The Renewable Energy Area Collaboration Tool (REACT) has the ambition to partly replace expensive and time-consuming energy audits at business cluster level, making energy investment decisions more straight forward and therefore more likely.
REACT is an open-source, user-friendly tool to determine the optimal low carbon technology solutions for business clusters, exploiting potential energy synergies.
- The main target group for the tool are business clusters managers aiming to realise money savings and reduce their CO2 emissions.
- General (energy) data from the cluster and the individual business serve as input for the tool.
- As an output, REACT will offer high level advise on best suited energy solutions for your particular business cluster.
- The optimal configuration will be the result of a combination of technical, economical, financial, legal, spatial and organisational parameters.
REACT allows to create multiple simulations to discover the potential for renewable energy solutions on a business park. REACT needs data to be able to create these simulations. The scheme below shows the architecture of REACT on 4 levels:
- Business park level. REACT allows you to create multiple business parks.
- Company level. Every business park contains a number of businesses. Every business needs to be created separately in REACT.
- Process level. A business contains at least one process. In case there are multiple substantial energy consuming processes in one company, REACT allows to define these (e.g. production, logistics, offices).
- Simulations. REACT can generate multiple simulations for one business park. Make multiple selections of processes and businesses.
To keep the tool easy accessible and user-friendly, the required data inputs are kept to a minimum. Some data inputs are optional, e.g. when the data is (currently) not known. These inputs will then be derived from statistical datasets to estimate the energy consumption and profile. If detailed data is available, it is best to be filled in as to reduce the estimation variance.
Download the REACT tool manual here, or watch our video tutorials below
(available in English, Dutch and French)