How does geothermal energy work, how hot is the pumped-up water, and what technology is needed for it? These are some of the questions asked by more than 200 visitors during Trias Westland's Open Energy Day. The day took place on the third Saturday of September.
Tour of the wells
Trias Westland's geothermal experts gave a tour along large information boards, the wells (the two doublets), and the filter and pump room to groups of visitors of sometimes as many as 30 people. Among other things, the tour guides spoke about how geothermal heat works, the technology behind the heat supply, drilling for geothermal heat, the subsoil in the Westland, and the path the heat takes from the source to the various growers in Naaldwijk and its surroundings.
Interested parties, including Westlanders, growers, local residents projects, colleagues, and job seekers, visited.
Much interest in geothermal heat
Interested parties, including local residents, growers, and sector organizations, came to see how Trias Westland pumps heat deep from the earth to provide more than 275 hectares of horticulture, the world's largest flower auction, and eventually 345 homes with sustainable heat.
Working at HVC
There was also the opportunity for visitors with a technical background to talk to HVC's recruiters for a possible transition to a job in geothermal heat.
Total number of visitors Open Energy Day
The Open Energy Day is part of the national campaign "Daar krijg je energie van" (That gives you energy) by the Dutch Sustainable Energy Association (NVDE). Nationwide, a total of over 7,000 visitors came to see the 64 energy projects. "Involvement of citizens is vital because together we are on our way in this transition to a sustainable energy supply," said Olof van der Gaag, chairman of NVDE.
Besides Trias Westland, other greenhouse horticulture locations also participated in the day, which attracted a total of over 7,000 visitors.
Source: Trias Westland/NVDE