Spatial Energy Planning

Spatial energy planning for the new heating age.

Spatial Energy Planning (SEP) has the potential to fundamentally change the heating sector and to integrate innovative, sustainable heating technologies into the future energy system. In the “Spatial Energy Planning” project, the basis for planning for a spatially optimized development of heat supply infrastructures are being developed, taking into account local conditions such as the existing energy infrastructure, land use, and energy resources available from renewable sources or waste heat.

The basics thus created are incorporated into the digital HEATatlas which shows the complex interconnectedness of energy systems, in this way facilitating long-term planning of energy and infrastructure coupled with higher investment safety. In addition, a HEATapp prototype will be programmed that allows for automated queries and can be used in three specific application forms of public administration: Area development, spatial planning, and monitoring of energy strategies.

The federal states of Vienna, Styria, and Salzburg are directly involved in the “Spatial Energy Planning” project; the development efforts are carried out jointly with a large number of partners from the field of research and with selected pioneer communities and cities which provide reliable data for HEATatlas and HEATapp.

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