Last August was a 'hot' month, marking the midway point of our project. The completion of the first half found the project partners working hard to do state-of-the-art within the data, tools and methods of heating and cooling as part of a renewable energy system. Many of the latest results are now available on our website.
In early September, HRE4 had a prominent presence at the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating. Here 340 researchers and industrial experts from all over Europe and other parts of the world discussed and exchanged experiences on the topics of preparing the heating and cooling sectors for the furure. HRE4 had a special place in the conference's programme as the new version of the Pan-European Thermal Atlas Peta 4.2 was launched and several talks were made by our partners on the work we do. Eva Hoos, Policy Officer in DG Energy, participated as plenary keynote speaker and addressed the importance of the sector for the overall transition.
A workshop organised by Tobias Fleiter, from Fraunhofer ISI, in the framework of the HRE4 and the 4DH conference, took place in Copenhagen (Denmark) to foster the exchange and discussion of tools and methods used for H&C assessments in ongoing EU projects such as Hot Maps, PLANHEAT, progRESsHEAT and Thermos.
The workshop entitled "Tools and methods for strategic analyses in heating and cooling: What is the state of the art and how to improve our tools?" was attendend by more than 40 participants who, after initial presentations, broke into groups to discuss 5 main topics, ranging from user needs via mapping and waste heat to integrated modelling and energy systems’ analyses. In all topics, ways forward to improve existing tools and develop more useful methods were discussed and proposed.
From a user-needs perspective it seems important that tools are specific to the users and purposes. A similar conclusion was taken by the energy systems group, which does not believe that the one tool that fits all users will be developed soon. On the other hand, separated tools for demand and supply modelling were not considered to be so practical in the long-run, even though it is still common practice today. Instead, an integrated modelling of both elements was recommended. In order energy system analyses to be really valuable, a clear research question is very important. Read more about the workshop's outcome here.
Peta 4.2, the newest update of the 4th Pan-European Thermal Atlas, packs an even larger punch with new tools (e.g. heat synergy regions, excess heat, renewable energy sources, heating/cooling demand densities and even potential costs for district systems) for energy planners to exploit. This interactive mapping platform functions as an effective planning tool for decarbonising cities, right at your fingertips. Halmstad University professors Urban Persson and Sven Werner launched Peta 4.2 in September 2017 at the 4DH Conference, to a room of heating/cooling experts from all across Europe.
Throughout the rest of the conference, George Stiff, from ICLEI Europe, was on hand, manning the HRE4 Peta Corner to answer questions and guide first time users of this valuable new tool.There was a very positive reception from the audience at the launch and the Peta Corner. Many commented on the fact that access to Peta’s heating/cooling potentials and costs can function as valuable baseline indications, even before investing time or expenses into more in-depth investigations. Therefore it could indeed prove worthwhile to use as a first-order tool among a wide range of relevant stakeholders, from energy experts to private companies to public authorities. Other than a strong interest in learning more about the data and methodology behind Peta 4.2, many participants enjoyed having the chance to try it out live and see what it is capable of doing. For more information, check out the Peta 4.2 user manual also.
Added October 2017
Twitter is abuzz with people using the #Peta4 to check the heat demand density in their favorite spots in Europe. Help spread the word about #energy & #heating potential, by joining in 4 simple steps:
1. Look up for your hometown – or a European town close to your heart – on the Peta 4.2 Atlas.
2. Tick the “Heat Demand Densities 2015” box and take a screenshot
3. Tell us what you see and what you think (make sure to tag #HometownHeat, @HeatRoadmapEU and your home town)
4. Post and share with your friends and followers
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.