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In the first demonstration site in Heerlen, flooded mine galleries act as a renewable heat source and provide a total of 500,000 m² floor area connected to a low temperature district heating and cooling network.

The Heerlen system, operated by Mijnwater BV, consists of two hot wells in the northern part (water with approx. 28°C) and two cold wells in the southern part (approx. 16°C). A fifth well in the middle is used to re-inject the used water with intermediate temperatures between 20-24°C. The backbone of the system is a pipe structure with a length of about 7,800 meters, which connects all wells. It was originally used as the production source, supplying heat and cold for a number of low-energy buildings by means of this backbone network.

In 2013, the network has been gradually transformed into an intelligent DHC network, the so-called “Mine Water 2.0” project. All buildings are connected to local cluster networks. The ambition is to make these clusters energy self-sufficient by energy exchange between buildings and energy storage. Since energy is transported over shorter distances, this results in lower distribution losses. Also, energy exchange with the backbone grid that supports the clusters is minimized. This is vital because the capacity of the underground system is limited. In this way, more clusters and thus more buildings can be connected to the backbone mine water system. As a result, expansion of the network becomes possible. However, for fully deploying this system, an automated and smart control system is necessary.

This is where the STORM project comes in.

Latest developments

For the heating season 2016/2017, the Heerlen demo site has been connected to the STORM controller.

1st Phase: Implementation

A simulation environment was build for the case of the Mijnwater demo site, based on the one already developed for Rottne. Heerlen is complex, containing heat and cold delivery and energy exchange, possible flow in pipes in two directions, heat pumps in buildings and the integration of storage systems. Hence, the piping model needed to be adapted and the building model adjusted.

In the first phase of implementation of the STORM controller, cluster A is connected and tested from heating season 2016-2017 onwards (winter and summer). The most important buildings that are connected to clusternetwork A are APG (office and datacentre), Arcus (school-complex), MAB (multifunctional accommodation) and RABO (office). All customers have their own building management system (BMS). The Mijnwater system is controlled by a PRIVA system through which system data is logged and stored. The greatest challenge is to get both systems to communicate with each other in order to read and write data. In most cases, adjustments to the BMS and needed for which external parties must be enabled through the building owners.

Buildings connected to cluster A of the Heerlen demo site

2nd phase: Verifying results and testing

From the last cooling season on, business-as-usual-data was gathered and stored to be used as verification for the results of the upcoming testing period of the STORM-controller. In the second phase of development of the STORM controller, the interaction between all clusters (e.g. the whole Mijnwater system) will be monitored and tested.

Mijnwater has high expectations of the results that can be achieved by predicting the future energy-need of buildings within the cluster, especially where storage is implemented.

Visit the Mijnwater website to get more insights on the company: www.mijnwater.com 

Franchise

 

If you are looking for a second source of income, you have just made a step in the right direction for a stable profit and socially demanded business. At Astoria, offer you transparent and long term conditions which are constructed to suite your interests. We ask you to send us your requirements to our representatives.

Q: How Can I Open an Astoria restaurant?
Astoria is actively seeking highly qualified restaurant investors and operators to become franchisees and partners. We are looking for investors with prior restaurant experience, sufficient financial resources. Knowledge and connections with the community of your area are important factors in our selection process.

Q: What are the financial requirements to open an Astoria restaurant?
The initial cost of building an Astoria restaurant ranges from $150,000 – $250,000. This includes construction, furniture, fixtures, equipment, legal fees, working capital and other expenses. Part of this investment is the initial franchise fee, which is $25,000. The total cost of each restaurant varies by size and location.

Q: What are the qualifications to become an Astoria franchisee?
Individuals or groups are required to show a minimum of $200,000 in liquid assets per store, (e.g., Cash, marketable securities, stocks) combined with an overall net worth of $300,000 per store to qualify. In addition, we are looking for individuals or groups for territory development rights in any part of the United States. You must have the resources necessary to develop a territory and the financial requirements are based upon the number of restaurants in your area.

Q: How long does it take to open an Astoria restaurant?
Based on our experience each location is different and depends on a variety of factors including site selection, construction, permissions and training. It typically takes approximately 5-7 months from signing the franchise agreement to opening day. However, as you gain experience, the development time should be reduced for other units.

 Q: What kind of training can I expect as a franchisee?
The franchise group’s control person and all management participate in a 5 weeks training program at the Astoria Training Center located in Dallas, Texas. Additionally, we provide an opening training team to provide on-site pre-opening and opening training, supervision and assistance to you for a minimum of 2 weeks. Once completed, franchisees receive regular updates to their training, including on-site visits and operation reviews.

Q: What are the site requirements for an Astoria restaurant?
Restaurants are 15,000-2,000 square feet. Prime locations that have excellent visibility and easy access are most desirable. In addition, sites should be located in high traffic areas with above-average daytime and residential demographics.

Q: How much can I make as an Astoria franchisee?
Net Profit can vary a lot depending on a number of factors such as the business skills and drive of the franchisee, market conditions, the local economy and the quality and makeup of a particular shopping center or mall. You will have a chance to speak with our current Astoria Franchisee and learn from their experiences with the business.

Q: Once I become a franchisee, will I be operating myself?
No, in addition to the initial training programs, we provide ongoing support through our Operations Manual, SOPs and direct access to a Franchise Business Development Manager who is experienced in all aspects of Astoria restaurant operations and management. In addition, our online portal provides the most current information and updates that are important to your daily operations.

Q: What are the average unit sales volumes of an Astoria restaurant?
2014 average unit volumes for Astoria stores open longer than a year is $1 million.

Q: What is the term of the franchise agreement?
The initial term of your Astoria franchise agreement is 5 years.

Q: What is the availability for opportunities in my area?
Due to the overwhelming amount of interest in Astoria franchises, we are only accepting applications from the best investors and operators in the cities. Currently, we are evaluating many new cities throughout the U.S. Contact our Franchise Development Department for availability in your City.

 

 

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