District heating is an important sector in the energy industry of the Czech Republic, providing heat needs to 1.7 million households and a significant share of industrial heat demand.
The Czech Republic is one of the countries with a traditionally high share of district heating systems (41% of households). However, there is still considerable space for improvement in terms of distribution network and technology efficiency.
District heating has to face many challenges today. The most significant is the slightly decreasing heat consumption over the long term. This is due to lower demand for heat from both the industry (the importance of heavy industry is decreasing, companies are investing in energy savings) and households (thermal insulation of houses, disconnection from district heating systems, installation of measuring and control devices).
Heating plant operators invested more than EUR 770 million in the greening of their plants between 2013 and 2017 and significantly reduced emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and dust in the air. Currently the biggest polluters are local heating and household boilers.
With regard to the fuel mix of heat produced by the CHP (75%), the dominant fuel is brown coal, which makes up more than half of the fuel consumption. For heat produced in a separate mode of production the dominant fuel is natural gas.
The purpose of this Service Pitch Book is to relay the availability of replicable, bankable examples of DH-retrofits for both energy efficiency (EE) and integrating more sustainable energy sources (i.e. RES and/or excess heat, ExH), as well as providing information about national contexts, especially useful to audiences outside a particular country. It highlights the pilot DHSs which have been actively participating in KeepWarm’s activities, giving them visibility as well as stimulating networking opportunities to reach out to them directly for improving DH even further.
This Showroom has been translated into the languages of KeepWarm project partners. Please find here the Czech version.
KeepWarm Guidance Document
This guidance document has been created as a means of helping you navigate some of the key issues involved in upgrading your district heating (DH) by using more sustainable energy sources, namely from a variety of viable renewable energy sources and/or excess heat harvestable from industrial/commercial processes. Integrating and fully-switching to these greener DH alternatives makes sense not only at an operational level, but is greatly supportive, if not essential, for the successful implementation of a variety of Europe’s flagship policy initiatives.
This Guidance Document has been translated into the languages of KeepWarm project partners. Please find here the Czech version.
The tailor made Capacity Building programm for Czech Republic covers training topics identified by Czech Republic DHS operators and staff during the needs assessment phase. The highest priorities have been given to technical topics, RES and EE topics including waste to energy aspects, financial topics and managerial topics. The trainings have been evaluated through anonymous questionnaires by the trainees.
Replicable DHS demo cases
Development of České Budějovice district heating plant didn't stop, even during two-month state of emergency
Even the two-month state of emergency, which ended a few days ago in the Czech Republic, did not stop the development of the České Budějovice district heating plant, one of the three KeepWarm district heating demonstration cases in the...
ČEZ has started building a heat pipeline from Temelín to Budějovice, to cover a third of the city's consumption
ČEZ began building a 26-kilometer-long hot water pipeline between the Temelín nuclear power plant and České Budějovice. The costs are 1.445 billion Czech crowns (approximately 54 Million Euros). Temelín heat should cover 30%...
EU project proves decarbonisation of heating and cooling to be cost-effective with existing technologies
Is it really worthwhile to aim at low-carbon heating and cooling systems? Is it possible to achieve this with existing technologies? Those questions were answered on the basis of solid data by the soon-to end EU-funded Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE4)...
Country project partner
The Association for District Heating of the Czech Republic is an interest group of legal entities and entrepreneurs in the field of heat supply. It is promoting the development of district heating systems and combined heat and power generation as an effective and environment-friendly way of primary fuel energy utilisation. Within KeepWarm TSCR supports the development of pilot DHS projects in the Czech Republic and is responsible for the Sustainable Adoption Roadmap.