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 two days. All the members of the consortium gathered to take stock of the main progress of the project activities, especially from the point of view of the technological innovations planned for the three demo sites (one in Italy and two in Germany).

Everything began with the welcoming of Johan Desmedt (VITO), the coordinator, and a presentation of the agenda for the 2-day meeting. In particular, the objectives of the meeting were to present the TEMPO technical objectives and work plan and results achieved so far and discuss the technical issues and refine the tasks for the first period of the project.

The first issue discussed concerned the development of the six technological innovations to be packed in the three solution packages for the demo sites. In particular, the 6 innovations are:


  1. A supervision ICT platform for detection and diagnosis of faults in DH substations;
  2. Visualization tools for expert and non-expert users;
  3. Smart DH network controller to balance supply and demand and minimize return temperature ( following the STORM project controller);
  4. Innovative piping system;
  5. Optimization of the building installation;
  6. Decentralised buffers at the consumer side;

Their developments are still ongoing and for the next months the partners expect relevant findings and achievements.

The meeting continued with a presentation of the main results from each demo site. Unfortunately some delays for the Vattenfall demo site (Hamburg Area) due to the replacement of a project partner and the slow procedures to get the building permissions for the new construction area. Some good news instead for the other two sites. The Nurnberg’s site (Enerpipe)  control system in the plant room is in operation  and the buffer units are already installed. In the next months one of the unit will be transferred to VITO’s premise for measurements and identification of the state of charge. The third demo site, in Brescia (Italy) managed by A2A, fulfilled to complete more than half of the foreseen tasks such as the collection of data, the design of the mixing station and of the monitoring system.

As for the WP dedicated to the evaluation and the know how transfer, just the Brescia site has real measurements. The other two German sites are still in a building phase and we should wait a little bit more to get the first, reliable data. For the next period a selection of individual monitoring equipment will be performed and the preparation of the data logging and data transfer to AIT will be setup including data quality check.

Afterwards Mr. Christian Engel from Thermaflex presented the state of the art of the ongoing research on Replication and business models.

For each solution package a value proposition is worked out. The 4 most important stakeholders have been selected to understand what is in for them applying the innovation. After, a mapping of the DHC stakeholders has been made in collaboration. A next step will be to crosscheck the value propositions with key stakeholders in the Demo sites. A first draft of the report is available but not still public.

Finally, from the point of view of the communication and dissemination campaign, TEMPO will be soon presented at the 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems & 4th Generation District Heating in Aalborg, Denmark. Moreover, the first official project newsletter is about to be issued on the next days. Stay tuned.