5th generation district heating and cooling: a new platform to help you start your own project

Low-temperature district heating and cooling are setting the way towards decarbonising our cities. To this aim, 5GDHC by delivering low-temperature heat and cold to connected homes in a circular way, is a promising way to decarbonize our cities. GreenFlex, with the help of all D2Grids project partners, is launching a platform to inform project developers, industries and investors who wish to uptake this heating and cooling technology and inspire new 5GDHC projects.

The aim of the D2grids project is to accelerate the roll-out of 5th generation DHC by industrialising the system, through the definition of generic technology model and standards, and by boosting its commercialization potential. Five pilot sites, in Bochum, Brunssum, Glasgow, Nottingham, and Paris-Saclay are currently demonstrating how the technology can be implemented in various environments.

The 5GDHC platform enables visitors to learn more about 5GDHC and its principles and access the most recent outputs of the D2Grids project. Conceived to last even after the project ends, it aims at developing knowledge sharing and interaction among project developers, industry and investors interested in developing 5GHDC grids. 

The platform will showcase the five D2Grids pilot sites, as well as other examples of projects using this new heating and cooling system. Visitors will be able to access the masterplans and components installed on each grid.

Key features of the 5GDHC platform are:

  • Testing the feasibility of 5GDHC in your district/city , and help to start your own  grid: tools in open-access, including a decision support tool based on a questionnaire, will propose a district grid schematic adapted to local issues to visitors.
  • Tools to start your project & training materials: guidelines and best practices to follow, technology and financial models, business plans and other generic documents which can be useful for project developers but also for investors, designers and technology providers.
  • Consult the catalogue of best available technologies compatible with 5GDHC, to facilitate matchmaking between demand and supply and drive innovation. Available components and new developments will be counterchecked against set standards. The catalogue will be updated based on information on technologies tested and validated within the pilots. 

Some of additional features will be added as D2Grids outputs are finalized, such as the possibility for visitors to exchange with experts of 5GDHC. This feature will participate to another goal of D2Grids which is to establish an Industrial Alliance, bringing together technology suppliers to support the optimisation and the roll-out of 5GDHC. The platform will be complete at the end of the Interreg project. It will continue to encourage knowledge-sharing on 5GDHC on the long term, even after the project ends.


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