reused for greenhouse horticulture. A new and innovative way of increasing sustainability. When you see how much energy is put into these companies, this is a huge step in the energy transition that the municipality of Steenbergen is fully committed to."
Councillor Kees Gommeren: "This is also an important step for the glasshouse horticultural businesses towards the goal of being climate-neutral, and it will be possible for consumers to enjoy fruit and vegetables grown in a responsible manner. In addition, these farms will soon be less dependent on fluctuating energy prices."
With a positive outcome of the research phase, supplying heat and CO2 to greenhouse horticulture could begin in 2027. Last summer, it was announced that the project could count on an SDE++ subsidy.
Source: Municipality of Steenbergen