Introducing THERMOS

The overall aim of the THERMOS project is to provide the methods, data, and tools to enable more sophisticated thermal energy system planning rapidly and cheaply.

THERMOS aims to accelerate the development of new low-carbon heating and cooling systems across Europe, and enable faster upgrade, refurbishment, and expansion of existing systems.

To this end, THERMOS is:

  • Developing a state-of-the-art modelling methodology for address-level energy system maps.
  • Using this methodology to produce a set of these maps for the pilot cities involved in the project.
  • Creating modelling algorithms for analysing these maps in order to support planners with decision making.
  • Testing these methodologies in four replication cities.
  • Developing and publishing free, open-source software for use by local authorities or other interested parties.

At the moment, the software itself is still under development, but it aims to support planners in accurately, rapidily and cheaply identifying the options for thermal energy networks in any given area. By iteratively designing and developing the methodology and modelling algorithms in partnership with our pilot cities we hope to create software which can produce consistent results - regardless of the geographic scale on which it is applied. We want it to be simple for local authorities to access this information through an easy-to-use application which reflects the detailed models required to underpin local network planning.

A workman installing heat network pipes in Islington, London.