This article has been published in CORDIS – EU Research Results: “Results in Brief”
Integrated tool helps local government draw up district heating networks
Public bodies currently face a lack of appropriate easy-to-use tools to support them in the definition, simulation and evaluation of suitable strategies for sustainable heating and cooling tailored to local conditions for achieving the ambitious targets set up in their local plans.
The EU-funded Planheat project addressed this challenge by developing and validating in real case scenarios an integrated and easy-to-use tool that helps local authorities select, simulate and compare alternative low-carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling. “The tool includes the integration of alternative supply solutions from a panel of advanced key technologies for the new heating and cooling supply that can balance the forecasted demand,” reports project coordinator Stefano Barberis. The Planheat tool is a QGIS 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,” Barberis explains.