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 be adapted to a non-fossil heat supply such as renewable and excess heat that are generally characterised by lower temperatures.

TEMPO will lower the temperature levels of networks through six technological innovations that will undergo final development in this project. Each innovation brings value individually, however, the strength of this project lies in a combination of these technologies into solution packages for three different application areas that together covers 90% of the district heating market in Europe. TEMPO will test three solution packages in selected representative demos:

  • New urban low temperature district heating networks
  • New rural low temperature district heating networks
  • Existing high temperature district heating networks

Additionally, TEMPO will develop innovative approaches to consumer empowerment enabled by digital solutions. The project will also develop new business models and demonstrate their replication potential for the roll-out of sustainable and economically viable district heating networks across the EU.

TEMPO kicked off in October 2017 and will run for four years. It is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation.