Excess heat from energy-intensive industries is often suitable for use in district heating systems but is usually unutilized. A detailed overview of the potentials available in the EU is now provided by a database of the sEEnergies project. In Germany, 29 petajoules of excess heat from industrial sites could be used, which corresponds to the demand of more than half a million households. The information is available as maps and downloadable datasets.
ProgRESsHEAT aims at assisting local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewable energies in the heating and cooling sector.
The FORECAST model will be used to simulate the transition towards a sustainable heating and cooling industry sector for selected EU countries incl. Denmark, Czech Republic, Romania, Portugal, Austria and Germany. The scenarios will particularly take into account the coupling with centralised heat generation and existing heating and cooling networks. First results are expected in 2016. More info: www.progressheat.eu