HOT|COOL NO. 1/2020 - "How to District Energize your City"

The vital platforms The first vital platform is a private-public partnership that aims at a common promotion and branding of “HEATman” and its products for the district energy sector. The second platform is a cloud that facilitates the cooperation with basic digital services such as data collection, sharing and standardization. This common digital resource is also the workbench on which the tools are developed, evaluated and demonstrated. In a first setup and existing cloud platform from a research and innovation project, CITIES is applied to show proof of concepts.

All relevant tools are installed in the “state of art” version on which the HEATman approach and improvements will be based. For leakage detection, two very different approaches are tested. 1) The product “Heat Intelligence” fromKamstrup that utilizes the user demand data from their smart meters for the analysis of possible leakages within the DH-system. 2) Logstor is the provider of district heatingpipes and connects a wire through the network that enables the system to find leakage through their solution “LOGSTOR Detect”. The two systems will be installed at the three living labs and improvements will be applied, partly by combining their abilities. The consultant company NIRAS will add their solutions and experiences from the abovementioned water platform LEAKman. All products are installed in the three partner district heating plants: Bronderslev Forsyning, Hillerod Varme and TREFOR and will be in operation from spring 2020 - to be evaluated ultimo this year by the Danish District Heating Association (DDHA). A smart platform adjusted for the future requirements and sustainability HEATman takes an important leap into the future of supporting district heating to meet future trends and demands. Based on the above mentioned, state of art tools, we work through 2020 to find advanced and holistic solutions within the project. The outcome of the efforts is large energy and economical savings for the DH companies. Especially the holistic approach of the cross-system optimization is expected to drive these savings. The implementation is planned in two to three stages: 1) A simple communication approach where the involved software share information and the common “intelligence” utilizes basic logic assumptions. Here the common cloud infrastructure and standard communication will enable this effort. 2) In a more advanced version, the cross-component optimization will be done automatically and probably based on algorithmic approaches. This is a development project headed by the Technical University of Denmark. 3) In a parallel effort, big data will be applied to improve the involved component models. During 2020, the use of remote read e-meters will be mandatory. With these extensive data, we will be able to implement the results from other research projects, especially the CITIES project.

Mature solutions will be promoted on a commercial cloud setup under the lead of the partner NorthQ.

HEATman as a dynamic product and service platform The HEATman toolbox/platform enables a wide variety of tools and services. A simple tool involves a single service by a single provider. Due to standardization, such tools can be from different providers. HEATman enables the shift of solution within the same framework and enabling competing sub- solutions. An example hereof is a forecast for the demand that can be provided by very different services, statistical lookups in local or national building databases to advanced commercial software solutions by the company ENFOR. The HEATman concept will enable the replacement of solutions within the same platform. Another example of a single component service that will be implemented in the HEATman project is the integration of the “Smart Energy System”. At first, such a solution will be based on existing software by the company EMD International. This package, EnergyPro, models and optimizes the operation of various thermal production systems. On basis of EnergyPro, the package EnergyTrade by the same company enables the betting on the electric markets.

A complete optimization tool across DH network and production

Some of the partners in theHEATman project were cooperating in the CITIES project. Here, first experiences were harvested on the methodology that could be applied for a system-wide optimization. This increased the chance that the HEATman project of being successful.

In all this, the communication and cloud infrastructure will be the common infrastructure to be adjusted to carry the common tools and services in a “Proof of Concept” version. Hereby the HEATman concept can be developed fast and flexibly. A mature market-ready version will evolve in a parallel effort.


Optimization software for …

Product name


Heating production

EnergyPro and EnergyTrade


District heating net

HeatTO and prediction software


Building Control


Leanheat/Danfoss Building Control


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