The first integrated version of the PLANHEAT tool, including all three modules is available for download!
After more than three years of development, the PLANHEAT tool is ready to be used by cities and companies working with cities on their heating and cooling plans. It supports your city to find decarbonising pathways for its heating and cooling system by showing economically feasible scenarios.
The tool is made up of three open source, easy-to-use IT modules – the mapping module, the planning module, the simulation module – and a KPI panel. It allows the visualisation and mapping of results, the visualisation of the scenarios selected with the planning tool, and the visualisation of results coming from the simulations.
The PLANHEAT Tool is Q-GIS plug-in, based on an open-source code, whose goal is to analyse, plan and simulate low carbon H&C scenarios. The user is guided by a step-by-step procedure that, starting from the assessment of the local heating and cooling demand and potential sources, conducts the end-user through the whole planning process towards the simulation of future low carbon scenarios. The PLANHEAT tool is not a H&C/RES Sources mapping only tool, neither an optimisation tool, nor a simulation-only tool. It is an integrated tool that is able to facilitate heating and cooling scenario creation and simulation.
Furthermore, thanks to its city and district approach, PLANHEAT tool can be used both for policy decisions and master planning oriented activities (that also require less data – City Approach) as well as for pre-feasibility study simulation of potential interventions in some city specific areas (District Approach).
It’s therefore a flexible and modular tool, that can be also used in a “partial way”, thus using single modules of the tool and/or giving the opportunity to the end-user to use the tool at different moments of the strategic planning process of the city. You can always import and export scenarios and load partial results. In this way, the end user can save at the end of each step (DMM or CMM/SMM/DPM) the results of its work in order to keep on working on it in at a later stage.