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Horizon 2020 projects UgradeDH and KeepWarm have made upgrading of inefficient district heating system easier. New handbooks and training courses have been produced that will help operators of existing district heating systems understand the opportunities of improved energy efficiency and a transition to a sustainable energy system.
The KeepWarm project has trained over 500 district heating operators in Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Ukraine. The training courses were tailor-made for each country following an assessment of needs across 29 district heating operators. KeepWarm maintains a Learning Centre which offers free material on business models and funding, thermal planning tools, policy recommendations and case studies of best practice in district heating. The project is now supporting the operators to develop business plans for upgrades to their own district heating systems.
The UpgradeDH project has published a handbook that outlines opportunities for the energy efficient upgrading of district heating systmes. The handbook is aimed at decision makers, utilities and system operators, and is available in English, Danish, Italian, Lithuanian, Polish, Croatian and Bosnian.
Heating and hot water account for 79% of EU households’ final energy use, therefore action to upgrade old and inefficient district heating systems will make a significant contribution to Europe’s climate and energy goals.
Published on 30/09/2019
Munich, 03.07.2019. District Heating (DH) systems present a high potential for the transition of the heat sector, both technically and organizationally. They allow the integration of renewable energies, they serve to improve the overall energy efficiency and they facilitate sector coupling (coupling between heating, electricity and mobility). However, many DH systems need to be continuously upgraded so that they are efficient and have zero (or close to zero) emissions and thus, contribute to mitigate climate change.
DH systems are very individual with their own characteristics and upgrading processes can be very complex, time-consuming, and implying high investments. Hence, more than one year was needed to put all the knowledge of the Upgrade DH consortium partners on paper and to elaborate a handbook with the title “Upgrading the performance of district heating networks - Technical and non-technical approaches; A Handbook”.
Experiences from different European countries were used to describe the technical and non-technical approaches in DH upgrading processes. The handbook is available in English and 6 other languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Danish, Italian, Lithuanian, and Polish. In several countries, there is a lack of such information in national language and thus, the handbook presents a great opportunity to easily get into the topic of upgrading DH systems. The aim is to inform stakeholders such as decision makers, politicians, utilities, operators, end consumers, or potential developers of DH systems, about upgrading opportunities. Thereby, the ambition of the handbook is not to provide a detailed technical guideline for technicians, but rather to give an overview on upgrading options.
The second Progress Meeting of the Upgrade DH project will take place on 9-11 April in Bosnia Herzegovina.
The first Progress Meeting of the Upgrade DH project took place on 10-12 October 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Under the coordination of WIP, the consortium discussed about the first oucomes of the project and agreed on further steps.
3-4 May 2018: The Kick-off-meeting of the Upgrade DH project took place on 3-4 May 2018 in Munich, Germany. Under the coordination of WIP, the consortium planned the work programme for the upcoming three project years and focused on the work of the upcoming 6 months. The Kick-off-meeting is an internal meeting for the consortium only.