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A GIS-based Assessment of the District Heating Potential in Europe

Gils, Hans Christian (2012) A GIS-based Assessment of the District Heating Potential in Europe. 12. Symposium Energieinnovation, 15.-17. Feb. 2012, Graz, Österreich.

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The scarcity of fossil fuels and the climate impact of their combustion are increasingly pressuring problems. The fundamental approach to both of them is the usage of renewable energy sources, accompanied by higher energy efficiency. Cogeneration in district heating (DH) plants allows for more efficient use of primary energy resources and can thus contribute to the solution. This paper presents an assessment of the possible role of DH in Europe until the year 2030. It is based on a newly developed method that allows for the quantification of country-specific DH potentials for different heat demand levels. It relies on a GIS-based analysis of the heat demand in high spatial resolution, which enables the identification of areas suitable for DH. The results suggest that a doubling of today’s heat deliveries could be achieved, making DH a feasible option for increased energy efficiency in the heating sector. The discussion of the results includes an assessment of potential limitations to DH such as the lack of central heating installations and the high capital costs of the distribution network.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/75078/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:A GIS-based Assessment of the District Heating Potential in Europe
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Gils, Hans Christianhans-christian.gils (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:February 2012
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:District Heating, Combined Heat and Power
Event Title:12. Symposium Energieinnovation
Event Location:Graz, Österreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:15.-17. Feb. 2012
Organizer:Technische Universität Graz, Institut für Elektrizitätswirtschaft und Energieinnovation
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Renewable Energies
HGF - Program Themes:E MS - Systems analysis (old)
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E MS - Systems analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Systemanalyse und Technikbewertung (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment
Deposited By: Gils, Hans Christian
Deposited On:28 Feb 2012 13:53
Last Modified:28 Feb 2012 13:53

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