Support Modules Project Feasibility

The Act!onHeat assistance for heating and cooling planning is structured in different modules according to the Act!onHeat workflow. The modules presented on this page is for the 'Support Facility for Project Feasibility' A separate set of support modules is available for 'H&C transition strategy development.

The support will focus on the development of techno-economic pre-feasibility studies for localised heating or cooling projects, with the potential to include a subsequent assessment of financial and governance options for selected applicants.   

A visual saying 'sign up for the support facility'

Projects receiving support are expected to comprise a range of different approaches to heat decarbonisation, such as individual building solutions and the development / extension of heat networks at various scales. The provision of support will be based primarily around use of the THERMOS tool to identify, develop and characterise a range of scenarios to achieve the required techno-economically optimal heat decarbonisation objectives. 

Example activities to be offered under this support facility are described below across a range of typical project feasibility work areas.     

Work areas and possible support activities

Familiarisation with THER-MOS
Training sessions on THERMOS tailored to suit user requirements.
Run through of case studies to demonstrate the real-world applications of THERMOS.
Data preparation for heat-ing and cooling demand estimation
Assistance in specifying and identifying LiDAR data for a defined area to obtain building heights.
Assistance in compiling local GIS buildings and roads data to supplement or replace OpenStreetMap data (including future development).
Guidance on formatting locally-sourced energy demand data to supplement THERMOS model.
Estimation of building heating and cooling demands for a defined area using THERMOS
Basic estimation of peak and annual demands [using Open-StreetMap polygon data].
Advanced estimation of peak and annual demands [using Open-StreetMap polygon data and building height], possibly supplemented with locally-sourced demand data.
Heat mapping to produce visual representation of spatial heat demand density.
Development of heat network scenarios for optimisation using THERMOS
Defining buildings and roads/pathways to be included in analysis, including incorporation of future developments
Specification of heat supply options and their location.
Guidance on economic objectives and technical parameters and variables to be used in network optimisation model.
Development of network scenarios that incorporate a phased roll-out.
Optimisation of heat network scenarios using THERMOS
Support with running optimisations.
Diagnostics and troubleshooting of problem scenarios.
Support on adjusting scenarios and iteration of optimisation runs.
Optimisation of energy supply plant using THER-MOS
Guidance on specifying energy demand profiles.
Guidance on specifying supply economic objectives and technologies.
Presentation and analysis of results
Support with collation and interpretation of output data.
Comparison between optimised network solutions.
Comparison between optimised heat supply solutions.
Presentation of KPIs and sensitivity analysis.
Assessment of financial and governance options (for a limited number of selected projects only)
Identification of financial barriers for relevant infrastructure projects.
Assessment of financing options at regional, national and EU level, including gov-ernance and regulatory aspects.

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