District Heating Knowledge Platform

District Heating Knowledge Platform is a part of LowTEMP project, where 19 project partners from nine Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries make district heating (DH) more sustainable by integrating low temperature district heating (LTDH) solutions in energy supply systems (for more information about the project visit LowTEMP web page www.lowtemp.eu).

DH Knowledge Platform is a set of ICT tools enabling DH related knowledge acquisition, visualization and dissemination and serves as a data repository on the general status quo of district heating systems and structures in the BSR. It contains generalized knowledge about the existing heating systems, heating demand, operators of the grid, available approaches and methods to implement LTDH etc. in the BSR.

The DH Knowledge Platform includes an overview on the current status of smart energy supply systems and the use of renewables in the BSR. It includes the acquisition of information and data from various sources, data processing, knowledge extraction and representation. It is an essential information and data collection, being the basis for sustainable applicable heating strategies.

It serves as an essential information and data collection as the basis for sustainable applicable heating strategies and will provide actors responsible for energy supply systems in BSR cities and regions with all relevant basic information to support the process of integrating LTDH in the existing heating supply systems and concepts.

Who can use District Heating Knowledge Platform?

This system is addressed to and used by project partners, public authorities, heating providers and other stakeholders, who need information on the status quo of existing district heating situations in the BSR. There is no need to register (create an account) into Knowledge Platform to use heat load calculators, multi-criteria analysis tools or view publicly available information related to LTDH systems and implementation knowledge in BSR. Only LowTEMP project partners who can create and update the data collected in the knowledge platform and use different case modelling tools to create the specific region related situations are registered in the system.

Publicly available tools of DH Knowledge Platform:

Go to Heat Load Calculator 1

Using this calculator the heat load calculation is based on heating season, transferred heat to network, hours in a moth, average outdoor temperature and total operating hours in a year at appropriate outdoor temperature.

Go to Heat Load Calculator 1

Using this calculator the heat load calculation is based on heating capacity at average outdoor temperature, hot water capacity at average outdoor temperature, heat losses capacity at average outdoor temperature, average outdoor temperature, average room temperature and total operating hours in a year at appropriate outdoor temperature.

Go to Heat Load Calculator 1

Using this calculator the coefficient of Relative Importance of Losses (RiL) is obtained by consumed heat, transferred heat to network and hours in a moth.

Go to Heat Load Calculator 1

Primary energy factor (PEF) is energy indicator used for quantifying the primary energy use of a plant. Using this calculator the coefficient of Primary Energy Factor (PEF) is obtained by consumed heat, fuel input to the HP and CHP, electricity production of the cogeneration plants, fuel and its primary resource factor.

Go to Heat Load Calculator 1

This tool allows to compare and analyze the heat loads, RiLs and PEFs of different regions for potential development of LTDH strategy.