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A smart campus just outside Amsterdam will provide mass electric-vehicle charging and enable a ban on fossil fuel engines by 2030. Watch to find out how digital enterprises are coming together to reimagine the future of last-mile logistics.
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s busiest cities. But over the years, it has become clogged
by heavy traffic, and its air pollution is amongst the worst in the Netherlands.
City legislators have set out to change that.
The city of Amsterdam is going to ban all fossil-fuel cars starting from 2025,
and that means logistics need to find a solution to that.
The obvious solution is electric vehicles, but the challenge here – and across the world – is
that the infrastructure to support wide adoption of these engines is lacking.
The City Logistics Innovation Campus is hoping to address that.
CLIC is developed close to Amsterdam, between the airport and the city.
It is meant to make city logistics emission-free.
We are building a campus where goods will be delivered to, and then they will be taken
from fossil-fuel trucks into e-mobility trucks that will bring the stuff into the city.
But the project requires a lot of electricity, electricity that cannot
be provided by the country’s grids. So balancing the tool is then a big
challenge and that is where Essent comes in and says, we can help you reduce the
capacity you need from the public network, but still go ahead with the development and
make a fossil-fuel-free future possible. And that is what we have actually managed to
do by use of intelligence, by use of digital technology.
Now jointly, with Infosys, we are seeking to understand how we can possibly even optimise that
digital layer, teaming up with them to see whether there is further optimization potential.
It’s the complexity of millions of data points getting connected to an energy network.
They are all to be managed. There are smart cities. There are smart campuses that are
smart workspaces. And all of that has to be managed in a very real time fashion.
So that’s where the smart-energy management systems come into picture.
We actually introduced a digital layer that allows us to steer across energy vectors.
So that means thermal and power are optimised and basically across these different components
to make the needed capacity from the grid work as low as possible
and still be as efficient as possible.
Amsterdam is known for its green credentials. It has embraced an economic model
known as ‘the doughnut’. The inner ‘social foundation’’
is to ensure people’s basic needs are met, and the outer ‘ecological ceiling’ to ensure
humanity lives within the means of the planet’s limited resources.
In between is the sweet spot of social and environmental harmony.
Amsterdam is spearheading here but it will have to happen in all big cities in The Netherlands
and in Europe and beyond Europe, even.
We want to make sure that the aspects of design thinking are used to reimagine
the future of energy networks, the energy models of the future.
And that’s where AI, ML, IOT deployment, deployment of 5G technologies is going to
play a big role in creating this new, digitised energy network.
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