Smart district heating and cooling grids - demand

District heating and cooling grids cover the generation and distribution of thermal energy in district networks. Smart district heating and cooling grids aim to improve the management of energy demand. Such networks are optimised through the use of new technologies including heat meters and heat substations (heat exchangers). New energy control functions of substations include monitoring and control via the internet or digital radio. At the consumer end, in hot water and radiator systems, new devices such as variable-speed radiator pumps may be required.

These systems, supplying predominantly residential buildings and districts, are able to de-couple fluctuations in the heat demand of buildings from the network conditions – in other words, they smooth demand peaks – without perceptible changes in comfort. This allows the network’s heat demand to be stabilised, energy efficiency to be improved, and heat (or cooling) loss in the supply network to be reduced by up to 20%.




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

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

PITAGORAS

The PITAGORAS project focuses on the efficient integration of city districts with industrial parks through smart thermal grids. Technologies and concepts for low and medium temperature waste heat recovery, considering as well integration with renewable energy sources (RES), and heat (and power)... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 2- Large scale systems for urban area heating and/or cooling supply
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Energy System Integration, SCIS Clusters : Large Scale Energy Systems – Heating & Cooling

CITyFiED

The CITyFiED project aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and... Continue reading
Funding programme : FP7, Funding programme : 4- Demonstration of optimised energy systems for high performance-energy districts.
SCIS Clusters : Demonstration projects, SCIS Clusters : Sustainable energy solutions on district level, SCIS Clusters : Optimisation of energy systems for high-efficiency districts