THERMOS software: alpha version demonstrated in Latvia meet-up

11 July 2018

CSE's Josh Thumim put the THERMOS district heating planning software through its paces at the latest project meet-up in Jelgava in Latvia in June.

The software will give planners and the developers of district heating and cooling systems the ability to identify the options for thermal energy networks in any given area accurately, rapidily and cheaply. Jelgava is one of the pilot cities being mapped by the THERMOS software.

"This was effectively the 'soft launch' of the alpha version - that is, the build stage in which we focus on getting the functionality and interface right," said Josh. "Once this is done, we'll iron out any snags, work on the look and feel, and then release the beta version which will be for public viewing.

"The software is still under development, but is performing well, and our partners are pleased with what they saw," he added. "We were able to demonstrate the features that are currently working and share our priorities and future plans."

Josh, who is Head of Research at CSE, even appeared on Latvian TV to talk about THERMOS in general and the software in particular. District heating is a much more familiar concept in Latvia than here in the UK.

The meeting also included a Train-the-Trainers session for partners. More of these are planned for external participants, e.g. from energy companies, local government etc. These will be advertised on the training page of the THERMOS website.

And there was also time for the three CSE staff - Josh, Martin Holley and Tom Hinton - to visit the Fortum biomass district heating plant in the city, Latvia's first large-scale biomass combined heat and power unit.

Also at the project meeting in Jelgava were representatives of all project partners who are drawn from universities, local authorities and city-wide authorities, energy and environmental agencies and specialist consultants. For a list of partners, see our project profile here.

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