How will we heat in the future?

In order to be able to provide heat in a climate-neutral manner, a large proportion of existing heating systems in Germany will have to be replaced with appropriate alternative heating systems, such as heat pumps and district heating connections. The choice between solar thermal, biomass, fuel cells, or hydrogen-fueled boilers depends on various factors. Some of these heat sources can provide heat particularly efficiently at low temperatures in heating systems, which is why in some cases, a coupling of different heat sources can make technical, ecological, and economic sense. For regionalized prioritization of heat sources, a structured comparison of them via different analysis methods is suitable.

Specifically, we look at the following questions:

  • Which technologies will cover the heat demand in Germany in the future?
  • Which GHG abatement measures are most (cost-)effective?
  • How can heat applications at high-temperature levels be converted to renewable energies?
  • What role can heat pumps, solar thermal, biomass, and geothermal play?
  • What role can synthetic fuels play in heat?
  • How can waste heat be integrated into the heat supply?

Below You Will Find our News, Publications, and Projects on the Topic

More Publications on Topic (3)

  • Heating cost comparison
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  • How can heat supply technologies be prioritized in the context of strategic heating transformation planning?
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  • Impulse Speech in the Tiefstack Participation Process - Action Plan for Successful District Heating Transformation (study "Green District Heating")
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More Projects on Topic (6)

  • Heat pumps along watercourses - analysis of the theoretical potential in Bavaria
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  • WARAN - Integration and grid-serving usage of heat
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  • Sustainability of woody biomass
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  • Municipal heat plan for the city of Augsburg – a cooperation of municipality, municipal utility and the FfE
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  • Climate-neutral Heat Supply in Munich 2035
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