District heating and cooling

District heating and cooling (DHC) is an integrative technology that can make significant contributions to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and air pollution while increasing energy security. A district heating network is a system that supplies the heat generated in a centralized plant to meet residential and commercial space and water heating requirements. A district heating scheme comprises a network of insulated pipes used to deliver heat, in the form of hot water or steam, from the point of generation to the end user.

District heating networks transport heat efficiently. Currently, they can be built in a distance of up to around 30 km from a generating plant and the distribution networks themselves can be hundreds of kilometres long. This is sufficient to distribute heat across cities, smaller communities and industrial areas. A network can easily be extended by simply adding more heat sources along the way. With respect to cooling, the DHC concept is implemented either through the distribution of chilled water or by using the district heating network to deliver heat for individual heat-driven chillers. DHC networks can distribute energy from various sources and integrate large scale storage while enabling the connection of several users, especially new buildings and refurbished buildings, with a decrease in the energy consumption of the district. 




List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

STORM

The STORM project tackles energy efficiency at district level by developing an innovative district heating & cooling (DHC) network controller. Based on self-learning algorithms, the developed controller will enable to maximize the use of waste heat and renewable energy sources in DHC networks.... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : EE 13 - 2014/2015: Technology for district heating and cooling
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy System Integration, SCIS Clusters : ICT based solutions for district heating & cooling

SMARTER TOGETHER

The European lighthouse cities Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France), the follower cities Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Venice (Italy), the observer cities Kiev (Ukraine) and Yokohama (Japan) come together to improve citizens’ quality of life. SMARTER TOGETHER... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : SCC 1 - 2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Smart Cities and Communities, SCIS Clusters : Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

SmartEnCity

SmartEnCity’s main objective is to develop a highly adaptable and replicable systemic approach towards urban transformation into sustainable, smart and resource-efficient urban environments in Europe. Through integrated planning and the implementation of measures aimed at improving energy... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : SCC 1 - 2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Smart Cities and Communities, SCIS Clusters : Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

REPLICATE

The REPLICATE project will generate smart city business models, and tailor-made solutions in the areas of energy, transport and ICT. There will be pilot actions in energy efficiency, efficient and sustainable transport and integrated infrastructures. The key to the project’s approach is in... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : SCC 1 - 2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Smart Cities and Communities, SCIS Clusters : Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

OPTi

The OPTi project aspires to create a long-lasting impact by rethinking the way district heating and cooling (DHC) systems are architected and controlled. The overarching goal is to create business benefit for the industry as well as to ensure optimal end-consumer satisfaction. OPTi will deliver... Continue reading
Funding programme : H2020, Funding programme : EE 13 - 2014/2015: Technology for district heating and cooling
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy System Integration, SCIS Clusters : ICT based solutions for district heating & cooling