E2District is a European Commission Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Project which is being coordinated by the Nimbus Research Centre. The E2District project developed a cloud enabled District Management and Decision Support framework for DHC systems, which delivers compound energy cost savings of 30%.
According to Intelligent Energy Europe, district heating is likely to double its share of the European heat market by 2020 (reaching approximately an 18-20% share) while district cooling will likely grow to satisfy 25% of cooling demands. This expansion will translate into a 2.6% reduction in the entire European primary energy need and a 9.3% reduction of all carbon emissions and, ultimately, will achieve a significant reduction in European energy import dependency.
This vision, however, is not possible through modernisation and expansion alone but requires fundamental technological innovation. Barriers which need to be surmounted include the lack of proper tools, inflexibility of the existing DHC business models, limited customer engagement in the DHC energy market and lack of support for future distributed generation and energy exchange between consumers, producers and DHC.
E2District addressed these issues by developing, deploying, validating and demonstrating a novel cloud based District Management and Decision Support framework for next generation DHC systems.
Nimbus’ experimental testbed on the campus of CIT, along with city district experimental sites in Belgium and Czech Republic, served as a testbed for E2District’s software-defined heating and cooling infrastructure.