Twente as basis
It is natural for Twence to view Twente as a basis. Twence is located in the heart of the technological and innovative knowledge region of Twente. We have grown for and through this region, and we are firmly anchored in it.
The waste that serves as our raw material and fuel is drawn from our own region, from other parts of the Netherlands, from Germany and from the United Kingdom. That means that we not only convert the regional waste streams into new energy, but also those from outside the region. The result is that parties ‘close to home’ can benefit from our green electricity.
The high energy efficiency of our plants makes it attractive for customers to choose Twence. Whether they want to process waste materials or biomass into energy and reusable streams, or to buy that energy and those reusable streams.
Twence belongs to and is for Twente. Twente municipalities hold more than 95 percent of the shares in the organisation. This gives them the ultimate instrument for achieving their objectives in renewable energy and for promoting a circular economy. At the same time, Twence also contributes significantly to long-term employment in Twente, both directly and indirectly, and to the development of Twente as a knowledge region.
Our steam and heat mean (new) clean activities. Our neighbour AkzoNobel saves the consumption of around 70 to 80 million m3 natural gas per year by using the steam from Twence for its salt production process. Thanks to the energy from Twence, Ennatuurlijk won a place in the top 3 of the most sustainable district heating networks in the Netherlands in 2016, for the district heating it manages in Enschede. Ennatuurlijk supplies our heat to 5,000 households and 200 businesses there. The future expansion of this network and the supply (from 2018) of heat from Twence’s green biomass power plant will make increased sustainability possible.
Twence is by far the largest renewable energy source in the Province of Overijssel. Nationally, we also occupy a leading position. In 2016, we generated enough electricity to cover the needs of 164,000 households. In addition, we produced heat and steam equivalent to the heat consumption of another 49,000 households.
That year’s energy production prevented the emission of approximately 344,000 tonnes of CO2, by avoiding the use of fossil fuels. For energy generation, we make use of waste and biomass that cannot be rendered suitable for reuse in any other way.
We work on many initiatives to make our region even more sustainable. Would you like to know more about our innovative projects? Click here: