Pan-European Thermal Atlas

The Pan-European Thermal Atlas (Peta) it’s an interactive map allowing to rapidly check thermal resources available in your region as well as thermal demand.

It’s the first ever Pan-European digital geographical model of heating and cooling demands, investment costs of infrastructures, and prospective supply areas at a geographical resolution of 100m grid size. The model uses openly accessible spatial geo-data from the European Commission, the European Environmental Agency and Eurostat. It is seen as a common basic denominator for the development of atlases of heating and cooling demand and supply.

The heat atlas comprises an EU28 map, which for each cell contains the modeled heat and cooling demand, local density of both demands, basic geometry of DHC supply, available waste heat resources and potential for renewable energy sources (solar thermal, geothermal, relative accessibility of biomass). Renewable energy sources were mapped in relation to prospective district heating areas. For all EU member states, solar energy, geothermal heat, access to surface and sewage water for heat pumps, and the availability of biomass residues from agriculture and forestry were mapped and processed in a way, which results in an indicative potential for all prospective district heating areas.

For the first time the potentials of district heating were quantified against the costs of infrastructure, the availability of excess heat and renewable energy, and the geographical location. This happened by means of cost-supply curves, which establish a mathematical relation between the supply of district heating and the average or marginal, annualised investment costs in heat distribution grids. The combination of geographically explicit cost-supply analysis and energy systems analysis establishes the basis for a quantification and evaluation of the potentials of collective heat supply, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, which has not been possible without a tool like Peta.

It is a perfect basis for an informed decision to invest in energy efficiency measures and increase the use of locally available residual waste and renewable energy sources for heating and cooling purposes.

The Atlas is available here.


For more information on how to use the interactive Pan-European Thermal Atlas, watch the Video Tutorial for Using the Maps (15 minutes).