The first large-scale municipal heat planning project by greenventory has been completed: After almost two years of work, the heat plan for the district of Lörrach is established.
A shared concept
In order to approach the communal heat planning, all 35 municipalities of the district have joined forces. The goal: to identify a joint concept for a climate-neutral supply of heat. The first concrete measures are now to follow.
First comes the collection of data
The journey from the kick-off to the formulation of the next stages was a long one. The first step on the agenda was to develop a valid data basis. As with all projects, it is a high priority to work cleanly here in municipal heating planning. Our software bundles data from various sources and makes it available on a platform that can be used by all stakeholders. The data sources include, for example, satellite images, information from the census, climate data, data from network operators, municipal utilities and local authorities, and – quite classically – records from chimney sweeps. At the moment, only greenventory’s software can provide a data basis of this depth.
Uncovering potentials with municipal heat planning
Municipal heat planning is one of the central tools for a successful energy transition. The heat consumption in residential and non-residential buildings must be covered in a climate-friendly way in the future. With the help of municipal heat planning, potentials are determined and suitable areas for heat networks as well as possibilities for decentralized heat supply are identified.
Synergy effects through diverse conditions
The case of Lörrach is special because the heat planning was carried out for the entire district. This includes three large district towns and 32 cities and communities. With many actors, the planning is more extensive, but to discover synergy effects, larger areas are more helpful. To this end, the consortium with endura Kommunal and Ifok held numerous workshops to involve the public as well as key stakeholders and identify measures. For example, waste heat from the chemical plant in Rheinfelden in the south can also be used beyond the city limits.
A flexible software tool for various scenarios
It is also important to note that local conditions and legal regulations can change at any time. Therefore, an adaptability of the data is extremely important. With greenventory’s software, you can have changes made in real time. Planning – even of different scenarios – becomes possible within a few clicks. This is a huge advantage for all parties involved in the project.