European Technology and Innovation Platform
RHC Renewable Heating & Cooling

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is the body responsible for setting the objectives of the RHC-ETIP's Cross-cutting Technology Panel (CCP), to provide guidance to all Focus Groups of the Panel and to monitor the implementation of its activities.

The CCP Steering Committee is currently composed of 8 Members, representing industry, research, academia and relevant European associations. The diverse professional and educational background of the experts brings significant added value to the activities of the CCP and of the entire RHC-ETIP.

The current members of the Steering Committee are listed below:

  • Ralf-Roman Schmidt (AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH) – Chair
  • Liisa Fransson (RISE- Research Institutes of Sweden) – Vice-Chair
  • Wim van Helden (AEE INTEC) – Vice-Chair
  • Wolfgang Birk (Luleå University of Technology)
  • Johan Desmedt (EnergyVille/VITO)
  • Dirk Mangold (Solites)
  • Cédric Paulus (CEA LITEN)
  • Nicole Pini (EIFER)

The CCP Steering Committee played a pivotal role in the RHC-ETIP with regard to the definition of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and the development of the Technology Roadmap. The experts are responsible for fostering an integrated approach to research in renewable heating and cooling, in order to create the right conditions for the RHC-ETIP’s Common Vision to become reality through the contribution of cross-cutting technologies and skills.

The first phase of the RHC-ETIP ended successfully in 2014. Since its establishment in 2008, the European Technology and Innovation Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-ETIP) has elaborated and published a series of documents: 

2011: The Common Vision of the Platform

2012: The Strategic Research Priorities of the Solar Thermal, Biomass, Geothermal   and Cross-Cutting Panels 

2013: The Common Research and Innovation Agenda

2014: The Technology Roadmaps of all four Panels and the Common Implementation Roadmaps

Within Horizon 2020, the European Commission is expected to focus its funding, on the research topics described in these roadmaps. If you have not yet had the opportunity to read the roadmap, it can be downloaded at:

We are now entering the implementation phase of the roadmaps, when we expect to reap the fruits of all the time and efforts we invested over the last few years. The RHC-ETIP has clearly established the need for intensifying research, development and market deployment of the  renewable heating and cooling (RHC) technologies. Now we have to fight for the necessary resources to implement the roadmaps.