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OPTiOptimisation of District Heating Cooling systems

Objective

“With a user-centric design, we will contribute to next-generation District Heating & Cooling systems”

The OPTi project aspires to create a long-lasting impact by rethinking the way DHC systems are architected and controlled. The overarching goal is to create business benefit for the industry as well as to ensure optimal end-consumer satisfaction.
OPTi will deliver methodologies and tools that will enable accurate modelling, analysis and control of current and envisioned DHC systems. The methodology will be deployed both on a complete system level, and on the level of a building(s).
OPTi will treat the DHC system as a system subject to dynamic control, and will treat thermal energy as a resource to be controlled for DHC systems towards saving energy and reducing peak loads. This will lead to the most environmentally-friendly way of utilizing energy sources, thus reducing the reliance on additional boilers running on oil and/or electricity and overall providing a socio-economically sustainable environment.

OPTi will help energy companies to operate both today’s and future DHC systems in an optimal way:
• System level: We envision opportunities for SMEs to provide new services/solutions
• House level: More intelligent home DHC control systems like remote control and the consumer “virtual knob” (
• General: We foresee that the OPTi framework will enable engineers to design and plan DHC

Luleå Energi AB invests 45 MEUR (2014-2018) in their DHC to meet the requirements from the expanding Luleå City. This will enhance the system and allow for new solutions to be deployed and is directly beneficial for this project.
• Saving 30% of energy for water and heating on a system level
• Saving 30-40% of peak consumption on houses/clusters of houses
• Promote ways of operating today’s and future DH/DC systems in more optimized and environmentally friendly way including alternative energy sources and energy storage methods

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

H2020-EE-2014-2-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Sweden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 647 250

Participants (7)

ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER
Greece
EU contribution
€ 289 375
Address
Kefallinias Street 46
11251 Athens
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IBM India Private Limited
India
EU contribution
€ 321 005
Address
Subramanya Arcade, 12 Bannerghatta Road
560029 Bengaluru
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SAMPOL INGENIERIA Y OBRAS S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 177 500
Address
Calle Gremio Boneteros 48
07009 Palma De Mallorca
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LULEA ENERGI AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 148 750
Address
Skeppsbrogatan 32
97239 Lulea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TWT GMBH SCIENCE & INNOVATION
Germany
EU contribution
€ 234 375
Address
Ernsthaldenstrasse 17
70565 Stuttgart
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 135 625
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OPTIMATION AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 146 250
Address
Po Box 27
94121 Pitea
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)