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HeatNet NWE

HeatNet NWE

September 2016 - July 2020

HeatNet NWE is a €11.5m project promoting the roll-out of the most advanced form of district heating, known as 4th Generation District Heating and Cooling, across North-West Europe.

Codema's Services

HeatNet NWE is a €11.5m INTERREG North-West Europe project promoting the roll-out of the most advanced form of district heating, known as 4th Generation District Heating and Cooling, across North-West Europe.

4th Generation District Heating and Cooling integrates heat, electricity and energy storage to achieve an overall smart energy system, combining high energy efficiency, high shares of renewable energy and waste heat resources.

HeatNet NWE will address the challenge of reducing CO2 emissions in North-West Europe by creating an integrated transnational approach to the supply of renewable and low carbon heat (including waste heat) to residential and commercial buildings, developed and tested in local district heating and cooling (DHC) networks in Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.

In North, East and Central Europe, DHC supplies up to 50% of heat demand compared to just 2-7% in North-West Europe. DHC facilitates energy efficiency, fewer CO2 emissions and a greener economy. The overall objective is to introduce and demonstrate 4th Generation DHC (4DHC) in NWE. This is a low-temperature distribution system to minimise heat loss, integrated energy storage and supply to multiple low energy buildings.

The project consists of 13 partners across 5 countries and will result in a saving of 15,000 tonnes of CO2 each year by the end of the project.

Codema's Role

  • Lead partner - in charge of the day-to-day project management, financial management and overseeing the communications within the project
  • Work package leader for long-term impact - creation of business cases, transition roadmaps and promotion of 4DHC
  • Input into the Evaluation Work Package
  • Input into developing the HeatNet Model, which will help municipalities begin implementing 4DHC projects
  • Supporting South Dublin County Council in developing Dublin’s first large-scale public district heating network, with an initial project connecting the Council’s headquarters at County Hall and Tallaght Hospital. The district heating system will save South Dublin County Council up to 1,736 tonnes of CO2 per year.