FLEXYNETS is a H2020 European Project coordinated by EURAC, a research institute based in Bolzano-Bozen (Italy). Traditionally, district Heating and Cooling (DHC) networks distribute energy from a centralized generation plant to a number of remote customers. As such, actual DHC systems are affected by relevant heat losses and unexplored integration potential of different available energy sources into the network. FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of intelligent DHC networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” (15-20°C) temperature levels. Reversible heat pumps will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the demand side, providing the necessary cooling and heating for the buildings.
©Alperia SpA (pictures of District Heating plants in northern Italy)