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District heating: the key to decarbonising Europe’s heating

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Renewable and waste heat sources are foreseen at the same time as decarbonized heat sources and the way to guarantee competitive energy costs with limited influence of fossil fuel supply price volatility. To achieve this, a transition is needed in DHs, comprising not only measures to improve overall performance (temperature level reductions, improvement of substations, etc.), but to guarantee system viability as a whole in a context of reduced heat loads with the transition to Near Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB).


A joint initiative of 14 industrial companies and research institutes across from various countries in Europe (RELaTED) deploys a decentralized Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) district heating network concept, which allows for the incorporation of low-grade heat sources with minimal constraints (...)


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