HeatNet NWE: Transition strategies for delivering low carbon district heat


Project Summary

HeatNet will address the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in North West Europe by creating an integrated transnational NWE approach to the supply of renewable and low carbon heat (incl. waste heat) to residential and commercial buildings. District Heating and Cooling facilitates energy efficiency, less CO2 emissions and a greener economy. 

The project aims to develop and test 6 local district heating and cooling networks (DHC) in UK, Ireland, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.

Objectives

The overall objective is to introduce and demonstrate the 4th generation DHC (4DHC) in NWE. This is a low-temperature distribution system that minimises heat loss, integrates energy storage and renewable energy sources, and supplies multiple low energy buildings.

The concept requires the development of new institutional and organizational frameworks.

The project will result in 15,000 t CO2e saved per annum at its end.

The main outputs are:

1. A transferrable HeatNet model for the implementation of 4DHC schemes in NWE;

2. Six living labs develop, test and demonstrate through investments the HeatNet model to make it robust;

3. Transition Roadmaps plan for roll out of new technical, institutional & organizational arrangements in 6 living labs (new roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, regulation & policies, spatial planning, business models & viability, connection to finance and markets, acceptance, etc);

4. Promotion and fostering of the HeatNet model in NWE  through Transition Roadmaps to secure wide and long term impact of HeatNet. The consortium combines emerging NWE-knowhow on 4DHC (Mijnwater BV, academic, energy planning) with the capacity in the long term to reduce institutional & organizational barriers and to deliver permanent infrastructure at local and regional level. Multiple partners expertise is diverse and needed to jointly develop and promote the HeatNet-model and assist 6 successful living labs at the investment sites.

Events

Save the date: "Remunicipalisation of the local energy supply" Workshop on 28th February - 1st March 2019

28-02-2019 - 01-03-2019, Ettlingen (Germany)

Inspired by remunicipalisation initiatives all over Europe, an increasing number of local authorities are expanding their role, no longer simply acting as planning authorities but becoming operational stakeholders and driving forces for the local energy transition. New integrated municipal companies are increasingly being set up. Read more

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News

CAP Construction and Mijnwater BV present 4th generation DHC to Wallonia’s municipalities

Posted on 03-12-2018

CAP Construction and Mijnwater BV were at a capacity building workshop for public authorities organised by the Federation of towns and municipalities of Wallonia on 30th November 2018. The main topic was the energy performance of buildings, but district heating and cooling networks were in the spotlight too. Indeed 4th generation district heating and cooling are one of the solutions to supply decarbonised energy to low consumption buildings. Mijnwater, the Living Lab of Heerlen city, was presented in details: the low-temperature distribution network is used to produce, exchange and store energy coming from geothermal source (mine water) and waste heat. This a fully automatically controlled and demand driven system integrating electricity renewable sources. This workshop targeted a regional audience, which is why French was used instead of English. Read more

Visit of the district heating network of Boulogne-sur-mer on 29th November 2018

Posted on 30-11-2018

The Centre of Resource on Sustainable Development, in cooperation with the City of Boulogne-sur-mer and Ecoliane, DHC company owned by Dalkia, organised a visit of the district heating network of the town on 29th November 2018. This was the occasion for municipalities’ representatives, professionals and citizens to discover this innovative infrastructure which produces 54% of its heat from renewable sources and waste heat (biomass, heat pumps, waste heat and biogas). The network delivers heat mainly to the residential sector (64%) and to the commercial and tertiary sector (36%). This study tour targeted a national audience, which is why French was used instead of English. Read more

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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
City of Dublin Energy Management Agency Ltd Declan McCormac The Loft Crown Alley, Templebar
Dublin
2
Ireland
dec.mccormac@codema.ie www.codema.ie
Name Contact Name Email Country
Plymouth City Council Jonathan Selman jonathan.selman@plymouth.gov.uk United Kingdom
CAP 2020 asbl Michel Heukmes michel.heukmes@cap2020.be Belgium
Stad Kortrijk Gerda Flo Gerda.flo@kortrijk.be Belgium
Intercommunale Leiedal Dominiek Vandewiele Dominiek.Vandewiele@leiedal.be Belgium
Energy Cities Peter SCHILKEN peter.schilken@energy-cities.eu France
Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer Hélène Evrard-Henon h.evrard@habitat-du-littoral.com France
Universiteit Gent Martijn van den Broeck martijn.vandenbroek@ugent.be Belgium
Hogeschool van Amsterdam Frank Suurenbroek f.suurenbroek@hva.nl Netherlands
Aberdeen City Council Amye Robinson lapaterson@aberdeencity.gov.uk United Kingdom
Mijnwater B.V. Herman Eijdems h.eijdems@mijnwater.com Netherlands
South Dublin County Council Eddie Conry econroy@sdcoco.ie Ireland
Centre d'études et d'expertise sur les risques, l'environnement, la mobilité et l'aménagement Sébastien Delhomelle Sebastien.delhomelle@cerema.fr France

News


CAP Construction and Mijnwater BV present 4th generation DHC to Wallonia’s municipalities

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CAP Construction and Mijnwater BV were at a capacity building workshop for public authorities organised by the Federation of towns and municipalities of Wallonia on 30th November 2018. The main topic was the energy performance of buildings, but district heating and cooling networks were in the spotlight too. Indeed 4th generation district heating and cooling are one of the solutions to supply decarbonised energy to low consumption buildings. Mijnwater, the Living Lab of Heerlen city, was presented in details: the low-temperature distribution network is used to produce, exchange and store energy coming from geothermal source (mine water) and waste heat. This a fully automatically controlled and demand driven system integrating electricity renewable sources. This workshop targeted a regional audience, which is why French was used instead of English. Read More

Visit of the district heating network of Boulogne-sur-mer on 29th November 2018

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The Centre of Resource on Sustainable Development, in cooperation with the City of Boulogne-sur-mer and Ecoliane, DHC company owned by Dalkia, organised a visit of the district heating network of the town on 29th November 2018. This was the occasion for municipalities’ representatives, professionals and citizens to discover this innovative infrastructure which produces 54% of its heat from renewable sources and waste heat (biomass, heat pumps, waste heat and biogas). The network delivers heat mainly to the residential sector (64%) and to the commercial and tertiary sector (36%). This study tour targeted a national audience, which is why French was used instead of English. Read More

Fostering District Heating and Cooling in European Cities – Policy recommendations from the HEATNET project

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You have probably heard about the advantages of District Heating and Cooling systems: they increase energy efficiency, reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the development of a greener economy. But what can be done to foster the supply of renewable and low carbon heat to our buildings? Our experts just released a set of recommendations for policy makers to promote District Heating and Cooling in North-West Europe! Read More


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