Essent (part of E.ON) will be the energy partner of Amsterdam City Logistics Innovation Center (CLIC). Both parties’ ambition is to realize an integrated energy solution together at the edge of Amsterdam, including one of the largest and most innovative electric charging platforms for vans and trucks in the Netherlands. The platform should be good for as many as 30 million clean transport kilometers in the Amsterdam region annually through various intelligent solutions.
In addition to the physical and digital energy infrastructure, Essent will also supply the power for CLIC. The power consumed by CLIC will be generated entirely sustainably by wind and solar power. Furthermore, Essent’s new Energy Infrastructure Solutions unit will ensure that electricity, heat, and cold at CLIC is given the most outstanding possible efficiency by generating, storing, and smartly distributing the maximum amount of power to the buildings and vehicles into the city.
“We are delighted that Essent wants to build with us on this ambitious logistics project, the hotspot for urban logistics in Europe,” said Robert Kreeft, CLIC project manager. “With Essent on board, we can have advanced solutions to make CLIC’s energy system as sustainable as possible. We are also happy to have Essent as our power supplier because of its good track record in renewable energy.” That’s an innovative partnership.
Dutchman Patrick Lammers was recently CEO of Essent in the Netherlands and is now the European commercial director of E.OM. According to Patrick Lammers, these kinds of distribution centers are essential for the future: “I expect to do between 25 and 40 of these kinds of projects in the coming years in the Netherlands alone.” The concept already works in Lund, Sweden, and other projects are planned in Poland, England, Germany, and Italy.