Intelligent Hybrid Thermo-Chemical District Networks

“Heating and cooling consumes half of the EU’s energy. Developing a strategy to make heating and cooling more efficient and sustainable is a priority for the Energy Union […]. Heating and cooling and electricity systems can support each other in the effort to decarbonise. It is essential to recognise the links between them and exploit synergies” [An EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling, 16.02.2016].

Conventional district heating and cooling systems combine these synergies by distributing heat generated from a centralized location including residual heat to remote users. However they need to be more efficient, intelligent and cheaper integrating multiple efficient generation sources, bringing down heat distribution losses and integrating storage systems.


The H-DisNet project contributes to next-generation of district energy networks developing the innovative thermo-chemical (TC) network technology. The technology exploits the high chemical potential of absorption processes for loss-free transport and storage of energy potential.

The technology will be applied to form an intelligent district network with thermal, electric and gas networks.

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Loss-free energy network

This intelligent thermo-chemical district network will have a strong impact  on the future energy systems and will significantly

  • increase energy efficiency of heat transport and storage
  • increase utilization of residual heat and heat using renewable sources at low temperature
  • contribute to a wider usage of district networks by enabling heating and cooling in one multifunctional network and by including the additional services drying and humidity control
  • reduce the primary energy usage by forming energy cascades.

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Project approach

The project will gain the required knowledge about processes, components, network applications as well as simulation and control methods and will demonstrate the feasibility to allow the industrial R&D to pick up the technology and to bring it to the market.

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Oct 30, 2018 H-DisNet autumn 2018 events

Communicating and disseminating H-DisNet project results

Oct 30, 2018 Using thermo-chemical fluids for humidity control in automotive industry

Temperature and humidity control for high-quality and energy-efficient vehicle painting.

Oct 30, 2018 Absorption system for greenhouse

From the lab test to real application

Oct 8, 2018 Register now for the H-DisNet Innovation Workshop in Berlin on Friday, 16 November 2018

Don`t miss the first pre-view visit of the H-DisNet Building Research Lab and Demonstrator using Hybrid Thermo-Chemical Technology at our Innovation Workshop in Adlershof, Berlin on Friday, 16 November 2018 (09:30 to 16:30 h).

May 15, 2018 Sustainable Energy Week

H-DisNet will be present at the EU Sustainable Energy Week Conference on 7th June in Brussel.

Feb 12, 2018 H-DisNet at the ZHAW

ZHAW presents H-DisNet as representative project in the energy sector.

Aug 29, 2017 H-DisNet at 4DH Conference 2017

See the presentation of H-DisNet with use cases and new simulation results at 4DH Conference on 12 September 2017 in Copenhagen.

Jun 23, 2017 Visit the SusTEM2017

Learn the application cases and economic benefits of thermo-chemical networks, Wednesday 28th of June.

May 15, 2017 H-DisNet at Euroheat and Power Congress in Glasgow

H-DisNet carried out a workshop at the Euroheat and Power Congress in Glasgow, on 15th May.

Apr 24, 2017 H-DisNet and the Energy Transition

ZHAW presented to TeleTop, a Swiss local TV, the main research activities for a energy transition.

Apr 18, 2017 Save the date: 10th May

Participate in the webinar "Cold water district heating and cooling systems as flexible exergy exchange systems – a promising concept for the future?" organised by Flexynets.

Apr 7, 2017 Energy Efficency Data Hub

Have a look to the new data hub presenting energy efficiency project funded under Horizon 2020.

Apr 4, 2017 Hannover Messe 2017

Visit the Hannover Exhibition 2017, 24-28 April and learn more about H-DisNet.

Mar 20, 2017 International presence

The H-DisNet technology and its benefits are presented to international events.

Jan 13, 2017 Hasselt joined the advisory board

The city of Hasselt is interested in thermo-chemical network technology and would like to know the application potential for the city. A case study has been started and Hasselt joined the advisory board.

Dec 6, 2016 Read the EU-Report

H-DisNet featured in new Commission report showing European Union on-the-ground support for the 2016 Heating and Cooling strategy.

Sep 7, 2016 Workshop in Winterthur

The first project Workshop and Advisory Board Meeting was held in Winterthur, Switzerland, on September 5th and 6th.

Jun 6, 2016 Kick-off Meeting

H-DisNet is started. The Kick-off Meeting was held in Berlin, Germany, on June 1st and 2nd. The event took place at the TU-Berlin.

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