Key facts

Duration: 48 months

Members: more then 50



COST Action Positive Energy Districts European Network (PED-EU-NET) main objective is to drive the deployment of Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) in Europe by harmonising, sharing and disseminating knowledge and ideas on PEDs across different stakeholders, domains and sectors. It will support cities and empower communities to achieve the city-wide positive energy transformation with pioneering ideas, methods and solutions.

To achieve this, the COST Action will perform the scientific tasks structured into 4 interlinked Working Groups:

  • PED Mapping, Characterisation and Learning;
  • PED Guides and Tools;
  • PED Laboratories, Monitoring and Replication;
  • Dissemination, Outreach and Exploitation.

These tasks will enable the creation of a common knowledge pool on the state-of-the-art development in PEDs and based on the existing information, and ultimately to devise methods for PED characterisation that will promote a better and faster implementation of PEDs throughout Europe. This COST Action will also study and characterise existing technical and non-technical guides and tools that support PED design, planning and operation.

Overall, the PED-EU-NET will collect and explore success factors for PED implementation, generating insights on the best practices, tools and methods that contribute to its success and provide recommendations for future PED implementation all over Europe. All these methods and impacts will be monitored and evaluated during the project and dissemination actions will be carried out to share the knowledge outside the PED-EU-NET consortium.


  • Coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems
  • COST Actions consists of over 50 partners working on PED projects from all over Europe and other parts of the world

NEW R&D scope

NEW R&D aims to identify best practices and success stories of other European PED projects and share its experience from projects such as POCITYF and SPARCS, working more actively in WG2: PED Guides and Tools


Fraunhofer ISE; LNEG; University of Stavanger; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Czech Technical University in Prague; IREC; TNO; AIT; CIEMAT; Sapeinza Università di Roma; VTT; EDP NEW; others.