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Type: Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action

Countries: United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Latvia, Denmark, Germany, Romania, Poland

Duration: 2016-2021

The overall aim of the THERMOS project is to provide the methods, data, and tools to enable more sophisticated thermal energy system planning rapidly and cheaply. The purpose is to expand and accelerate the development of new low carbon heating and cooling systems across Europe, and to enable faster upgrading, refurbishment and expansion of existing systems.

Creara is a member of the Project Steering Committee, and is responsible for coordinating capacity building activities, leading the validation of the THERMOS tool and directing national activities in Spain.

Results achieved

The open-source GIS-based THERMOS tool allows local government planners and other professionals to easily elaborate pre-feasibility studies for district heating and cooling networks, starting with a basic estimate of the thermal demand provided by the application itself. Initial datasets can be customized and improved by users, allowing for more detailed energy and economic estimates.

Additionally, the supply model functionality provides the possibility for the evaluation and optimisation of an already-designed network depending on different profiles for demand, emissions and fuel costs. Furthermore, this feature allows the consideration of other system parameters such as thermal storage and electrical substations.

Thanks to the THERMOS tool, Creara led the development of several case studies for real-world district heating and cooling projects.

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