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PLANHEAT will develop a tool so that your city can map, plan and simulate low-carbon, economically viable scenarios for heating and cooling systems, tailored to your local conditions. The PLANHEAT tool will support local authorities in mapping – planning – simulating the local energy demand and supply and showing and comparing possible future scenarios. The PLANHEAT tool will be easy-to-use, open-source and free. The PLANHEAT tool will be validated in three cities: Antwerp, BE; Lecce, IT; Velika Gorica, HR.




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Heating and cooling accounts for 50% of the EU’s energy consumption. No energy transition can take place without decarbonising the heating and cooling system. However, local authorities face the lack of appropriate easy-to-use tools to support them in the definition, simulation and evaluation of suitable strategies for sustainable heating and cooling tailored to local conditions for achieving the ambitious targets set-up in their local plans.

The PLANHEAT main objective – in response to this challenge – is to develop and demonstrate an integrated and easy-to-use tool which will support local authorities (cities and regions) in selecting, simulating and comparing alternative low carbon and economically sustainable scenarios for heating and cooling that will include the integration of alternative supply solutions (from a panel of advanced key technologies for the new heating and cooling supply) that could balance the forecasted demand.

The PLANHEAT integrated tool will be designed to support local authorities in

  • Mapping the actual and forecasted demand for heating and cooling
  • Mapping the potential of locally available low carbon energy sources, such as the solar thermal, geothermal, biomass and excess heat potential
  • Defining and simulating alternative environmentally friendly scenarios based on district heating and cooling as well as highly efficient cogeneration systems
  • Understanding the interactions of these new scenarios with the existing infrastructures and networks and identify potential for further extension and upgrade of district heating and cooling networks
  • Evaluating the impacts (in terms of energetic, economic and environmental KPIs) that the adoption of the new scenarios will generate against the current situation

PLANHEAT intends to actively involve 50 EU cities in the project. PLANHEAT will screen in depth your needs in order to deliver a tool which is really customised on cities’ needs! PLANHEAT offers:

  • In-depth involvement of all PLANHEAT cities: shape and improve the tool
  • Dedicated trainings and workshops
  • Webinars throughout the whole project
  • Events at local and EU-level
  • Guidelines and How-To-Tutorials
  • Sharing expertise and experiences

Within the project, VITO / EnergyVille provides tools and know-how to develop the heating and cooling mapping module of the PLANHEAT integrated software. EnergyVille develops methods to estimate and map the potential of locally available low carbon energy sources, while VITO develops the mapping module of the PLANHEAT tool.

Are you a municipality or local authority and would like to get involved? Please, leave us a message and let PLANHEAT support you!

Pieter Vingerhoets


Pieter Vingerhoets

Researcher Smart Energy and Built Environment at EnergyVille/VITO