D2Grids project launch: Rolling out 5G District Heating & Cooling
D2GRIDS is an acronym for ‘demand driven grids’. This new Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) project, coordinated by Mijnwater Ltd., aims to upscale 5th generation District Heating and Cooling (5G DHC) grids across Europe. Five pilot sites in Paris-Saclay (FR), Bochum (GE), Brunssum (NL), Glasgow and Nottingham (UK) will develop 5G DHC grids. The 20 million EUR project is supported by Interreg funds, covering close to 60 % of the overall budget - 11,6 million euros. D2Grids first kick-off meeting, held in Heerlen, set the stage for three years of intense collaboration among European partners to roll out this proven technology.
What is 5G DHC ?
First developed in Heerlen by Mijnwater Ltd., and in contrary to conventional district heating, this thermal smart grid is based on low temperatures. By a cloud of decentralized heat pumps, located at end-user accommodation, energy is exchanged on the grid, and flows are induced through customer demands. The concept allows large scale utilization of low temperature waste heat, from data centers, supermarkets, industry, etc. The five partner pilot sites aim to connect ca. 50.000 m2 of dwellings and/or commercial buildings to a 5G DHC grid.
Mijnwater Ltd is lead partner of D2Grids project with Herman Eijdems as leading manager. Herman’s vision on 5G DHC : “The energy transition is the major challenge of this era; the 5G DHC concept, as such, is a powerful and affordable strategy to decarbonize building stocks in urban environment all over Europe. In the city of Heerlen we show proven technology and are eager to share our expertise and experiences to accelerate the developments in other areas.”
DHC+ member Nordic Heat brings extensive experience of installing and operating profitable district energy schemes to the D2Grids project. Their role is to support Nottingham City Council in developing the local technical and commercial 5GDHC design. In addition, Nordic Heat will contribute to the development of the renewable energy action plan for the East-Midlands region and support the council in the management and oversight of construction work.
Upscaling the technology - boosted by transnational cooperation - enables the consortium to raise the interest of the industry to develop the right products and reduce the costs by 10-20%. Another DHC+ member VITO/Energyville in Belgium is a key project partner for industrializing the 5G DHC concept and to evaluate results. In the Parkstad Limburg region Mijnwater cooperates with Weller Social Housing foundation in order to connect thousands of dwellings during their renovation process.
Moreover, the project will deliver plans to create further similar developments in Parkstad Limburg, North-East France, Flanders, the Ruhr-area, Scotland and East Midlands (UK). Dedicated education and training programs, will be set up by Open University, a partner in the project bringing in expertise on post-graduate and digital learning. The projects will eventually require investments of a scale likely to attract pension funds and other large investors. Asper Investment Management will develop an investment thesis around the technology and information materials to maximise the attractiveness of these projects to the investor community.
Commissioned by Mijnwater the application was successfully constructed by EUQuest in Heerlen and Grants Europe Consulting in Budapest.
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