November 15, 2001
Grundfos is striving to contribute to a better quality of life and a cleaner environment by developing, producing and selling high-quality pumps.
So it was only natural for the company to participate in the Living Tomorrow Amsterdam project – a future-oriented project intended to improve public awareness of the very latest technology and methods for making life more comfortable and worth living.
Living Tomorrow creates a vision of how people will live and work in the future - when today’s restraints no longer exist. The realization of this vision involves the interaction of ideas from participants in the project, i.e. leading businesses and prominent institutions and organizations. The aim is to gather advanced technologies under one roof in a Living Tomorrow complex, giving today’s visitors an insight into tomorrow’s world.
There is already a Belgian version of Living Tomorrow, and the Dutch project is using the futuristic house in Brussels as a model, but adapting it to the local environment. The Dutch complex is to be located close to Amsterdam Arena, and in addition to a house and office of the future, it will also house a reception area, auditorium, restaurant and gardens. Grundfos is taking part together with a number of other companies who are international frontrunners in their individual fields.
Grundfos pumps in futuristic house
The cooling and heating requirements of the Living Tomorrow Amsterdam project are handled by Grundfos UPE and TPE circulation pumps with integrated frequency transformers. Together with the new, large Magna circulation pump with permanent magnetic motor, they provide substantial energy savings and offer a more comfortable indoor climate, as temperature fluctuations are reduced to a minimum.
By using pumps with integrated frequency transformers in the house of the future’s sustainable energy installations, such as heat pumps and boiler installations with solar panels, it is possible to achieve optimum control of the indoor climate via heat sources with low temperatures in floors, walls and ceilings, etc. The pumps for the office of the future are connected to a network, allowing the system to be centrally regulated and monitored via a control system or a PC.
The performance of the drinking water supply is optimized through use of Grundfos CRE pumps with frequency transformers in a Hydro 2000 ME booster plant. The constant pressure from the pumps prevents the water pressure from dropping when one individual takes a shower while someone else has a faucet running.
Grundfos is a total supplier of pumps and pump systems, so it comes as no surprise to find that the sprinkler system and the wastewater pumps at the Living Tomorrow Amsterdam project also display the Grundfos logo. There are also plans to equip the building with a well and an electronically-regulated SQE submerged pump. The well will be used for alternate storage of hot and cold water – in summer cold water will be pumped up for cooling the building, and subsequently directed back down into the well and stored, to be used for heating in winter.
Living Tomorrow is a developing initiative, and it could well be that in addition to the aforementioned pumps, Grundfos may also supply pumps for water purification, a spa, or a fountain. Only time will tell – but Grundfos is already prepared!