District heating network modelling project launched

Date: 26 October 2017

A European project which launched this week aims to make district heating network planning faster, more efficient and more cost-effective, its developers said.

THERMOS (Thermal Energy Resource Modelling and Optimization System) is an EU Horizon 2020-funded research project which aims to provide advanced energy system data and models through open-source software.

The ultimate goal of the project is to accelerate the development of new low-carbon heating and cooling systems across Europe, and to enable faster upgrade, refurbishment, and expansion of existing systems.

The project will run until September 2019 and its partners include universities, local authorities, energy firms and environment agencies from the UK, Spain, Poland, Latvia, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, and Romania.

While the software is still under development, the eventual plan is to develop a state-of-the-art modelling methodology for address-level energy system maps; use it to produce a set of maps for four pilot cities; create modelling algorithms for analyzing the maps in order to support planners in decision-making; and publish the software for free use by local authorities or other interested parties.

The pilot cities will be Granollers in Catalonia, Spain; Jelgava in Latvia; Warsaw in Poland, and the London borough of Islington in the UK.

Source: Decentralised Energy