The Renewable and Waste Heat Recovery for Competitive District Heating and Cooling Networks (REWARDHeat) is a European project led by the Accademia Europea di Bolzano (EURAC) which includes 28 partners and has the overall objective of: demonstrating a new generation of low-temperature district heating and cooling networks, which will be able to recover low-grade renewable and waste heat available at low temperature. Focusing on the exploitation of the energy sources available within the urban context allows to maximize the replicability potential of the decentralized solutions developed in the project.
REWARDHeat will promote punctual metering, thermal storage management, network smart control as means to enable and optimise the exploitation of renewable and waste heat in DHC networks.
At the same time, this approach permits a change of paradigm with respect to the business models devised: thermal energy will not be seen as a commodity anymore, rather it will be sold as a service to the customers.
SuperHomes provides a ‘one stop shop’ deep retrofit service for domestic homes in Ireland. The SuperHomes 2030 project aims to dramatically scale this service over 3 years, increasing completed retrofits from 100 houses in 2019 (€6M) to 500 houses in 2023 (€36M)
The expanded and improved Superhomes service would result in 48 GWh savings (between 2020 and 2023) compared to a Business as Usual scenario of 27GWh. This ambition will be achieved through the development of:
- 4 Regional SuperHome One Stop Shops which will engage 80 High-Performance Contractors to deliver quality retrofits nationally.
- capacity building and training for homeowners/surveyors/contractors/technical staff (>200 people trained)
- attractive finance solutions independent of public finances, financing >€67m per annum by 2030
- optimisation of technical analysis and design systems and solutions.
- creation of open-source energy performance data platforms that demonstrate the value of undertaking nZEB retrofits to the market
The HP4All project aims at enhancing, developing and promoting the skills required for high quality, optimised Heat Pump installations within residential/non-residential buildings, bringing Europe to the forefront of the climatisation sector.
The project objectives are:
- Design Heat Pumps competency & excellence skills framework.
- Enable end-users/clients to demand high-quality solutions
- Increase the number of skilled workers
- Replicate the project at national and EU-Level
The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-ETIP), officially endorsed by the European Commission since October 2008, aims at playing a decisive role in maximising synergies and strengthening efforts towards research, development and technological innovation which will consolidate Europe’s leading position in the sector. As a result, the whole society will benefit from the increasing contribution of renewable heating and cooling to the European Union’s 2020 – 2030 – 2050 targets!
The RHC-ETIP brings together stakeholders from the biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors – including the related industries such as district heating and cooling, thermal energy storage, and hybrid systems – to define a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling.
Building on the experience matured since 2005 within the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP), now incorporated in the RHC-Platform, five major European organisations – EUREC, AEBIOM, EGEC, ESTIF and EHPA – are leading the process towards the definition of a joint Vision and Strategic Research Agenda for the renewable heating and cooling sector.
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GeoAtlantic‘s challenge is to develop methodologies and tools through cooperation to facilitate energy transition and the use of renewable sources in several local communities. A multidimensional approach will be developed through the improvement of the institutional, technological, industrial and social environment.
The project objectives are:
- Develop cooperation between private and public actors and researchers through the articulation of the value chain of geothermal energy in a particular community or local territory.
- Promote the development of local policy frameworks and support tools for promoting energy transition and geothermal energy.
- Empower communities and local authorities to provide an effective response from the energy point of view to the climate change threat.
- Increasing social acceptance of renewable energy, especially geothermal by local communities.
- Raise awareness about the relevance and business opportunities of geothermal energy.
SunHorizon has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
The EU funded SunHorizon project aims to develop heat pump solutions (thermal compression, adsorption, reversible) that will act properly coupled with advanced solar panels (PV, thermal, hybrid) providing heating and cooling for residential and tertiary buildings. During the project five technology packages (TP) will be designed and demonstrated in eight different demos across EU climates (Germany, Spain, Belgium, Latvia) in small and large scale buildings. Moreover, a cloud-based monitoring platform will be realized for the development of data driven algorithms and tools for predictive maintenance and optimize the TP’s management.
Perception, markets and regulatory frameworks in heating and cooling is a project commissioned by the European Commission. It analyses the perception of users and non-user of heat pumps and DHC with respect to these technologies and outlines the main factors that govern energy decisions in industries, households and the public sector. Furthermore, it looks into existing regulations concerning DHC and HP, provides an overview of costs of heat from heat pumps and DHC for different consumer types. Finally, it gives an overview of tradable elements of EEOS.
The overall objective of the DryFiciency project is to lead energy-intensive sectors of the European manufacturing industry to high energy efficiency and a reduction of fossil carbon emissions by means of waste heat recovery to foster competitiveness, improve security of energy supply and guarantee sustainable production in Europe. The project addresses three sectors, namely brick, pet care/feed and food industry. The results are however of major relevance for a number of other energy-intensive industries such as e.g. pulp and paper industry.
The DryFiciency consortium will elaborate technically and economically viable solutions for upgrading idle waste heat streams to process heat streams at higher temperature levels up to 160 °C. The key elements of the solution are two high temperature heat pumps: a closed loop heat pump for air drying processes and an open loop heat pump for steam drying processes. DryFiciency consortium’s work will focus on increasing energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions by:
- Demonstrating and evaluating two DryFiciency heat pump technologies in three industrial plants
- Generic design approach to replicate the technology in a range of industries in both newly constructed and existing plants
- A certified training programme to make engineering know how available and promote industry uptake.