EXTRAQT uses a river regeneration model to accurately analyse the potential of rivers to be used as a renewable heating and cooling source.
The model serves to:
- Simulate river temperatures as a result of real life conditions.
- Create aquathermal potential maps of any river along its entire trajectory. Know how many cities, projects, buildings can be aquathermally connected to the river.
- Constantly monitor the thermal impact of heat and cold extractions, to check if any environmental regulations are violated.
- Monitor the downstream effects of your project or city & estimate thermal regeneration behaviors.
What is the added value for you?
- Know the potential of a river to heat and cool a certain region.
- Know the impact of any heat or cold extraction before the installation is even build.
- Monitor the environmental impact on the river before and after installations are build.
Let us give you an example:
To get an example of the power of aquathermal heating and cooling, hover and click over the image underneath. It will show casestudy results for the aquathermal potential of the Dyle between Leuven and Mechelen. In the casestudy, a scenario is evaluated where aquathermal heat pumps are connected to the Dyle to give heat to all the buildings within 1 km from the river. Clicking on the cities in the image gives more info on the analysed heat demand, clicking on the river Dyle gives an overview of the thermal impact when these heat demands would be extracted. In the figure below, red areas represent areas of high heat demand located mostly in the city centers.
Download this article (in Dutch) to get more information and results on the potential of the Dyle as a sustainable thermal source.