Amsterdam is transforming a former industrial neighbourhood into a low-carbon, smart Positive Energy District with mixed uses. In this district, new energy efficient buildings are being built, a high share of RES generating solutions is installed and smart technology is deployed for optimising local energy balance and sharing between different users. In Amsterdam, far-reaching smart urban solutions are facilitated through a special derogation from Dutch energy laws, exempting the PED from a number of potential legal obstacles that could otherwise hamper or even forbid the development of an innovative efficient energy system. This derogation enables those to whom it is granted to experiment with highly innovative solutions, such as the ‘Local Energy Market Platform’, that enables energy communities to efficiently exchange electricity and balance the local energy system.

Inhabitants are involved in the design of the environment (e.g. the car sharing facilities) and evaluations of the various demonstrators.

In Amsterdam Buiksloterham, the following smart urban solutions will be deployed to create the PED:

  • Green roofs and recycled materials will be used in the new building blocks Poppies and Republica
  • Large scale production of local renewable energy
  • A smart microgrid will be deployed in building blocks Republica (16,000 m2) and Poppies (6,000 m2) based on the experience with smart microgrids at the Ceuvel and Schoonschip (
    • The micro grids will be used to simultaneously control production, storage and use of electricity.
    • Through demand response, the load on the public grid can be managed (congestion management) and peak loads can be avoided (peak shaving)
    • The micro grid also enables local storage of Renewable Energy production to prevent curtailment
  • An Energy Market Platform will allow residents and other users to trade peer-to-peer, community-to-community or with the wholesale energy markets.
  • An energy community will be set up
  • The PED will integrate an e-mobility hub for 5-10 electric cars, as well as facilities for charging electric bikes and specific urban vehicles.
  • A local waste stream treatment station for utilizing organic waste to produce biogas is realized, but needs a level of waste supply that is currently not yet met

The PED buildings

Learn more about our two new building complexes which are the core of Amsterdam’s Positive Energy District:





Local partners are:


Kim Nathalia

City of Amsterdam