THERMAFLEX

Start of Project: September 2018
End of Project: August 2022

Link to Project Website

thermaflex.greenenergylab.at

Contact

Isabella Weichselbraun

THERMAFLEX: THERMAL DEMAND AND SUPPLY AS FLEXIBLE ELEMENTS OF FUTURE SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS

PROBLEM STATEMENT

In 2016, Austria's space heating requirement amounted to approx. 87 TWh/a. A quarter of this demand is provided by district-heating based heat supply through more than 2000 district heating systems. Thus, the district heating sector already plays a central role in Austria's energy supply. Considering the existing infrastructure, the expansion potential as well as growing possibilities for sector coupling and the resulting contributions to the decarbonisation of our energy system, the district heating sector will become increasingly important in the future (Source: AEE Intec).

OBJECTIVES

The project "Thermaflex” focuses on increasing energy flexibility while reducing CO2-emissions in the district heating sector. The main focus is put on seven district heating supply demonstrators in selected small, medium-sized and large cities. The demonstrators are supported along the entire innovation process, from idea and concept development, through simulation-based planning and implementation to monitoring, evaluation and continuous optimization.

RESULTS

Based on a close cooperation with research partners and technology providers within the Thermaflex consortium, the results and experiences from implementation and operation of the seven demonstrators will be used to derive best practices, highlight promising concepts as well as define technical, economic and ecological benefits and impacts.

PROJECT PARTNERS

AEE-INTEC (Project lead)

FH JOANNEUM 
BIOENERGY 2020+ GmbH 
StadtLABOR Innovationen für urbane Lebensqualität GmbH 
Technische Universität Graz - Institut für Wärmetechnik 
Stadtwerke Gleisdorf GmbH 
S.O.L.I.D. Gesellschaft für Solarinstallation und Design m.b.H.
WIEN ENERGIE GmbH 
Technische Universität Wien - Institut für Energiesysteme und Elektrische Antriebe 
Feistritzwerke-STEWEAG-GmbH 
JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH 
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH 
Salzburg AG für Energie, Verkehr und Telekommunikation
Rotreat Abwasserreinigung GmbH 
SIR – Salzburger Institut für Raumordnung und Wohnen 
Alois Haselbacher Gesellschaft m.b.H. 
Energie Steiermark AG 
Horn Consult
ENAS Energietechnik und Anlagenbau GmbH 
Pink GmbH 
GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH 
STM Schweißtechnik Meitz eU 
Green Tech Cluster Styria GmbH
FRIGOPOL Kälteanlagen GmbH 
Abwasserverband Gleisdorfer Becken 
Schneid Gesellschaft m.b.H. 
Nahwärme Tillmitsch GmbH & Co KG 

FUNDING

The project is financed by Klima- und Energiefonds within the „Vorzeigeregion Energie“ programme.