The joint project of ZIB, ProCom GmbH and Vattenfall Wärme Berlin AG "Holistic and multi-objective optimization of extension planning for sustainable district heating systems (MOTIF)" aims at an integrated approach for the optimization of extension planning in complex district heating systems over the entire economic planning horizon. The integration of several objective functions as well as the expansion of the planning horizon create high modelling and computational challenges. In the quest of resolving these issues, the project will investigate innovative modelling approaches and acceleration strategies for mixed-integer optimization, implement prototypes and validate these results on realistic scenarios for the district heating system of Berlin.

The project is funded from December 2019 to November 2022 within the 7th Energy Research Programme of the Federal Government by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.