Development of a standardized analysis and results grid for heat plans for the implementation of the energy transition in the municipal sector
January 2018 until June 2021
Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)
KEA - Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg GmbH
DLR Deutsches Fernerkundungsdatenzentrum (DFD)
Project Manager at the Institute of Networked Energy Systems:
Municipal heating plans are an effective planning tool to develop sustainable and cost-effective solutions for heating supply. During the heat planning process, decarbonisation strategies are developed for each municipality through an intelligent combination of energy savings, increased efficiency and renewable energies, taking into account the interactions with the electricity supply. A standardised methodology for the preparation of municipal heating plans does not yet exist in Germany.
The aim of the ANSWER-Kommunal project is to develop a transferable, standardized analysis and results grid for municipal heating plans. This is intended to ensure transparency, comparability and the possibility of adding the climate protection contributions of individual municipal heating plans and also to provide municipalities with technical support in drawing up the heating plans.
This analysis and results grid includes a uniform heat atlas covering the whole of Germany with information on heat requirements and sources as well as a methodology for planning the expansion of the municipal heat supply infrastructure. In order to ensure the consistency of the heat atlas, a remote sensing-based toolkit is being developed that allows the standardization and derivation of aggregated spatial information on the building stock (building densities, volumes, floor area numbers, locations, distances, etc.) and heat sources (counties, administrative districts, provinces, national).