It has been estimated that there is more heat wasted during electricity production in Europe than is required to heat all buildings in the continent.
The potential for improvements in the heating sector is huge and that means that by collecting the vast quantities of waste heat from industries and electricity production it is possible to distributing it.
If smart district heating grids are used, it would be possible to save all of the natural gas currently used for heating buildings in Europe, which would result not only in monetary savings, but also in considerable CO2 emissions reductions.
Some of the most important results of Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE) so far are:
The energy system models for the baseline year 2015 covering the 14 EU countries participating in HRE in terms of heat demand.
Peta 4.2, which is freely accessible, supplies a range of useful inputs for energy planning and developing those conditions necessary for driving the decarbonisation of heating and cooling across Europe.
An Excel model for calculating the profile of heating and cooling demands in 2015 for all 28 EU countries.
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.