The Heat Atlas project identifies the potential for high-efficiency cogeneration and efficient district heating and cooling. It also analyses the costs and benefits of the opportunities that may exist within Flanders. The analysis starts by mapping Flanders' heating and cooling demand. It provides also a forecast of how this demand will evolve in the next 15 years (2030). As such, it will include a heat map that identifies significant demand and supply points for heating and cooling and existing and planned district heating and cooling infrastructures.
In a second step, the assessment will identify the heating and cooling demand that could be satisfied by high-efficiency cogeneration, residential micro-cogeneration and district heating and cooling. Taking the heating and cooling demand as a starting point, the project will identify the potential for additional high-efficiency cogeneration, i.e. from newly built capacities; from refurbished existing electricity generation and industrial installations; and from other facilities generating waste heat.
The project will also assess the potential for developing efficient district heating and cooling infrastructures to accommodate the development of high-efficiency cogeneration and the use of heating and cooling from waste heat and renewable energy sources. Based on the identified potential, the project will provide information on the measures, strategies and policies that may be adopted to achieve the potentials up to 2020 and 2030.
The resulting Heat Atlas will become a basic tool for the overall objective of Article 14 in the Energy Efficient Directive; to encourage the identification and delivery of cost-effective potential for energy efficiency, principally through the use of cogeneration, efficient district heating and cooling and the recovery of industrial waste heat or, when these are not cost-effective, through other efficient heating and cooling supply options.