As part of the HeatNet NWE project, Aberdeen City Council is completing a pilot project in the Torry district of Aberdeen. Read More
HeatNet NWE: Transition strategies for delivering low carbon district heat
HeatNet NWE 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.
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.
Discover the HeatNet NWE project in video!
Posted on 04-02-2020
In this video, you will discover the goals of the project, the issues to deliver low carbon heat and how the pilot projects have been developed. This video is available in Englis... Read more
How to develop DHC systems? HeatNet NWE online guide is out!
Posted on 28-05-2020
The website aggregates all the knowledge and experience generated in the past four years and offers technical guidance on DHC, but also easy to read documentation for non-expert au... Read more
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The CIBSE Journal published an article about the Plymouth 5th generation district heating and cooling (DHC) developed in the framework of the HeatNet NWE project. Read More
The HeatNet project published a new guide, to support energy companies willing to develop district heating network in North-West Europe! Read More
Inspired by remunicipalisation initiatives all over Europe, an increasing number of local authorities are expanding their role, not just by acting as planners but by operating their own companies and driving the local energy transition. Why is this trend happening? And how can a city set up its own company to supply electricity, gas, heating and cooling? The EU funded projects HeatNet NWE and mPower organised a workshop in Ettlingen (Germany) to answer these questions. Indeed local energy companies can be a powerful driver to develop 4th generation district heating and cooling as the HeatNet NWE partner Mijnwater shows it. Read More
A new guide on developing district heating in North-West Europe has just been released! Available in Dutch and English (French coming soon)! Read More
On 14th and 15th March HeatNet NWE partners met in Plymouth, UK. What an opportunity to give you an overview of the progress of the pilot projects! Read More
The HeatNet NWE partner of Leiedal made a transition roadmap for the South-West Flanders region to research which kind of efforts are needed to make the region energy neutral and to further develop district heating in South-West Flanders. This transition roadmap for the region is a very useful exercise and during a workshop week a team of experts applied it to Kortrijk. Read More
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
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
On Saturday 20 October 2018 Kortrijk wrote a new chapter in its heat story! A 9,000-tonne tunnel was pushed under the railway. See the timelapse of this mammoth task. Read More
Save the date : Webinar "The Public Sector's role in Developing 4th Generation DHC" - 26th September,
Dublin’s Energy Agency Codema is pleased to invite you to our free upcoming webinar to explore the important role of the Public Sector in developing district heating across Ireland. Although the webinar will focus on the Irish context, the topics discussed are relevant for all North-West-Europe and beyond. Check the agenda and register to secure your place.
The Euroheat & Power Congress focuses on topics related to District Energy. The congress provides a unique forum for discussing and enhancing knowledge on major issues for the European and Global District Energy sectors, including both technical and business approaches, from new developments in legislation and latest operational experiences, to the most recent technological developments, and fresh research results.
This event will examine the opportunities for developing district heating and cooling in Ireland, including existing and planned schemes, national policy and finance and experience from the international market. HeatNet NWE is supporting the event, the project will be presented by Donna Gartland, from Codema, and by Eddie Conroy, County Architect from the South Dublin County Council (HeatNet partners). This first national conference is already attracting much interest in Ireland and abroad, so make sure to register now to secure your place.
Registration open for the "Remunicipalisation of the local energy" Workshop on 28th February - 1st March 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.
Local energy companies from Cadiz (Spain), Ettlingen (Germany), Heerlen (the Netherlands), Kalundborg (Denmark) and Nottingham (United-Kingdom) will present their experiences.
This study tour will be in French only.
This will be the first out of the nine webinars that will present the HeatNet Project’s pilot projects and findings. All webinars will target national audiences, which is why national languages will be used instead of English. This webinar is dedicated to Boulogne-sur-Mer’s pilot project and is thus in French.
This guide aims at helping local, regional and national authorities as well as energy planners to understand the use of heat maps and the different methods available to create one. It focuses on the data, resources and good examples in North West Europe countries and emphasizes on 4th generation District Heating and Cooling specificities regarding heat mapping. Read More
This procurement guide aims at assisting local authorities or local developers wanting to develop a 4th generation district heating and cooling system (4DHC), more specifically on how to reach out and access carefully selected multiple service providers, qualified expertise and develop good projects. Read More
This guide aims at helping stakeholders across NWE overcoming barriers to implementing 4th Generation DHC (4GDHC) solutions in existing buildings which are undergoing retrofitting. Read More
This roadmap sets out the actions to be taken to catalyse and promote the development of district heating in South Dublin. Read More
This guide is meant to provide an introduction to 4th Generation District Heating and Cooling (4GDHC). Its content is intended for energy companies, not only those operating District Heating and Cooling networks, but also for traditional energy companies which may be interested in new business models for energy supply. This guide is available in Dutch, English, and French. Read More
On February 28th and March 1st Energy Cities organised a workshop in Ettlingen - in the framework of the HeatNet NWE and mPower projects. Read More
This guide has been developed to show the environmental, economic and social benefits of the 4th generation of District Heating and Cooling (DHC), but also to give guidance to public sector organisations willing to develop DHC. English, Dutch and French versions are available. Read More
Discover some practical recommendations that local, national and EU policy makers could follow and the policy frameworks in Belgium, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, and the UK. Read More
Eddie answers the following questions: - What are the main challenges in the delivery of the district heating network? - What are the main lessons learnt from the HeatNet NWE project? Read More
Bram answers the following questions: - Why did the city of Kortrijk take part in the HeatNet NWE project? - What are for you the main benefits of HeatNet NWE? - What are the plans after the project? Read More
Veerle answers the following questions: - Why is 4th generation district heating and cooling (4DHC) an important energy solution for South-West-Flanders? - What has the HeatNet NWE project done for 4DHC progress in South-West-Flanders? Read More
Benoit answers the following questions: - What is the situation regarding heat networks in Wallonia? - What is the influence of the HeatNet NWE project? Read More