The hydroelectric power plant Dommelstroom at the weir in the river the Dommel near Sint-Michielgestel produces green energy for approximately 160 households. Annually 250 billion litres of water drop 1,80 metres at this weir. The generated waterpower puts a huge turbine in motion that produces the green electricity (650.000 kWh on a yearly basis). Dommelstroom is the first cooperative hydroelectric power plant in the Netherlands and was created by a citizen’s initiative, led by Jan and Bram Taks. The project is funded mainly via crowdfunding and the 500+ participants who have invested are now the co-owners of the power plant.
At Nextview we like to put our expertise to good use, so we decided to develop a mobile application to support this local initiative for free. An app that supports a beautiful cause, and at the same time has a positive impact on the local community.
The idea is the Dommelstroom app, that provides participants insights into the status and the output of their own hydroelectric power, at any time of the day. Bram Taks, one of the initiators says, “By offering insights into how much power is generated and how much one consumes, we hope to make people more aware of the energy they use.”
At the power plant, sensors are installed to collect data on the SAP HANA Cloud platform using IoT technology. This information is presented through a user-friendly app to offer real-time insight.
The app was launched during the official opening of the power plant when it was officially declared running to produce energy for over a 100 households. It was shown to more than 500 people on big screens next to the power plant.
The Dommesltroom app is available for iOS and Android and can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play and App store (also available for non-participants).