Heat maps are a pre-requisite for decision makers developing 4th generation district heating and cooling, in order to match energy demand and the local heat resources.
Most of the heat maps give information on heat demand in the form of heat density, and on current supply sources. Some also combine this with potential studies of renewable or waste heat sources, as well as data on building and energy grids.
Creating a heat map requires the aggregation of a lot of data from different sources and different sectors. This guide explains the process to do so, and also lists the resources and data already available in the North-West Europe countries. For example some EU-funded projects, such as Hotmaps and PlanHeat, have developed integrated toolbox for heat mapping providing data and calculation modules. Thus this guide is a valuable source of information for energy and urban planners.
In addition, the heat mapping processes done in the cities of Dublin and Plymouth are briefly presented and can inspire other local authorities.
You can download this guide by using the link below.