It has been estimated that there is more heat wasted during electricity production in Europe than is required to heat all buildings in the continent. The potential for improvements in the heating sector is huge and that means that by collecting the vast quantities of waste heat from industries and electricity production it is possible to distribute it. If smart district heating grids are used, it would be possible to save all of the natural gas currently used for heating buildings in Europe, which would result not only in monetary savings but also in considerable CO2 emissions reductions.
The aim of Heat Roadmap Europe is:
to create the scientific evidence required to support the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector in Europe and
to redesign this sector by combining the knowledge of local waste heat conditions, potential savings, and energy system analysis.
Some of the most important results of Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE) so far are:
The EnergyPLAN baseline models for 14 EU MSs
The hourly energy system models of the 14 European Union Member States for the business-as-usual scenarios for the baseline years 2015 and 2050. These will be the foundation for the development of the Heat Roadmap scenarios for the 14 MSs, and serve as a point of reference for comparison of the outputs of these roadmaps. You can download the scenario data here.
The Pan-European Thermal Atlas 4, Peta 4.2
Peta 4.2, which is freely accessible, supplies a range of useful inputs for energy planning and developing those conditions necessary for driving the decarbonisation of heating and cooling across Europe.
Profile of heating and cooling demand in 2015
This report presents an in-depth analysis of the current state of the heating and cooling sector in the 14 HRE countries. Also available is the Country Profiles of Heating and Cooling Demand, an Excel model for calculating the profile of heating and cooling demands in 2015 for all 28 EU countries.