Analysis of Industrial 5GDHC System in Ingolstadt

A Step Towards CO2-Neutral Industry




5GDHC Network, Industrial Energy Planning, Sustainable Energy System, Industrial District Heating and Cooling


This study comprehensively examines the technical manifestation and planning process for a shared thermal energy network at a 75-hectare industrial area in Ingolstadt. Unlike traditional systems, this (5GDHC) network showcases a smart integration of energy flows across 70 buildings with a yearly heating demand of around 17 GWh and a yearly cooling demand of around 35 GWh. The network spans over 9,100 meters of piping with diameters up to 800 mm. With thermal power from various sources including 1.8 MW waste heat from a data centre and potential for 10 MW from the Danube River, the system epitomizes a dynamic balance of heating and cooling demands. The paper itself examines the planning process of the system and encompasses topics such as defining energy requirements and load profiles, assessing potential energy sources and sinks for enhanced system efficiency, and analysing pipe and network design. Through this investigation, the study provides valuable insights towards a methodology to facilitate the successful implementation of future industrial 5GDHC systems, furthering the cause of sustainable energy.


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Müller, S. N., Strobel, R., Faigl, M., & Schrag, T. (2024). Analysis of Industrial 5GDHC System in Ingolstadt: A Step Towards CO2-Neutral Industry. International Sustainable Energy Conference - Proceedings, 1.

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