The WEDISTRICT consortium met in Madrid, to kick-start their ambitious innovation project.

In the 14th century, the French village of Chaudes-Aigues in the volcanic region of Auvergne established the first operational district heating system in the world. Wooden pipes were transporting water from a hot spring to a network of approximately 30 houses. This plant is considered the birth of district heating and was based on 100% renewable energy – geothermal energy.

Engineers and industry experts have joined forces in the European Innovation Project WEDISTRICT (smart and local reneWable Energy DISTRICT heating and cooling solutions for sustainable living) to create four 100% fossil free heating and cooling solutions across Europe. They will integrate different sources of renewable energies and excess heat in new and existing district heating and cooling systems in Spain, Romania, Poland and Sweden.

In Luleå, North Sweden, the heat generated in a data center will be fed to an existing district heating system using fuel cell technologies.

The H2020 project will run for 42 months and end in March 2023. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 857801.