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ForCity District Heating and Cooling Solution

District Heating & Cooling

Keep up with the changes above ground

4D Simulation to master energy transition and grid expansion


ForCity’s District Heating solution comes to Germany

District Heating and Cooling, keep up with the change above ground

ForCity developed ForCity District Heating and Cooling, a 4-dimension city simulation application customised to address district heating and cooling challenges. Management, strategy, sales, elected officials and even end customers can run simulations through an intuitive and visual interface. Thanks to our powerful platform, all key stakeholders can now easily create, test, compare and share as many scenarios as needed, greatly simplifying decision making and reducing uncertainty.

ForCity District Heating helps operators and cities secure revenue, optimize their investment plans for grid expansion projects and accelerate their sales.

Which buildings will we be able to connect most easily?
When and how can we expect to reach our objectives ?
Will it be profitable, what risks will we face?

How do you plan and operate efficiently a district heating and cooling network over two decades? Difficult decisions, combined with a lot of iterations between different teams, end up reducing initial ambitions. While these decisions are often made on the basis of the "least worst scenario", what cuts costs today will most probably negatively impact your next investment.

In the district heating sector, 20 year concessions are no exception. Policies such as housing renovation or energy consumption incentives can bring drastic changes to projected needs. In Germany for instance, heating energy demand per square meter dropped by 50% over the past 20 years. Meanwhile, network costs remain and operators are left trying to balance their budgets.

Simply projecting investments is not enough : operators need to be able to optimize investments by anticipating the effects of external factors such a policy, demographic shifts, new transportation infrastructure... With ForCity District Heating and Cooling, the ability to simulate the future is now accessible at all levels. What was once depending on the expertise and know how of technical teams is now made available to a much wider audience.

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Urban planning and energy efficiency

Accurately forecasting demand despite changes

The city is constantly developing: above ground, underground and most of all, unevenly. Even smaller scale changes such as renovations or the purchase of more energy efficient domestic appliances can throw off demand forecasts. Bigger, broader phenomenons or policies such as global warming and energy transition requirements can further throw off projections. In order to keep up with a decreasing energy consumption, networks must constantly grow, increase their density or find interconnections.

  • Forecasts energy demands across the entire city, including its catchment area
  • Adjusts to new loads by integrating urban projects
  • Simulates the energy consumption over the entire span of a contract
  • Pinpoints expansion and grid connection potentials

Better informed investment strategies

Network expansion and densification scenarios can be optimized according to numerous goals, such as resilience, coincidence factor, energy transition or even poverty reduction. District heating systems need costly investments yet provide fundamental structure to the city: investment must be optimized according to urban development constraints and must strive to minimize disturbances.
In addition, annual expansion plans must take into account new infrastructure, planned construction sites, recorded installations. This requires collaborating with the city or metropolitan authorities in such a way that all stakeholders can access and communicate any changes effectively.

ForCity District Heating and Cooling:

  • Models connectable substations
  • Simulates development plans and communicates the most relevant scenarios
  • Generates optimized network geometry, taking into account all sets of constraints
  • Reduces negative externalities

Automatic Network Extension Generator

Define an optimal network growth plan, taking into account urban, technical and financial constraints. Visualize the optimized extension routing and analyse investment, profitability, marketing and environmental indicators.

Boosting your sales effort thanks to a powerful tool

Whether it is being expanded or densified, heating and cooling districts impact many actors with their own constraints and needs. To reach the optimal scenario, multiple scenarios need to be explored, and parameters such minimal thermal density threshold, maximum length, altitude, individual or grouped connection, high pressure / low pressure can greatly weigh on the projected outcome. Which is why they lead to numerous iterations between specialist departments (technology / sales), city administration (city planning, energy, transport). This also includes customers and potential customers who want to see and test connection scenarios before committing.

Insight and support throughout the sales cycle

  • Checks the economic viability of any connection in a few clicks
  • Supports communication with other departments and customers
  • Simulates building connection costs in real time
  • Shows the advantages of connecting houses to district heating

Energy demand forecaster

Estimate and locate on the map the energy demand of your city, today and over the next 25 years to increase the resilience of your scenarios.

Strengthen partnerships with local authorities

In the face of stronger accountability and tighter budgets, cities require better mid-term and long-term overview. In addition, transparency and release of open data are increasingly requested and required by legislation. The increase in volume, access and literacy for data has local authorities' departments are looking for a common reference system in order to test, assess and communicate policy decisions to the general public.
While public consultations or working groups can easily picture the impact of an urban highway or a new parc, underground networks such as urban heating districts are invisible infrastructure, for which investments are less tangible.

ForCity software

ForCity District Heating & Cooling

  • Digitizes and shares district heating data
  • Visualizes impacts of urban development projects on district heating networks
  • Makes investments visible by displaying evolution of energy transition KPIs
  • Provides your contribution to the city’s energy master plan

ForCity District Heating and Cooling

a cloud-based application available 24/7, from any device, with seamless data formatting, scaling and integration.