Industrial excess heat for district heating:
Database shows great potential for supplying households
Excess heat from energy-intensive industries is often suitable for use in district heating systems but is usually unutilized. A detailed overview of the potentials available in the EU is now provided by a database of the sEEnergies project. In Germany, 29 petajoules of excess heat from industrial sites could be used, which corresponds to the demand of more than half a million households. Among other things, this could replace the coal- and gas-fired power plants typically utilized for district heating. The information is available as maps and downloadable datasets.