Case Study 


Plymouth City Council 
Identify heat and cooling loads for 5th generation district heating networks 


D2Grids support the development of 5th Generation District Heating and Cooling (5GDHC) in North West Europe. 
5GDHC is a highly optimised, demand-driven, self-regulating, energy management system for urban areas. Its key features are: 
1) ultra-low temperature grid with decentralized energy plants; 
2) closed thermal energy loops ensuring hot and cold exchange within and among buildings; 
3) integration of thermal and electricity grids. 


Nordic Energy has created an interactive GIS model of the East Midlands region containing multiple building level datasets. This enables both a high level and detailed demand-side analysis of 5GDHC opportunities. 
The Nordic Energy team's engagement with European partners was the catalyst for the project initially in Nottingham and subsequently in Plymouth. The EU funding benefit of this has been circa €1.7m 
Through extensive UK and international networks, Nordic Energy has successfully engaged many organisations in participating in the project and helping to realise its objectives; for example, organising very well attended workshops targetting Industry (supply chain) and the Public Sector (National and Local Government in particular) 

Key Statistics  

20% of England's buildings covered 
25GWh per year of thermal energy 
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