What is the Hotmaps project?

Hotmaps is the development of an open source heating / cooling mapping and planning toolbox to provide default data for EU28 at national and local level.

These data and tool allow public authorities to identify, analyse, model and map resources and solutions to supply energy needs within their territory of responsibility in a resource and cost efficient way.

Those results will help authorities to develop heating and cooling strategies on local, regional and national scale which are in line with RES and CO2-Emission targets on national and EU level.

What are the main objectives of Hotmaps?

There are three main project objectives:

  1. Develop an open source toolbox (Hotmaps toolbox) that will effectively and comprehensively support local, regional and national heating and cooling planning processes.
  2. Provide a default open data set to lower the initial barrier in applying the tool for regions across EU-28 member states and include the ability that the users can adapt and provide more accurate, large and complex data for data for a specific area.
  3. Provide a tested and user friendly open source software tool which is based on user needs. Guarantee wide usability, flexible adjustability and concrete application of the tool within and beyond the project duration.

What is the duration of the project?

The Hotmaps project started in October 2016 and will last four years.

What is the Hotmaps toolbox ?

The Hotmaps toolbox is a GIS based web tool that is dedicated to support authorities and energy planners in the process to set up a strategic heating and cooling plan for their region. The tool will allow to analyse heating and cooling demand as well as efficient supply options on a local, regional and national level.

What will be the main features of the Hotmaps toolbox ?

The toolbox will allow the user to:

  • identify the location of current heating and cooling demand as well as supply on a map for EU28;
  • identify renewable energy potentials to supply heating and cooling needs for a selected area;
  • identify waste heat potential from industrial facilities within a selected area;
  • estimate the potential for efficient district heating options within a selected area;
  • estimate and compare the costs of individual heating vs. district heating options within a selected area;
  • compare the results from local heating and cooling planning with national and regional de-carbonisation pathway.

Where is it hosted and developed ?

The tool is developed within the Hotmaps project in a collaboration between IT experts, energy system modellers and users of the tool in the form of pilot areas and energy planners. After the project, the tool will be hosted by Energy Cities.

When the first version of the Hotmaps software will be released ?

A first version of the toolbox for the public will be available in 2019. If you want to contribute to the toolbox or provide us with feedback as a test user you can do that in 2018 already.

For more information please contact info@hotmaps-project.eu.

Will I be allowed to download and use the Hotmaps toolbox ?

Yes, the toolbox will be fully open for the public and the source code will be published as well. Also the default data sets will be available for download. If you want to contribute to with code or data you are very welcome.

Please contact: info@hotmaps-project.eu for further information on contributions to the toolbox.