District heating networks traditionally distribute energy from a centralised generation plant to a specific number of remote customers. As such, today’s networks suffer from: significant heat losses; a high level of unexplored integration potential of different
available energy sources (e.g. renewables and residual heat) into the network; and high installation costs. The FLEXYNETS project aims to develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of smart district heating and cooling networks. FLEXYNETS is an H2020 European project coordinated by EURAC, a research institute based in Bolzano-Bozen (Italy). In addition to EURAC, the project involves five further partners from different European countries: Acciona (Spain); zafh.net (Germany), a research centre at the Hochschule für Technik in Stuttgart; Solid Automation (Germany), a specialist in control and monitoring design; PlanEnergi (Denmark), an engineering office specialising in district heating; and Soltigua (Italy), a CSP collector manufacturer.
FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of smart DHC networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” temperature levels (15-20°C). Reversible heat pumps will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the demand side, providing the necessary cooling and heating for the buildings.Read more…
Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2016