It has been estimated that there is more heat wasted during electricity production in Europe than is required to heat all buildings in the continent.
The potential for improvements in the heating sector is huge and that means that by collecting the vast quantities of waste heat from industries and electricity production it is possible to distributing it.
If smart district heating grids are used, it would be possible to save all of the natural gas currently used for heating buildings in Europe, which would result not only in monetary savings, but also in considerable CO2 emissions reductions.
The baseline energy system models for 2015 and 2050 of the 14 EU countries participating in HRE are now available. The models for the EnergyPLAN tool will be the point of departure in the development of the Heat Roadmap scenarios and serve as reference when assessing the possible impact of these scenarios.
The newest iteration of the 4th Pan-European Thermal Atlas, Peta 4.2, represents a significant update with even more valuable information on 90% of the EU’s total heat market.
Expanding Peta to 10 key layers allows 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 viable urban solutions.
Peta 4.2, which is freely accessible, supplies a range of useful inputs for energy planning and developing those conditions necessary for driving the decarbonisation of heating and cooling across Europe.
For more information, read and watch the video here, you can read the user manual to uncover even more or if you prefer jump right in and explore Peta 4.2 yourself to discover all its advantages!
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.