The project has received funding from the Horizon 2020 Research Programme of the European Commission under the grant number 649796.
The OPTi project aspires to create a long-lasting impact by rethinking the way DHC systems are architected and controlled. The overarching goal is to create business benefit for the industry as well as to ensure optimal end-consumer satisfaction.
OPTi will deliver methodologies and tools that will enable accurate modelling, analysis and control of current and envisioned DHC systems. The methodology will be deployed both on a complete system level, and on the level of a building(s).
OPTi will treat the DHC system as a system subject to dynamic control, and will treat thermal energy as a resource to be controlled for DHC systems towards saving energy and reducing peak loads. This will lead to the most environmentally-friendly way of utilizing energy sources, thus reducing the reliance on additional boilers running on oil and/or electricity and overall providing a socio-economically sustainable environment.
OPTi will help energy companies to operate both today’s and future DHC systems in an optimal way:
- System level: We envision opportunities for SMEs to provide new services/solutions
- House level: More intelligent home DHC control systems like remote control and the consumer “virtual knob”
- General: We foresee that the OPTi framework will enable engineers to design and plan DHC