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Introduction to 5th generation district heating and cooling (5GDHC)

  • Contract education
  • 0,2 EC
  • English language
  • No certificate or proof of registration
  • Free of charge
  • Completely online
  • In cooperation with D2Grids Interreg NWE project
  • Voor dit product gelden ingangseisen

The EU Heating and Cooling Strategy aims to reduce the thermal energy demand as well as increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix. However, the process of replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources in the heating and cooling sector has been slower than in electricity generation, as renewables currently provide only 23% of that consumption (Eurostat 2020). In that regard, 5th generation of district heating and cooling (5GDHC) comes forward as a promising solution. Low-temperature, and demand-driven, these networks fit very well with energy efficient homes and reduce overall energy consumption by capitalizing on energy exchange between prosumers.

Are you interested to learn more about 5th generation district heating and cooling (5GDHC)? The D2Grids project is providing such opportunity. Open Universiteit, together with other D2Grids partners (BRGM, VITO, Greenflex, Mijnwater, ASPER), has  developed a course on 5GDHC.


The course offers theoretical video lectures spiced up with real examples from the project pilot sites. For enthusiastic and advanced learners, the course provides additional reading materials, developed within the project. The course participants can accomplish assignments to check their understanding of the materials. To share ideas and thoughts, a discussion group is available for the participants.


What will you learn in this training?

The 5GDHC course offers the opportunity to gain exclusive knowledge and experience about 5GDHC from experts involved in implementing innovative district heating and cooling.
In this course you will learn about 5GDHC principles, key performance indicators, advantages and disadvantages of the technology, differences of 5GDHC from other generations of district heating (and cooling), environmental aspects and possibilities of upgrading existing heating and cooling networks.


Duration of the course
It is a self-study course with a lead time of 2-6 hours (1 week).


D2Grids is an Interreg North West Europe (NWE) project lasting over 4 years (2018-2023) which aims at increasing the share of RES used for heating & cooling through accelerating the rolling out of 5th Generation District Heating and Cooling (5GDHC) concept.




We don't provide a certificate or proof of registration after finishing this free course.


Some basic knowledge of the district heating concept is required.


Sign up
For each registration with the Open University, a participant has to create a username. This also applies to this course. We ask gender, date of birth and place of birth for this registration, because this way we can link the username to a unique person. We have set up this check for every form of enrolment/registration at the Open University. 
Registration is possible by pushing the red button 'Aanmelden' on this page. 
If you don't have an OU account, then first registrate at mijnOU (top right on this page) and create a username (gebruikersnaam) to get a login. Please click on the link to get an English registration manual and guide to change the language in the learning environment yOUlearn.

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Who is the training intended for?

This course is ideal for those who would like:

  • to expand their knowledge about 5GDHC;
  • to learn what technologies are used in 5GDHC;
  • to know how to start and implement 5GDHC (coming in third module).

The course is aimed at participants from industries, technology suppliers, small and medium-sized enterprises and actors on the energy market, but other participants are also welcome to attend the training.


Registration conditions
Please read our registration conditions (available in English) first.


Price information
This course is free of charge.

Extra informatie


If you would like more information about this specific course, please push the red button 'Contact' on this page.