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 a way that corresponds to actual industrial needs and requirements. The three demonstration cases relate to i) existing high-temperature networks, ii) new low-temperature rural networks and iii) new low-temperature urban networks. To access the replication potential of TEMPO a set of interviews was carried out with grid operators, and these interviews were base on the different demonstration cases. This report describes this evaluation process, including the methodology, interview responses and analysis of the results.

How did it go?

The interviews focused on aspects considered relevant for the replication of TEMPO. This includes topics such as infrastructure, policy and regulation, stakeholders, customer engagement, technical issues and a variety of other aspects. Nine different grid operators, three per demonstration case, were interview as part of the study. The main conclusions are that:

  • The type of digitalisation technology that TEMPO is developing is assumed to have a relatively short investment payback time and a direct impact on operations. In this regard, it cannot be compared to more long-term investments in traditional infrastructure for production and distribution.
  • Involvement of customers are crucial, and the technology and associated business models must support consumer engagement.
  • The financial and technical benefits must be made very clear and concise for all stakeholders involved.
  • Ease-of-use is a core unique selling point for district heating. New technology must not jeopardize this in any way.

The results of this study provide valuable insight in the market expectations relating to digitalisation efforts such as TEMPO. As such, they will be integrated in the on-going replication effort within the TEMPO project.

Where can I find the full report?

Please refer to the TEMPO project website (https://www.tempo-dhc.eu/) for all publicly available reports and deliverables.

This is a confidential deliverable in the TEMPO project. However, we will be happy to answer your questions if you are interested. Please contact Christian Johansson (NODA, cj@noda.se)