Our ongoing EU-funded projects keep bringing remarkable results…
The year 2017 marked the midway point of four EU research projects with the participation of DHC+.
During 2017, the STORM project launched the second version of the smart DHC network controller, which incorporates a more advanced version of the Planner while also seeing upgrades for both the Forecaster and Tracker. The demo sites were updated with the new version of the controller and first training workshops on digitalisation took place. The project was also successfully featured at the Euroheat & Power Congress in Glasgow and at the International DHC+ Summer School in EnergyVille.
The SDHp2m project conducted a survey, best practices and stakeholder consultation in 3 focus regions Thuringia (DE), Styria (AT) and Rhone-Alpes (FR) and in 6 follower regions from BG, DE, IT, PL, SE. The key approach of the project is to develop, improve and implement in these EU regions advanced policies and support measures for solar district heating. The implementation activities due to start next year will aim at a direct mobilisation of investments in SDH and hence a significant market rollout.
2017 found the Heat Roadmap Europe 4 project partners working hard on state-of-the-art data, tools and methods of heating and cooling as part of a renewable energy system. Many of the latest results are now available on the project website and being disseminated at various events all across Europe. The most important outcome of this year is the updated Pan-European Thermal Atlas (Peta4) allowing the prioritisation of heat synergy regions, a discovery of alternative sources (i.e. excess heat and renewable energy sources), the identification of both heating and cooling demands and even indications for infrastructural costs to implement district heating and cooling. DHC+ was honoured to organise a workshop in Brussels to publicly launch Peta4 and present an in-depth profile of the heating and cooling sector.
The PLANHEAT project held two successful launching events with more than 100 attendees in Krakow and in Brussels. Furthermore all the project partners strongly committed themselves to involving cities in the project and invited EU cities to become a PLANHEAT City. Based on this collaboration, the global structure of the PLANHEAT tool and the functionalities of each module have been defined, as well as the PLANHEAT e-learning platform and training sessions were launched. Now it’s time to realise the tool and make cities all around Europe make use of it!