October 2016 to January 2020
Description / Objectives:
Public authorities face the lack of appropriate easy-to-use tools which could support them in the definition, simulation and evaluation of suitable strategies for sustainable heating and cooling. These strategies can be challenging, since they should be tailored to local conditions for achieving the ambitious targets set-up in their local plans. PLANHEAT filled this gap.
PLANHEAT’s main objective was to develop and validate real case scenarios in an integrated and easy-to-use tool which supports local authorities in selecting, simulating and comparing alternative low carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling.
Results / Final version of tool:
The PLANHEAT tool is a QGIS (Quantum Geographic Information System) plug-in based on an open-source code that can analyse, plan and simulate low-carbon heating and cooling scenarios to support EU public authorities in updating and developing sustainable energy plans. It comprises three open-source modules, the mapping module, the planning module and the simulation module, which can be operated via the integrated tool or used individually.
The PLANHEAT integrated tool was designed to support local authorities in:
- mapping the potential of locally available low-carbon energy sources
- mapping the forecasted demand for heating and cooling
- defining and simulating alternative environmentally friendly scenarios
- understanding the interactions of these new scenarios with the existing infrastructures and networks
- identifying potential for further extension and upgrade of district heating and cooling networks
- evaluating the benefits in terms of energetic, economic and environmental gains.
PLANHEAT cities Antwerp (Belgium), Lecce (Italy) and Velika Gorica (Croatia) supported the consortium in the design and validation of the PLANHEAT integrated tool, making up an interesting mix of different climate conditions, availability of input data as well as representing different development stages in the planning and development of the next generation heating and cooling system.
Coordinator: RINA CONSULTING SPA (Italy)
Participants: TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT (Netherlands), SVEUCILISTE U ZAGREBU, FAKULTET STROJARSTVA I BRODOGRADNJE (Croatia), ETHNIKO ASTEROSKOPEIO ATHINON (Greece), VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V. (Belgium), FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION (Spain), STAD ANTWERPEN (Belgium), GRAD VELIKA GORICA (Croatia), REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE -REC (Hungary), EUROHEAT & POWER (Belgium), CITTA DI LECCE*COMUNE DI LECCE (Italy), GEONARDO ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIESLTD (Hungary), ARTELYS (France)
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme