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Smart thermal networks in the European Union


Publication date
25 October 2023
Joint Research Centre


The report describes how an increasing number of district heating and cooling systems in the EU are transitioning towards becoming smart thermal networks. Numerous cities are investing in expanding and modernising their existing systems to align with future energy needs, characterised by a growing reliance on variable renewables. Smart thermal networks include intelligent control systems with sensors, waste heat, high-efficiency cogeneration, large heat pumps, and thermal energy storage systems. One of the most promising avenues for further innovation lies in digitalisation. The EU is a global leader in this field and well-positioned to lead the transition towards smart thermal networks.

Smart thermal networks in the European Union


24 OCTOBER 2023
Smart thermal networks in the European Union
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