Heating and Cooling: Open Source Tool for Mapping and Planning of Energy Systems

  • Ongoing
  • Started: Oct 2016
  • Expected end: Oct 2020


Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Richard Büchele
Mostafa Fallahnejad, MSc
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Sara Fritz
Péter Gyarmati
Mag. Dr. Michael Hartner
Jeton Hasani, BSc
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Lukas Kranzl
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Andreas Müller
Richard Paul, B.Sc.

Project description

Heating and Cooling: Open Source Tool for Mapping and Planning of Energy Systems


HotMaps will develop, demonstrate and disseminate a toolbox to support public authorities, energy agencies and planners in strategic heating and cooling planning on local, regional and national levels, and in-line with EU policies.

The toolbox will facilitate the following tasks on a spatially disaggregated level: (1) Mapping heating and cooling energy situation including renewable and waste heat potentials in GIS layers; (2) Model the energy system, considering hourly matching of supply and demand, demand response etc.; (3) Supporting the comprehensive assessment of efficient heating and cooling according to the Energy Efficiency Directive; (4) Comparative assessment of supply and demand options and of given scenarios until 2050 regarding e. g. CO2-emissions, costs, share of renewables.

An open data set for EU-28 will be created to perform those tasks in virtually any EU region up to a 250x250m level, which will reduce barriers for authorities to heating and cooling planning. HotMaps will allow for updating locally available data and links to existing models.

The software will be developed in close cooperation with the target group, within the consortium and beyond. Moreover, the toolbox will be developed, validated and demonstrated with 7 pilot areas to provide a tested and user friendly software entirely based on user needs.

The project builds on 3 pillars: (1) An open source dataset which includes default data covering EU-28 heating and cooling supply. (2) An online tool including modules to carry out strategic heating and cooling planning with a horizon until the year 2050 including guidelines and handbooks on how to carry out strategic heating and cooling planning. The source code and data will be open source. (3) Target group interaction - Continuous user interaction including feedback from pilot during the development phase, demonstration and capacity building.


Our consortium includes leading experts on energy planning in Europe, modelling and tool development, dissemination and various public authorities.

Last updated: 17 Jun 2019