Starting a project

  • The emergence of a DHC project can be carried by different stakeholders. It can address an existing demand from the future end consumer (materialized by an expression of interest), it can also be promoted by lobbying actions from key players from the sector. Public policy can also influence the deployment of a DHC grid. This non exhaustive list of potential initiators demonstrates the needs for a facilitator tool to evaluate, communicate and confirm interests.
  • During feasibility study, designers are consulted to evaluate potential interest of a DHC infrastructure realization. The designers evaluations must be based on knowledge on the potential demand, on the local resources (geothermal, biomass…). In order to rapidly deploy 5GDHC, this new technologies must be considered from the early stage of the project
  • Funding is a major issue in DHC. Investors are reasonably not confident enough in projects which economic viability has not been demonstrated yet. The decision making of financing is generally based on risks evaluations. Furthermore, 5G technology is more expansive than usual grids (low temperatures, electrical/thermal coupling…)
  • As 5GDHC is a distributed power generation, supply, demand and payment procedures will be disrupted by new technologies. Consumers will have to be more active, new business models must be identified and new players will probably appear.