The Strategic Research Agenda for DHC and Thermal Energy Storage Technologies

The research document, prepared by the DHC and TES technology panel, outlines the research priorities for the sector and complements the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the RHC-ETIP, that was published in 2020. The research actions outlined cover a seven-year time period, from 2021-2027.

Research and Innovation are the two cornerstones for the further development of DHC and TES and their market uptake. A new generation of low-temperature networks and storage technologies will drive the decarbonisation of the European heating and cooling sector, and the wider economy.

This document outlines the current state of the art for these technologies and details Key Performance Indicators for the research actions during the specified time period as well as the wider sector. The research actions are grouped under the following topics:

  • Waste Heat
  • District Cooling
  • Low Temperature District Heating and Cooling
  • Energy System Integration
  • Digitalisation
  • Thermal Energy Storage

For each topic, the status of current research is described. The final section of the document details a plan for the implementation of the research actions, including the required budget, financing issues and available funding instruments.


Click here to download the RHC DHC SRIA