Optimisation of heating and cooling networks
EnEff:Wärme promotes specific network optimisation with the aim of further increasing the share of local and district heating and integrating less densely populated areas into the supply network. This could be the future of central heat supply systems. District heating networks, so-called smart grids, are to become central building blocks in local energy management. Low-exergy technologies (LowEx) help reduce transmission losses. Furthermore, new adaptive cooling and heating networks offer starting points for the integration of renewable energy.
In Germany, about half of the final energy is used for generating heat. This means that new concepts for supplying heat more efficiently need to be developed if the Energiewende – Germany’s energy transition – is to be successfully implemented. The LowExTra research project is therefore investigating and developing an innovative and intelligent multi-line network for supplying heat at the district level.
more details LowExTra – Low-exergy transmission pipes for storing and distributing heat
The development of the energy sector during the last decade was shaped by the liberalisation of markets and a steady rise in the share of renewable energy sources in electricity generation. The research project aims to identify benefits of thermal storage systems as extensions of district heating systems for various technical and economic framework conditions.
more details Thermal storage systems for improved flexibility of CHP plants