Nowadays, there is more heat wasted during electricity production in Europe than is required to heat all buildings in the continent. Therefore, there is a huge potential for improvements in the heating sector and that means that by collecting the vast quantities of waste heat from industries and electricity production, and distributing it with smart district heating grids, it would be possible to save all of the natural gas currently used for heating buildings in Europe. This would result not only in monetary savings, but also in considerable CO2 emissions reductions.
The Peta 4.1 contains a 100m resolution grid of the modelled heat demand in 2015, a layer showing city areas where district heating systems exist in these countries, as well as a database of modelled excess heat supply.
The updated version, Peta 4.2, which was launched on the 12th of September, during the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating, in Copenhagen, contains 10 layers in total, including the marginal cost of distribution capital.
The Heat Roadmap Europe 4 project is mapping and modelling the heating and energy systems of the 14 largest users of heat in the EU, to develop new policies at local, national, and EU level to ensure the uptake of efficient, sustainable and affordable heating and cooling solutions.
HRE4 plans to cover the 14 countries in the EU ranked largest by heat demand. With these 14 countries, we will cover 85-90% of the heating and cooling demands in Europe; this means our results are hugely relevant for the EU level.
Heat Roadmap Europe 4 Newsletter #4
HRE4 project published a new set of Facts and Figures of its latest scientific findings during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 (#EUSEW17). The brochure presents an in depth analysis of the current state of the heating and cooling sector, opening the door to what needs to be done to complete the transformation towards a low-carbon heating and cooling sector. It is based on work done by Fraunhofer ISI, TEP Energy, Utrecht University, and ARMINES in HRE4 WP3. The publication covers the details of the energy consumption sectors, challenges in decarbonisation and strides already made in renewable energies for heating and cooling. Read More.
Heat Roadmap Europe 4 Newsletter #3
HRE4 is coming towards the end of its first year and the first public results are being prepared to be launched at an open workshop in Brussels, in the beginning of March. In a step towards identifying the most economically feasible and technologically effective pathway to decarbonisation by 2050, Heat Roadmap Europe 4 will host a Workshop on March 7 in Brussels (Belgium). It will be a great opportunity to get the first package of insights for the 14 HRE countries, which together account for approximately 90% of total heating and cooling in Europe. Read More.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.