Low Temperature District Heating for the Baltic Sea Region

October 2017 -
March 2021

2. Natural resources 2.3 Energy efficiency


District heating systems are widespread around the Baltic Sea but are often outdated. Future-oriented energy supply includes low temperature district heating systems that lose less heat and use renewable energy and waste as heat sources. LowTEMP addresses municipal representatives responsible for urban and energy issues, heat suppliers, planners, engineers and energy agencies, and provides them with knowledge on technical, organisational and financial strategies to implement low temperature district heating.


District heating currently

District heating is prevalent in the Baltic Sea region: in some countries more than 50% of the households are supplied from district heating. Often, the existing district heating systems do not comply with energy efficiency standards and are technically outdated. They also face the challenge posed by an increasing number of new and refurbished energy efficient buildings.

Low temperature district heating

Low temperature district heating is a possibility to optimise the existing district heating systems and to develop independent future sustainable grids. By lowering the temperature in the networks, the reduction of heat losses and utilisation of renewable energy and waste-to-heat sources are possible.

The project

Within the LowTEMP project, partners from nine Baltic Sea region countries come together to make the district heating supply in their municipalities and regions, and in other Baltic Sea regions, more sustainable by integrating low temperature district heating solutions. Project activities provide local and regional authorities as well as other institutions responsible for the energy supply, with the know-how and strategic tools on how to plan, finance, install and manage low temperature district heating systems. This shall lead to the restructuring of the existing district heating systems towards future sustainable low temperature district heating grids. More efficient energy supply systems mean energy saving, better economy and cleaner air in Baltic Sea region.

Highlights by mid-term:

The project has established a district heating knowledge platform (www.dhknowledge.eu) to provide relevant data and information for planning, implementing and maintaining a low temperature district heating system. This is a set of ICT tools that supports public authorities and heat providers by enabling district heating related knowledge acquisition, visualisation and dissemination. It serves as a data repository on the general status quo of district heating systems and structures in the Baltic Sea region.

Complementary to this, the project partners have increased the knowledge and raised awareness related to the topic of low temperature district heating among project partners but also beyond the project partnership. It turned out that there is a large interest in the topic and that especially public authorities and heat providers as well as grid operators

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Project manager

atene KOM GmbH

Britta Schmigotzki

+49 30 22183-3101

Legal representative

Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences (IMP PAN)

Jan Kiciński

+48 583 416 071

Financial manager

atene KOM GmbH

Christoph Wald

+49 (0)30 22183-1704

Communication manager

atene KOM GmbH

Magdalena Jähler

+ 49 30 341 962103-18