Balanced Thermal Grids (BTGs) are channels for the transport of low-energy carriers. Energy is added to or withdrawn from the grid with the help of heat exchangers by those who are attached to the grid. These grids favor resource efficiency in society and reduce energy loss. The technique needed to establish the grids exists and is reliable. However, the institutional framework is missing: The rules and regulations of the state and/or municipalities should at least not hinder the establishment of theses grids, and contracting is made difficult since there are no contracting templates, making it possible for the parties to interact and to solve disputes between them, whether they would be providers or consumers. Pricing mechanisms are missing as well.
The project aims at formulating different scenarios, defining the conditions, economic, technical and legal, to establish and run BTGs.