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Network Optimisation – Digitalisation

  • A supervision ICT platform for detection and diagnosis of faults in DH substations
  • Visualisation tools for expert and non-expert users
  • Smart DH network controller to balance supply and demand and minimise return temperature (i.e. STORM controller)

Brescia: Existing high temperature district heating network

The A2A pilot project involves part of the Brescia district heating network in a low building density area consisting mainly of terraced houses and some apartment blocks.
The existing network is heated by a waste-to-energy plant (~50% coverage), residual heat from industry and CHP, and peak-load gas boilers. The A2A network in Brescia started operating in the ‘70s, and currently operates at temperature levels of 120/60°C.

Nurnberg region: New rural district heating network

A new network in the Nurnberg region (Germany) will supply heat to a less dense area of new buildings, heated by residual heat of a biogas plant and biogas CHPs. Solution package 2 will be demonstrated at this demo site to reduce temperatures and so open up the possibility to integrate a renewable energy source at a later stage.


The TEMPO project develops technical innovations that enables district heating networks to operate at lower temperatures. By decreasing the temperature, it reduces heat losses and allows a higher share of renewable and excess heat to be used as heat sources.


The TEMPO project consortium gathers eleven partners in six European countries. It includes research companies, industrial companies, district heating operators, a university, and an industry association.


– Crowdfunding study
– Integrated innovations
– Performance assessments
– Value propositions

Low temperature district heating

Today’s district heating systems are made mainly for fossil fuels that easily generates high temperatures. To create tomorrow’s district heating systems, adapted to a sustainable energy system, we need to use non-fossil heat supply such as renewable and excess heat that are generally characterised by lower temperatures.

New TEMPO project takes district heating towards a sustainable future

This new project, launched in October 2017, develops technical innovations that enables district heating networks to operate at lower temperatures, adapting it to a future sustainable energy system. Today’s district heating systems are made mainly for fossil fuels that easily generates high temperatures. Tomorrow’s district heating systems, adapted to a sustainable energy system, needs to

TEMPO project launches website and twitter account

The TEMPO project launches new communication tools to share its story about how technical innovations will enable district heating networks to operate at lower temperatures, a key component to adapt these systems to a future sustainable energy system. The TEMPO project is now communicating through a dedicated website and Twitter account @tempo_dhc. The newly

Request for proposals for study on crowdfunding

Euroheat & Power launches a request for proposal to subcontract a research study on crowdfunding as a new financial tool for district heating within the TEMPO project. The study will be carried out within the work package on replication and business models and the aim is to make an external funding assessment and determine to

Integrated innovations

Several reports on the implementation of the innovations in the district heating networks will be published as a result of the TEMPO project. For each solution package and demonstration site, there will be two reports on the integrated innovations that will feature descriptions of: 1 . Innovations 2 . Technical and economic aspects of the implementation

TEMPO project will add to STORM controller functionalities

The functionalities of the STORM network controller will be extended in the TEMPO project. In TEMPO we will build upon the advances made within the STORM project and establish a new standard regarding smart control of low temperature district heating networks that includes the effects of low return temperatures. Find out more about what digitalisation

STORM Legacy

STORM Project comes to the end. TEMPO will continue the story The final results of the STORM were presented during the Digital Heat event on 29th May in Brussels. The event was jointly organised with the Flexynets project and showcased the latest technology developments on digitalisation in district heating, with STORM and FLEXYNETS as flagship

TEMPO Project: one year after

On 16th and 17th of October TEMPO partners gathered again for the third project meeting to take stock of the achievements and results of the initiative   Time to sum up. The energy department of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Vienna hosted the third PMB (project management board) of the TEMPO project consortium for

An innovative piping system for TEMPO

Within TEMPO, the demonstration project for a new built urban network is in the design phase and several options for the best configuration of a 4-line system have been investigated. The task is to deliver heating, cooling and domestic hot water to row houses and apartment blocks from renewable sources, based on geothermal with HeatPump

Crowdfunding as a novel financial tool for district heating projects

New future challenges for DHC entail new finance solutions. The study is finally out. The district heating and cooling sector is in full evolution towards decarbonisation alongside an increasing share of renewable sources. This scenario entails new challenges above all from the point of view of the market. From a publicly-owned DHC sector, to new

TEMPO presented at the 4DH Conference

The project results were presented in two sessions by VITO, AIT and A2A in Aalborg  The 4DH Strategic Research Centre, the RE-INVEST project and Aalborg University invited researchers and experts from industry and businesses to the 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating. This year’s conference took place from 13-14 November 2018 in Aalborg. With

TEMPO Solution can reduce substations faults in future DH Networks

On 22 November 2018 in Antwerp took place the “Workshop on District Heating” organised by a joint effort between the Danish and Flemish organisations DBDH, Energyville and ISVAG. The aim was to underline the importance that DH can have for the future energy transition in Europe in in particular to highlight how the lesson-learnt from

TEMPO workshop ‘New digital solutions for lower temperatures’

It’s time for the first TEMPO technical workshop dedicated to the existing urban networks We would like to invite you to the TEMPO workshop ‘New digital solutions for lower temperatures’ taking place on 7 November 2019 in Brescia (Italy)! Organised by Euroheat & Power |DHC+ jointly with A2A Calore & Servizi, this event will showcase

Pipe Sizing for Novel Heat Distribution Technology

The very first scientific article from TEMPO research is now published and available Helge Averfalk , Fredric Ottermo and Sven Werner from Halmstad University issued the first peer-reviewed article on pipe sizing for low-temperature district heating networks. This paper assesses pipe sizing aspects for previously proposed, novel, low heat distribution technology with three pipes. In fact

Great success for the first TEMPO workshop

Hundred people gathered in Brescia to debate about the role of digitalisation in District Heating The very first TEMPO workshop was really successful according to the high rate of attendance on 7 November. The event was organised by A2A and Euroheat & Power | DHC+ with the aim to discuss about the importance and the

Report on the Integrated Innovations in A2A network

In February 2020 the very first report on the results of the integrated innovations in A2A network is finally available. TEMPO project is fully operative and it’s time to take stock of the implementation status of the solution packages. The document illustrates how the TEMPO innovations are implemented in the A2A demonstrator as well as the

Sustainable Places 2020

Events – 28 October 2020 – 30 October 2020 – Virtual There is a large potential to integrate substantial shares of renewable energy sources in district heating and/or cooling systems, reducing dep endency of DHC on fossil fuels and ultimately leading to a more efficient and sustainable energy system. TEMPO will be presented with other

The 6th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems – 6-7 October

06 October 2020 – 07 October 2020 – hybrid (Aalborg and online The 6th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems will take place on 6-7 October 2020 at Nordkraft, Aalborg’s former power station now converted into a large venue for conferences, sports and music. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference is held as a

Greening our cities with district energy!

HeatNet Final Event – 15th September 2020 – Virtual Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector is a major challenge to reach carbon neutrality in a near future. One solution is to provide renewable and low carbon heat thanks to district energy. Today’s most advanced 4th and 5th generation district heating and cooling (DHC) systems run at

8th International ONLINE DHC+ Summer School

DHC+ Summer School | 23 August 2020 – 29 August 2020 | online The DHC+ summer school is a full week of intensive training with renowned industry experts and academics in the field of District Energy. The teaching method is based on the combination of theory & practical exercises. This year’s programme will focus on Creating

BauSIM 2020 Conference – 23/25 September 2020

The BauSIM Conference has been organized under the auspices of IBPSA Germany and Austria since 2006 and takes place every second year. Building and district simulations and associated methodologies are at the focus of the conference. Emphasis is also placed on complementary topics such as building information modelling (BIM), component-level simulations or monitoring and operation

Report on the Integrated Innovations in the Windsbach Network

Click here to read the report The ENERPIPE demo is located in the town of Windsbach, 35 km south west of Nuremberg (Germany). The municipality of Windsbach is developing a new residential housing project in a rural area. The houses will be heated by means of a District Heating System (DHS). The project consists of

Generic monitoring principles and equipment for TEMPO

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT This report describes the “Definition of the monitoring concept and equipment”. Appropriate demo performance quantifiers and a generic monitoring principle were chosen. This will allow for an assessment of DH network performance improvements among the demo sites assessing comparable figures and additionally gain better insight into the enhancements made

Webinar: Rural District Heating Network: the Windsbach Case

The municipality of Windsbach (Nuremberg) has planned a new residential housing project, developed in rural area and heated by district heating. For the heat supply of a development area with many single-family houses, a sustainable and affordable solution had to be found. With a view to sustainability, the administration of the town decided against making


LAUNCH FLEXHARVESTER: UNLOCK THE VALUE OF ENERGY FLEXIBILITY VITO/EnergyVille and Microsoft invite you to attend the livestream of the launch event for FLEXharvester. FLEXharvester including STORM District Energy Controller is the solution for Microsoft partners that want to deploy energy flexibility solutions in their region. We’ll explain how the new software platform FLEXharvester with the

TEMPO Workshop at Euroheat & Power Congress – 5 May 2021

The next Euroheat & Power Congress on 4-5 May 2021 will host a new two-session ONLINE TEMPO Workshop on digitalisation, big data management and AI in district heating and cooling.  The virtual TEMPO Workshop will be an occasion to discuss with some of the best professionals in the sector about the latest development on digital solutions

TEMPO Promotional Material is here!

Do you want to know more about TEMPO in a glimpse? The TEMPO Promotional Material is finally available for free and downloadable. Click on the links to download them! FACT SHEET BANNER LEAFLET BROCHURE

D.3.1 Detailed engineering plan report Enerpipe demo

In order to minimize the carbon footprint of its newly projected housing development area, the municipality of Windsbach decided to provide each new home with sustainable heat. Thus, dozens of houses were connected by means of a district heating network. The distributed energy is being provided by an engine that burns renewable biogas to produce

D.3.2 Report integrated innovations in Enerpipe network

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL REPORT Deliverable 3.2. of the TEMPO project focuses on the actual execution of the more rural Windsbach demo-site and its key components. To implement and operate an optimally functioning district heating network, coordination and a certain amount of heat storage capacity in each home are very beneficial. As a

D.6.3 Replication studies report

What is this report about? TEMPO innovation is developed within six different technical solution packages. To help bring TEMPO to the market, these solution packages have been compiled into three so called demonstration cases. The idea is that it will be easier to replicate TEMPO innovation from a commercial perspective if they are compiled in

D.2.1 Innovation integration plan for new urban LT networks

In WP2 of the TEMPO project an innovative energy supply concept for low-temperature district heating (DH) networks in new urban areas was developed. The concept was originally foreseen for demonstration by Vattenfall in a new residential area in northern Germany. In a market competition the local area developer however finally opted for a competitor with

D.6.2 Report business models for each solution package

Within the TEMPO project, six innovations related to networks, digitization thereof and building optimization undergo final development. To ensure these innovations become successfully implemented on the market, this report analyzes business models by setting up a framework consisting of different business model components that can be combined in different ways depending on the needs of

D.4.1 Detailed engineering plan report A2A demo

The DH network of A2A in Brescia is rather old, connecting buildings from different periods mainly in low building-density area. The network started operating in 1972 and is currently running at temperature levels of 120/60°C (supply/return). The network is heated by a waste-to-energy plant (~50% coverage), in combination with a CHP, waste heat recovery from

D.1.1 Report innovation installation guidelines 1st version

In TEMPO, 6 technologies are developed and tested, namely: An automated on-line supervision platform to detect faults in DH substations Visualisation tools for expert and non-expert users A smart network controller to maximize sustainable energy consumption and minimize the return temperature An innovative piping system A building installation optimization Decentralised storage buffers The mentioned technologies

TEMPO Online Guideline

The present practical guidelines have been developed within the TEMPO project. They should guide technicians in performing audits on energy systems in building to identify, diagnose and correct components or systems behaving in a suboptimal way. The flowcharts offer a first to gradually narrow down issues, and thus refer the user to issue profiles corresponding to probable issues.