The European Parliament resolution of 14 March 2019 on climate change called for “a European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy in accordance with the Paris Agreement” and has formally reaffirmed the very serious social and economic consequences of climate change.
As highlighted in numerous studies, to proper achieve the objectives against climate change radical change in systemic thinking are required in order to boost innovation, research, develop realistic technological solutions and empower citizens.
District heating plays a key role in this scenario, as sector integration ensures a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and represents a versatile and efficient option. Despite everything, many European Countries still hesitate to invest in this technology. That’s why it is worthy to really understand if and how DH can really reduce the cost and emissions of thermal supply and if this technology can offer benefits to the energy system as a whole.
PlaMES objective to develop a tool and a series of models to simulate a multi-energy system moves exactly in the direction of evaluating the best technologies mix and investments upgrades necessary to satisfy not only the electrical demand but also thermal and fuel needs. District Heating, always seen as a technology to provide thermal energy, is emerging as one of the major assets that can be leveraged to integrate the various energy systems, mainly electrical, thermal and fuel, providing the necessary flexibility, capacity and potential to reduce the environmental impact and the investment required in the future (e.g. Thermal storages connected to district heating networks are already a more affordable alternative for energy storage than standard batteries).
It is on these issues that PlaMES project coordinator, Henrik Schwaeppe, RWHT Aachen, will address his speech at the 7th Smart Energy Systems International Conference. Matteo Pozzi from Optit, another partner in the consortium, will also be present at the conference demonstrating the importance that District Heating will play in the Smart Energy Systems of the future.
We are very pleased to join again one of the best challenging audiences, presenting and discussing solutions and gathering ideas on the development and implementation of smart energy systems to fulfill national and international objectives.
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