The earth as thermos flask
Using our geothermal exchange system, we can store energy surpluses deep in the earth for the next season. The earth acts as a kind of thermos flask. The geothermal exchange system stores a surplus of cold in a watery layer in the earth and can be used in the summer for cooling. Conversely, we can store heat for heating in the winter. Pumps are used to drive the stored energy into the earth and back up again.
March 2010 saw the completion of TransPort, a sustainable building at Schiphol East that houses the head offices of KLM subsidiaries Transavia and Martinair. Around 1,100 m2 of solar panels supply 30% of the building’s electricity, a greywater system cuts water consumption by 40%, and the interior features a host of sustainable materials and bamboo fixtures.
The TransPort building meets guidelines laid down in the BREEAM-NL, a measuring instrument devised by the Dutch Green Building Council. Furthermore, TransPort is the first building in Europe that complies with criteria for Platinum LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).