All over Europe, local communities, authorities, power supply companies and others involved in the supply of heat are faced with the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions and contributing to the attainment of the EU’s climate protection targets. Yet energy-efficient and economical supplies of heat, along with the optimal exploitation of potential geographically, and the effective expansion of existing (local) heat networks often fail due to the high costs and inadequate tools and programmes currently available for such planning. So how can careful, quick and affordable planning of the best options for heat generation and distribution be ensured in the most diverse regions of Europe?
The aim of the THERMOS project is to promote the development of low-emission supplies of heating and cooling throughout Europe, and enable the more rapid modernisation, refurbishment and expansion of existing grid systems. To this end, address-based maps are being created for energy systems and are being made freely available in order to meet the specific requirements of cities, towns and local communities. Using the THERMOS software, high-resolution maps can be analysed by planners of large thermal energy systems and used to assist them. The THERMOS software results in the more economical, more efficient and precise planning of thermal energy systems. Close cooperation with those involved in energy planning at municipal, regional and national levels ensures the practical application of the THERMOS software. In order to extend the use of the THERMOS tool in Germany to the wider public, there will be several workshops and information events in the next two years.
It is anticipated that action groups, local communities, authorities and power supply companies will be able to identify, analyse and model affordable, efficient and low-emission heating resources and solutions using the freely available THERMOS tool. More efficient planning of heating supplies with sustainable energy systems should help the EU member states to achieve the EU’s climate protection targets. As a result, THERMOS will contribute to a better integrated energy supply nationally, regionally and locally.