Heating and cooling accounts for 50% of the EU's total energy consumption but only 19.1% comes from renewable energy sources, and in 5 of the 7 North-West European countries this share is less than 8.2%. These are therefore key areas for increasing the share of renewable energies.
D2Grids will contribute to this by deploying this functional but under-utilised concept of a 5th century heating and cooling network.
Generation: 5GDHC. It is an optimized and demand-driven local energy loop system in urban areas. Its key characteristics are:
- A low-temperature network with decentralized energy production
- A closed thermal loop for energy exchange between buildings connected to the network
Thanks to this low temperature network, low losses and efficient heat exchange mechanisms, the total energy demand is very low, and can be stably supplied up to 100% by ENR.
D2Grids' objective is to increase the share of ENR in heating and cooling networks to 20% in North-Western Europe, 10 years after the end of the project, through this 5GDHC network concept.
This will be allowed by:
The long-term effects will be ensured by:
This €19.3 million project is financed by Interreg North West Europe funds for 60% of the total budget, or €11.6 million.
Lead partner: Mijnwater B.V.
Project duration: 2018 - 2021
Partner organizations :
Asper Investment Management Ltd, UK
Clyde Gateway Developments Ltd, UK
Open University, NL
Construction 21, FR
Flemish Institute for Technological, Research NV, BE
FUW GmbH, DE
Nottingham City Council, UK