Entrepreneurs at the Flight Forum business park and Eindhoven Airport are joining forces to establish a local energy trading platform. Eindhoven Airport, Fasterix, Van Acht Koel & Vriesopslag, and Valid are joining the initiative of Flight Forum and the municipality of Eindhoven to work on a smart energy network.
On Friday, February 25th, the parties signed an intention declaration. The goal is to set up a local energy trading platform for all entrepreneurs at Flight Forum, Eindhoven Airport, the intervening business park, and BIC. The connected parties can trade energy among themselves (i.e., supply energy from their own generation or purchase it) and trade with the market without the intervention of an energy supplier. This offers financial benefits and promotes the installation of solar panels, which contributes to sustainability. In addition, the platform provides insight into the energy consumption and supply of the participants. This can help take the first steps towards preventing network overload, a problem that many business parks face. Flight Forum and the municipality of Eindhoven aim to address this issue through this collaboration. With this intention declaration, the realization of a local energy community is a fact. If it turns out after the summer that an energy trading platform is of value to potential participants, more companies can join.
Flight Forum and the municipality of Eindhoven monitor the innovations related to the energy trading platform. They also contribute to the application for a European Interreg subsidy intended for business parks in Brabant and Flanders. The Brabant Development Company (BOM) is leading this effort. The subsidy is intended to find answers to questions such as: How can we connect devices to the energy trading platform and use them to balance supply and demand in the area? How can this be scaled up? Flight Forum is an exemplary location in the Brainport region for further innovation in the field of an energy platform.
The launch of an energy trading platform contributes to the ambition in the ‘Eindhoven Airport District Area Vision’ to be energy-neutral by 2040.