The H-DisNet project will contribute to next-generation district energy networks through an innovative thermo-chemical (TC) network technology. This Horizon2020 Energy Efficiency (EE) project aims to combine district heating and cooling with drying and humidification services in a novel approach for latent energy conversion, transport and storage to establish Hybrid District energy Networks (H-DisNet), allows to transport heat to users far away from the heat sources as well as a time shift between heat production and use. The system will be able to exploit multiple energy generation sources at low temperature including the significant potential of unused waste heat and unused renewable energy sources.
The technology developed in the H-DisNet project will exploit high chemical potential of absorption processes for loss-free transport and storage of energy potential. It will be applied to form an intelligent thermos-chemical district network, which will not only increase energy efficiency of heat transport and storage, but also the utilization of waste heat and renewables at low temperature. Furthermore, it will reduce the primary energy usage and contribute to a wider usage of district networks by allowing heating and cooling in one multifunctional network and by adding the additional services drying and humidity control.
H-DisNet aims at reaching the readiness for broad industrial development by developing the TC components and intelligent network technology and demonstrating it in a residential area and in an industry environment to proof the technology's feasibility. Furthermore, modelling of TC components serves to carry out simulation of networks on which basis smart control strategies and a network identification tool are developed. Based on simulation, an economic and environmental assessment determines the potential of the technology and allows defining the path to market.