EU-funded Project that developed and validated in real case scenarios an integrated and easy-to-use tool to helps local authorities select, simulate and compare alternative low-carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling.
PLANHEAT developed and validateed an integrated and easy-to-use tool to support local authorities in selecting, simulating and comparing alternative low carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling. The tool is a platform that allows the interconnections among three open source, easy-to-use IT modules – the mapping module, the planning module, the simulation module – and a KPI panel. The platform allows the visualisation and mapping of results, the visualisation of the scenarios selected with the planning tool, and the visualisation of results coming from the simulations. The PLANHEAT Tool is Q-GIS plug-in, based on an open-source code, whose goal is to analyse, plan and simulate low carbon H&C scenarios. The user is guided by a step-by-step procedure that, starting from the assessment of the local heating and cooling demand and potential sources, conducts the end-user through the whole planning process towards the simulation of future low carbon scenarios. The PLANHEAT simulation tool is designed to support local authorities in: mapping the potential of locally available low-carbon energy sources mapping the forecasted demand for heating and cooling defining and simulating alternative environmentally friendly scenarios understanding the interactions of these new scenarios with the existing infrastructures and networks identifying potential for further extension and upgrade of district heating and cooling networks evaluating the benefits in terms of energetic, economic and environmental gains.