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Hysopt e-Academy: Mastering Heating and Cooling Hydraulics

Are you ready to make your buildings future-proof? Do you want to save costs, lower carbon emissions and optimise the comfort of your buildings? Register now for our May e-Academy about heating and cooling hydraulics.

What is this e-Academy about?

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5 Live Virtual Sessions

Our e-Academy contains of 5 live virtual sessions in which we will focus on how to optimise the efficiency of your heating and cooling installations.

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Application of Hydronics

During the Academy, we will be focusing more on the application of hydronics rather than the theory of hydronics. We will use the Hysopt software as a didactic tool to bring you this content but the training is not a software training in itself.

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Live Support

Every theory session will be followed by an exercise session during which you can ask questions around the exercises provided. These sessions are optional and mostly for those who are planning to get hands-on with the Hysopt software.


Register now and master heating and cooling hydraulics!


Ruben Vos is Heat Network Specialist

Having built practical experience in performance management of heat networks and the development of new heat networks in 2 large energy companies, Ruben Vos now focusses on Hysopt software within the district heating sector. Ruben has a passion to contribute to the the development of efficient and cost-effective heat networks as well as improving efficiencies of existing heat networks.

Ruben Vos Heating Specialist at Hysopt

During 5 sessions you will learn to optimise your hydraulics.

Each session takes 2 hours during which 1 or more Hysopt specialists will talk about the interesting world of hydronics. You will receive a temporary license of the Hysopt software, which will be used as a didactic tool throughout the e-Academy.


Session 1 | 03 - 05 | 14:00-16:00 CET

Optimising heat distribution by correct use of distribution circuits and hydraulic balancing

OPTIONAL: Exercise session 05 - 05


Session 2 | 10 - 05 | 14:00-16:00 CET

Optimising existing heating installations

OPTIONAL: Exercise session 12 - 05


Session 3 | 17 - 05 | 14:00-16:00 CET

Designing hybrid plantrooms with CHP and boiler: unlocking the full potential of a CHP for your heating installation

OPTIONAL: Exercise session 22 - 05


Session 4 | 24 - 05 | 14:00-16:00 CET

Designing hybrid plantrooms with heat pumps and boilers, optimising low-grade and high-grade heat

OPTIONAL: Exercise session 26 - 05


Session 5 | 31 - 05 | 14:00-16:00 CET

Making the right choices when designing heat networks and communal heating systems with HIU’s

OPTIONAL: Exercise session 02 - 06

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Our alumni have their say

Elliot Miles Testimony about Hysopt e-Academy

“I had the pleasure of attending a 5 part course which has enabled me personally, and SWEP as a company, to gain a better understanding of the hydronic challenges faced by designers of heating and cooling networks.” 

- Elliot Miles | Lead Business Engineer at SWEP

Peter Grondelaers testimonial about Hysopt e-Academy

“During this course I learned how important Hydraulic Optimisation of Heating and Cooling Installations is in order to cut energy costs, reduce carbon emissions and optimise the comfort of buildings.”

- Peter Grondelaers | Sustainability Engineer

Carlos Rodriguez testimonial about Hysopt e-Academy

“I was impressed with the course content and the Hysopt Software. Looking forward to use the software for a project soon.”

- Carlos Rodriguez | Principal Engineer at Ramboll

"I gained a better understanding of the challenges design engineers face, and huge opportunity to cut down costs, optimise building systems, and reduce carbon emissions."

- Kishan Patel | Graduate Engineer a Silver EMS


Register now for the e-Academy!

  • 5 live sessions of 2 hours with live support and room for Q&A
  • Hysopt license for didactical purposes during the duration of these sessions, ending 3 weeks after the last session
  • Additional exercises as ‘homework’
  • Support from Hysopt consultants to help with the exercises or other didactical questions related to the topic of the session
  • You will receive a certification at the end of the Academy
  • Flemish subscribers can make use of the KMO Portefeuille for additional discount
    Reference number: DV.O218486
  • Partners receive a 50% discount on the e-Academy.

€1300 / £1200 for 5 sessions

Outline of Theory Sessions


Optimising heat distribution by choosing the correct hydraulic configuration

Session 1 will focus on the distribution of heat and how the hydraulic configuration of this distribution system will impact the performance of the system. It’s easy to get excited about hybrid plantrooms with low carbon heat sources and smart control systems but none of the anticipated decarbonisation will be achieved if the basics of the installation are incorrect. Whilst this might seem elementary to most M&E designers, we still see a poor hydraulic configuration on most of the projects we get involved in. Getting this right should always be the first step in the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling installation and offers the best return on investment.

  • Propagation of power, flow and temperatures
  • Hydraulic Distribution CircuitsDiverting, mixing and throttleCombined hydraulic circuitsActive vs passiveLow loss header
  • Case study


Unlocking the potential of heating installations in existing buildings (Technical/Advanced)

In the race towards net-zero buildings, we should not forget the existing building stock. In this session we will dive into lots of marginal gains to be made in close-to-all existing installations. All this to make better use of the existing assets which might still be good enough for another 10-20 years of reliable service and make them ready to adopt low-carbon heat sources. This will be the most applied session so you will take lots of key learnings with you for your next project.

  • Solving hydraulic incompatibilities and hydraulic balancing
  • Converting constant flow to variable flow
  • Saving pumping energy
  • Decreasing temperature regimes using legacy oversizing
  • Case study


Designing hybrid plantrooms with CHP and boiler: unwrapping the full potential of a CHP for your heating installation (Conceptual/Advanced)

Having optimised many CHP installations with the Hysopt software, we want to spread this knowledge to the sector as we feel there are lots more CHP installation still to be optimised. Whilst CHP is only a transition technology towards a net-zero buildings, it would be a shame not to get the most out of these assets.

  • Combined heat and power
  • CHP sizing with duration curves
  • Hydraulic integration of CHP with boilers
  • Sensitivity analysis for thermal store sizing
  • Case study


Designing hybrid plantrooms with heat pumps and boilers, optimising low-grade and high-grade heat (Conceptual/Advanced)

This session will discuss the use of low temperature heat sources with heat pumps for heating and hot water. More importantly, we will discuss how to integrate these low temperature heat sources in new and existing systems and get the optimal performance from these. We notice that most heat pumps are integrated similarly to a gas boiler or CHP, applying old concepts of integrating high temperature heat sources. A correct hydraulic integration can make the difference in receiving cost-effective heat from the heat pump and expensive heat or no heat at all.

  • Utilising environmental and waste heat for space heating and hot water
  • Heat pump technology
  • Hydraulic integration of HP with boilers
  • Sensitivity analysis for thermal store sizing
  • Combining high and low temperature heat distribution
  • Lowering distribution temperatures in existing buildings: repurposing oversizing
  • Case study


Making the right choices when designing heat networks and communal heating systems with HIU’s (Conceptual/Advanced)

A collective approach for heating residential homes often makes sense to put waste heat to a good use and deploy other low carbon heat sources. A common solution here is to distribute the heat throughout a heat network feeding HIU’s in these homes.

During this session we will explain how designing an HIU system is different to a traditional heating system. We will touch upon the basics as well as a couple of small but important details which can make or break the performance of such a system.

  • Designing a heat networkFlow rate calculation with diversified demandsPipe sizing of risers, laterals and underground pipes
  • Heat interface unitsDirect vs indirect HIUKeep warm functionBalancing HIU systems
  • Good practice vs best practice
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th generation heat networks
  • Case study


What happens when I can't make it to one of the sessions?

We will send you the recordings of each sessions after they have taken place. This way you can watch the sessions whenever you have the time.

Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

Yes, we will send you a certificate after completing the e-academy. This certificate verifies that you have completed the course and fully understand the ins and outs of hydraulics.

In which language will the e-Academy be presented?

All 5 sessions will be presented in English (non-native). Additional questions can be asked in English or Dutch.

How to apply for KMO portefeuille?

You can apply for your KMO portefeuille subsidie via the vlaio website. Our Hysopt reference number is DV.O2184786

I have a specific question about the e-Academy or Hysopt.

For specific questions about the content of the e-Academy you can contact your tutor, Ruben Vos at ruben@hysopt.com. For specific questions about Hysopt and the use in projects, you can contact sales@hysopt.com.