Leading the way towards sustainable heating and cooling in Europe
Increasing the use of renewable energies has become the primary concern of policy-makers all over Europe. Although it accounts for half of the overall final European energy demand, it is only since the adoption of the Directive promoting the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES Directive), that heating and cooling has been recognized as the third pillar of the energy demand alongside transport and electricity production.
Building upon the success of the former European Solar Thermal Technology Platform, the European Commission has encouraged renewable heating and cooling industries and researchers to join forces into the newly created European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling. The RHC-Platform will play a decisive role in assessing the potential growth of biomass, geothermal and solar thermal energies, as well as in defining the research requirements and priorities needed to develop a sustainable energy supply system in the field of heating and cooling.
In Bilbao on 23-24 February 2010, the First Annual Conference of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling will focus on the newly developed common vision for renewable heating and cooling in Europe. This two-day conference is the ideal platform to discuss the actions needed to unlock the vast Renewable Energy potential in the European heating and cooling sector. A first class panel of speakers presenting the very latest trends and developments within the field, will tackle a broad range of timely topics including EU research funding policy, development and innovation, market outlook in renewable heating and cooling, thermal energy storage, renewable energy hybrid systems, district heating and cooling and large integration of renewable energy sources.
Lastly, but by no means least, our host city will match the exciting promise of the conference itself. Speakers, participants, guests and friends can all expect to be enchanted by the wonderful city that is Bilbao.
We look forward to welcoming you all in Bilbao on 23-24 February 2010 – marking the next milestone towards sustainable heating and cooling in Europe and ultimately mitigating climate change!
Juan Tomás Hernani