Projects on renewable heating and cooling
The projects section aims at tracking the ongoing projects in the area of renewable heating and cooling with focus on those which are funded at EU level. Available since 2019, this database currently includes more than 120 projects and it was officially presented during RHC ETIP’s annual conference 2019, in Helsinki.
Each project displays a logo, the project acronym, a short summary and information about patners and the corresponding funding programme. You can look for a specific project by using the filters listed on the side of this page!
The RHC-ETIP projects’ database has been growing and features a robust collection of national and international projects on renewable heating and cooling. The possibility to submit projects via an online form is possible since September 2020.
Promote Geothermal District Heating Systems in Europe
The objective of the GEO-DH project is to accelerate the uptake of geothermal district heating (GEODH), for ensuring security of supply and substitution of fossil fuels.Today, geothermal district heating (DH) technology is under developed although deep geothermal potential is significant and competitive. To reverse this situation it is necessary to identify and address the current barriers affecting the development of geothermal district heating.
SEasonal PErformance factor and MOnitoring for heat pump systems in the building sector
The project aimed at overcoming market barriers to a wider application of heat pumps, namely the lack of robust data on the conditions "in real installations" influencing reliability and seasonal efficiency, i.e. the seasonal performance factor (SPF) of heat pump systems across Europe. The objective was to get a broader acceptance of heat pump systems and improved quality assurance for heat pump systems in the building sector.
Sustainable Heat and Energy Research for Heat Pump Applications
Sustainable energy systems, such as heat pumping technologies, provide an efficient use of renewable energy from the ambient and of waste heat sources. Typical applications are space heating, domestic hot water and processes with combined heating and cooling. Doubling the number of heat pumps in Europe by 2010 would increase the annual energy and CO2 emission savings to 100 TWh and 40 million tons respectively. To achieve such an ambitious target on European level and to support the creation of a strong market impact, in addition to the European Heat Pump Association, EHPA (policy, strategy and marketing) and the European Heat Pump Network, EHPN (dissemination of information, Website) a dedicated project towards SMEs is jointly proposed GRETh (Heat Equipment Association) and EHPA This project deals with the development of heat pumps that are cost-energy efficient and in compliance with the future environmental regulations.
GeoAtlantic – Boosting local ecosystems for the use of geothermal energy in the communities
The GeoAtlantic project aims to promote the use of geothermal energy in the communities through the joint development of tools and methodologies that make possible the creation of favourable local ecosystems, both for heat and power.
Multi-level actions for enhanced Heating & Cooling plans
The STRATEGO project aims at supporting national authorities to draft their National Heating and Cooling Plans (NHCP). The project will use the results of the studies Heat Roadmap Europe (www.euroheat.org) under which an assessment of the European potential for efficiency in heating and cooling has been carried out together with the mapping of thermal resources and demands. STRATEGO will first fine-tune these results and then use these results to support local authorities in taking action so that they can help their national authorities in preparing and developing NHCPs.
European Liaison on Electricity Committed Towards long-term Research Activities for Smart Grids
The ELECTRA Integrated Research Programme on Smart Grids (ELECTRA) brings together the partners of the EERA Joint Programme on Smart Grids (JP SG) to reinforce and accelerate Europe’s medium to long term research cooperation in this area and to drive a closer integration of the research programmes of the participating organisations and of the related national programmes. ELECTRA’s joint research activity and collaborative support actions build on an established track record of collaboration and engagement. Together, the JP SG and ELECTRA will establish significant coherence across national research efforts critical to the stable operation of the EU power system of 2020+.
Coupling REnewable, Storage and ICTs, for Low carbon Intelligent Energy maNagemenT at district level
Growing investments in distributed energy resources (DER) – renewable distributed energy generation combined with demand response, energy storage, plug-in electric vehicles and active management of distribution networks – will require new business and technology platforms to manage the increased level of diversity and complexity of global energy management. The increasing variability of both generation and loads will also require more sophisticated and decentralized decision making.
The Heat4Cool concept proposes innovative, efficient and cost-effective solutions that support EU energy efficiency policies through an optimal integration of relevant rehabilitation systems. The project develops, integrates and demonstrates an easy to install and highly energy efficient solution for building retrofitting. The process that begins from the Heat4Cool advanced decision-making tool, (which addresses the building and district characteristics ) and leads to the optimal solution.
As stated in EU Strategy for Heating and Cooling, “large-scale demonstration projects of energy-efficient and low/zero-carbon technologies are needed to help reduce technical and market barriers by providing robust data to evaluate their performance in each market segment”. At this purpose SunHorizon aims to be a breakthrough demonstration to market project involving 21 partners’ expertise and 8 demo sites all around EU focusing its Research and demonstration activities on “reducing system costs and improving performance as well as optimising existing technologies for heating and cooling applications and for some of the most promising market segments”.
Saving Energy in Europe’s Public Buildings Using ICT
To substantially reduce peak and overall demand for energy and water across EU public buildings, the project will develop a service comprising innovative ICT-based energy decision support, awareness and management service components. Decision support is provided directly to city energy managers and other professionals responsible for building performance, and to building users, both staff and visitors to the building, including school pupils and university students and the general public, enabling all to optimise their energy-related behaviour based on up-to-date meter feedback on energy consumption.