A flexible, reliable, scalable and profitable smart thermal grid for the Research Park in Zellik.
A flexible, reliable, scalable and profitable smart thermal grid for the Research Park in Zellik. The Research Park in Zellik contains a collection of interlinked prosumers, including a 1.5 MW data centre, a start-up incubator and 70 companies from different sectors (with classical boilers). It will serve as a living lab to develop, test and validate innovative technologies and services in real-life conditions for the smart thermal grid of the future. Where existing thermal grids typically use high temperature residual heat, the consortium wants to develop a hybrid thermal grid at lower temperatures by combining different technologies. Considerable use will be made of residual heat from a green data centre, supplemented with decentralized or central production, heat recovery and energy storage systems that can be connected in a flexible way. Advanced technologies and control systems will be tested and regulatory aspects and innovative operating models will be investigated.