• 16 Jul 2020

    Re-boo(s)t your local economy and make it circular with 4th generation district heating and cooling!


    The Interreg project HeatNet North West Europe (HeatNet NWE) developed useful resources to support the devlopment of modern district heating & cooling (DHC) network. 

    Despite the reduction of economic activities (and CO2 emissions) due to the pandemic, cities' energy needs for electricity and heating are still expected to grow and so are their issues with the management of waste and waste heat. Effective DHC systems are the natural solutions for cities, especially for Covenant of Mayors' signatories to deliver on their Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans!

    4th generation district heating and cooling systems (4DHC) provide a low-temperature distribution system that minimises heat loss, integrates energy storage from waste heat and renewable energy sources, and supplies multiple low energy buildings.

    HeatNet Logo no backgroundThe HeatNet NWE project, based on the experience of 6 pilot cities, developed detailed guidance to assist in setting up transition roadmaps for developers of such intelligent, yet complex systems.

    Covenant of Mayors' signatory Heerlen (The Netherlands) for instance, thanks to the Mijnwater project, uses its mines as a source of warm water, with heat pumps consuming only half the energy compared to other models. Heerlen already has an extensive and innovative DHC network. Through Mijnwater, the city can expand its network, connecting industries and homes in the Northen part of the city.

    The concept that involves water from mines is also an integral part of the energy transition strategy of Limburg Province. By this model, they do far more than reducing their CO2 emissions; they increase their security of supply by reducing fossil fuel imports and their energy bills, create local jobs, reduce air pollution and provide a better quality of life for their citizens.

    This also contributes to the Netherland’s climate commitments: their goals can be partly achieved by connecting some five million homes to such a thermal energy network in combination with heat pumps.

    Do you want to learn more about DHC?

    You can find all the resources on the HeatNet NWE portal (or on the project online guide) including:

    Policy recommendations,

    Guides for Public Sector Organisations and Energy Companies to develop District Heating in North-West Europe,

    Guide to Integrating 4DHC with Energy Efficiency Retrofitting,

    Procurement Guide for 4th Generation District Heating and Cooling,

    Heat mapping guide and Guide to energy management,

    Guide to Financing 4DHC.

    More information?

    - Presentations and recordings of the latest webinars of the project are available here

    - The final online conference of the HeatNet NWE project will take place on 15th September. Register and get first hand information directly from the project's pilot cities! You will also have an overview of the solutions developed by 6 other EU-funded projects.