Shaping the framework for research and innovation of the future
The DHC+ Technology Platform unites research actors in the field of DHC, from academia, institutes and industry, with those from related sectors and EU policy-makers. The Platform acts as an innovation hub, fostering the development of ambitious, forward-looking and comprehensive research and innovation policies that support the transition towards a low-carbon economy. Through communicating needs and barriers, successes and best practice cases, DHC+ helps secure funds and create a framework. As a result, this framework allows researchers and innovators in the field to contribute to a new generation of district heating and cooling, which is integrated into the wider energy and innovation system.
Setting priorities for technology development
Developed by the DHC+ members, the Vision towards 2020-2030-2050 and the Strategic Research Agenda for district heating and cooling present the technology development, which are believed to be important to achieve the aim of zero-carbon energy solutions by 2050.
Connecting with like-minded players
The RHC European Technology and Innovation Platform, supported by Horizon 2020, helps identify and promote research priorities for the renewable heating and cooling sector. DHC+ has been actively contributing to the work of the RHC Platform since 2011. The DHC+ Technology Platform acts now as secretariat of the Technology Panel on District Heating & Cooling and Thermal Storage as well as the Horizontal Working Group 100% Renewable Energy Districts.
DHC+ is Supporting Member of the European Forum of Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES). EUFORES is a European cross-party network of Members of Parliaments from the European Parliament as well as from the EU28 national and regional Parliaments. EUFORES core objective is the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. By being member of EUFORES, DHC+ places itself in the core of this innovative development.
Furthermore, DHC+ cooperates with CEN regarding the development of a standard for eco-efficient substations, works closely with the International Energy Agency Technology Collaboration Programme on DHC, EIT InnoEnergy and seeks to extend its network and deepen the cooperation with relevant partners in the field of research & innovation and energy.