Suddenly we see everywhere: square stone transformer houses. It seems like there are more every day. That may be a bit exaggerated, but it is true that more and more transformer houses are being added. Grid operator Stedin explains why:

A transformer house or transformer house in your street looks not always chic. For example in the Wilhelminastraat in Bezuidenhout. But the houses are necessary.

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New transformer house. Photo Stedin


We are all working more and more sustainably. More and more people are taking solar panels or heat pumps. We cook electrically more often and drive electric cars. “All those devices require or produce much more electricity, which is why we are expanding the capacity of the grid. This requires more cables and therefore also transformer houses”, explains David Peters of Stedin.

This is what happens in a transformer house:

In a transformer house, medium voltage is converted to high voltage so that it can be used in the house. The high voltage is also needed to charge nearby electric cars. Such a house is also needed for transporting sustainable electricity from solar panels.


Then you might think, do they just put those houses everywhere? “No, not all places are equally suitable”, says the Stedin spokesperson. “Such a house, for example, should be located on the public road in a central location in the neighbourhood. In addition, Stedin technicians must be able to reach them easily for work or a malfunction.”

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