UpgradeDH: Upgrading the performance of district heating networks in Europe

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  • May 2018 to September 2021

The aim of the UpgradeDH project is to improve the performance of inefficient district heating networks in Europe by supporting selected demonstration cases for upgrading and later replicating the experiences to similar cases. 



The Upgrade DH project supports the upgrading and retrofitting process of district heating systems in different climate regions of Europe, covering various countries:


  • Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Denmark
  • Croatia
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Poland
  • The Netherlands


In each of the target countries, the upgrading process will be initiated at concrete DH systems of the so called Upgrade DH demonstration cases (demo cases). The gained knowledge and experiences will be further replicated to other European countries and DH systems (replication cases) in order to leverage the impact.


Core activities of the Upgrade DH project include collecting the best upgrading measures and tools, supporting the upgrading process for selected district heating networks, organisation of capacity building measures on DH upgrading, financing and business models, as well as the development of national and regional action plans. In addition, an awareness raising campaign for modern DH networks will be carried out in the framework of the Upgrade DH project. The project outcome is intended to be the initiation of district heating upgrading process in the above mentioned target countries and beyond.


Watch the kick-off video with Alessandro Provaggio from DHC+ and Dominik Rutz from WIP GmbH, project coordinator of UpgradeDH.



The project is coordinated by WIP GmbH from Germany and encompass another ten participants from 7 different European countries, who are as follows:

  • Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH, Germany
  • Lietuvos Silumos Tiekeju Asociacija, Lithuania
  • UAB Salcininku Silumos Tinklai, Lithuania
  • Javno Preduzece Elektroprivreda¬†Bosne i Hercegovine DD*, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • AGFW-Projektgesellschaft fur Rationalisierung, Information und Standardisierung MbH, Germany
  • Sveuciliste u Zagrebu, Fakultet Strojarstva i Brodogradnje, Croatia
  • COWI A/S, Denmark
  • Optit S.r.l., Italy
  • Hera S.p.A., Italy
  • Euroheat & Power, Belgium


May¬†2018 –¬†September 2021


Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme




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