Network for Energy and Future Storage Facilities developing propositions for decarbonised heat grid infrastructure

The Network for Energy and Future Storage Facilities (Netzwerk Energie- und Zukunftsspeicher) campaigns for an increased integration of storage facilities in the context of the heat transition and sector coupling. Together with the BBH group, the representatives of seven municipal utility companies met in Halle to develop propositions aimed at leveraging the potential of heat grids in an urban environment.

According to the network, which was established during the E-world in February 2017, heat grids could serve as efficient instruments for optimising the entire energy system, particularly so in densely populated areas. The network emphasises that a diversified generation of energy could successfully cushion supply-side fluctuations. Furthermore, the feed-in of renewable energy and industrial waste heat would provide an opportunity for minimising emissions in the supply sector, provided that there are precise conditions for consumption and grid management. Another proposition of the network is that a reasonable reduction of the temperature level in heat grids would help optimise costs.

The network also addresses research and development stating that the technological development should be geared towards more flexibility, efficiency and cost effectiveness. However, the economic framework conditions would have to be aligned as well. “Storage facilities, power-to-heat technologies and large-scale heat pumps will have to be more economically attractive in order to establish heat grids as a fundamental means of sector coupling,” says Marcel Malcher, member of the managing board of BBHC. “If the energy system is to profit from sector coupling,” adds BBH lawyer Dr Markus Kachel, “economic obstacles must be removed from the current scheme of charges, levies and surcharges.”

The Network for Energy and Future Storage Facilities was initiated by the municipal utility Stadtwerke Heidelberg and EVH Halle and is expanding with further municipal heat grid operators joining the cause. Together with the BBH group, the network campaigns for improving the existing legal and support framework for heat storage facilities and heat grid technologies. The network is also supported by GEODE, the European association of independent energy distributors.

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