District Heating Knowledge Platform

The District Heating Knowledge Platform was developed in the frame of the 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.

The 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 efficiency of existing heating systems, heating demand, operators of the grid, available approaches and methods to implement LTDH 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 demonstrates essential information and data to provide actors responsible for energy supply systems in the BSR with basic knowledge that allows an insight into the necessity of future sustainable DH concepts. Like this, they can support the process of integrating LTDH in the existing heating supply systems.

Who can use the District Heating Knowledge Platform?

This system is addressed to and used by public authorities, heating providers and other stakeholders, who need information on the status quo of existing district heating situations in the BSR.

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 month, average outdoor temperature and total operating hours in a year at appropriate outdoor temperature.

Go to Heat Load Calculator 2

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 Relative Importance of Losses (RiL) Calculator

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

Go to Primary energy factor (PEF) Calculator

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 Multicriteria Analysis Tool

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