Spatial Energy Planning

Spatial energy planning for the new heating age

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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.

The following model solutions are being developed in the Spatial Energy Planning project:


Media reports on the project

Spatial energy planning for the heating transition

The heating market is undergoing a transformation. Technological innovations, new building regulations and targeted subsidies are forcing the further development and use of renewable technologies in the heating sector and the gradual replacement of fossil fuel systems.

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Spatial energy planning as a climate saver

Spatial energy planning is one of the key factors for cities and municipalities on the way to smart urban development. What it can really contribute to the energy transition and climate protection, and above all by what means, was discussed on January 29, 2020 at the invitation of ÖROK with experts and representatives from all federal provinces at the Urania in Vienna.

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Concerted energy transition versus renewable anarchy

How can the heating transition succeed? The decisive factor is spatial coordination, which ensures that the most suitable technology is used in each location and that this also takes the electricity sector into account.

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