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.
ENRSYS (Integrated Thermal Energy Reduction, Recovery & Re-use in Autoclave based Composites Processing)
The ENRSYS project has successfully developed a first of its kind integrated, computer controlled, heat recovery, reuse & thermal energy management system centred on the autoclave with potential re-use of thermal energy in the post-cure ovens or autoclaves, and possibly in the clean room air filtration/cooling system. The system operates by extracting heat from the autoclave to match existing cooling rates that are specified by material manufacturers. The heat is stored in specially designed thermal stores and the control system manages the process of heat storage to maximise the potential and efficiency for reuse.
OPtimization of a Thermal energy Storage system with integrated Steam Generator
OPTS project aims at developing a new Thermal Energy Storage (TES) system based on single tank configuration using stratifying Molten Salts (MS, Sodium/Potassium Nitrates 60/40 w/w) as heat storage medium at 550°C maximum temperature, integrated with a Steam Generator (SG), to provide efficient, reliable and economic energy storage for the next generation of trough and tower plants. The three-year experimental program will be focused to the full development of the integrated system (TES-SG) up to demonstration level. The SG, with natural recirculation of the MS, can be either positioned directly into the tank (Pool-type) or as an external shell-and-tube once-through SG (Loop-type) with piping system and pump.
Developing Cryogenic Energy Storage at Refrigerated Warehouses as an Interactive Hub to Integrate Renewable Energy in Industrial Food Refrigeration and to Enhance PowerGrid Sustainability
Greater direct use of renewable energy resources means that the electricity grid is either dependent on weather variations or on tidal flows. Too little, or too much, energy may be generated and there is little control of when the energy is generated. This provides an issue for grid stability as energy production is not controllable. The problem is likely to become more severe with the increasing application of renewable energy resources, especially as the EU aim to generate 20% of the energy used in Europe from renewable sources by 2020.
Energy savings from smart operation of electrical, process and mechanical equipment
The drive across the world towards energy efficiency and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is leading to new industrial processes and new ways of operating existing processes. In particular, the control and operation of industrial processes is becoming more integrated giving new opportunities for energy saving through equipment management, automation, and optimization.
The Smart Building Networks
The Smart Building Networks (BuildNet) program will develop optimizing controllers capable of coordinating the flow of power to and from large networks of smart buildings in order to offer critical services to the power grid. The network will make use of the thermal storage of the structures and on-site micro generation capabilities of next-generation buildings, as well as the electrical capacity of attached electric vehicles in order to intelligently control the interaction between the network of buildings and the grid.
Integrated Thermal Energy Reduction, Recovery & Re-use in Autoclave based Composites Processing
Develop an integrated, computer controlled, heat recovery, reuse & thermal energy management system centred on the autoclave with re-use of thermal energy in the post-cure ovens or autoclaves, and possibly in the clean room air filtration/cooling system. The proposed system will extract heat from the autoclave to match existing cooling rates that are specified by material manufacturers.
The STREAMER project
STREAMER is an industry-driven collaborative research project on Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) with cases of mixed-use healthcare districts that aims to reduce the energy use and carbon emission of new and retrofitted buildings in healthcare districts in the EU by 50% in the next 10 years. Such districts are the best real examples of neighbourhood with integrated energy system consisting of mixed building types (i.e. hospitals and clinics; offices and retails; laboratories and educational buildings; temporary care homes; rehabilitation and sport facilities).
GEO PAC RET an Innovative Heat Pump for Geothermal district heating in Europe
While Europe undertakes an energy and ecological transition toward cleaner way of producing electricity, transportation and heating remains highly dependent of fossil fuels. We believe that heating systems in Europe could be rapidly transformed into low carbon systems using geothermal sources coupled with efficient heat pump, and that this transformation can be done with great benefit, a reduction of the cost of energy and the use of a well-known almost unlimited resource: the geothermal energy. Technologies are available, the potential is big, regulatory barriers are low, but new players are required to make things change on the market at a greater scale.
Next Generation of Heat Pumps working with Natural fluids
The main objective of the project is the development of several reliable, safe, high efficiency and high capacity heat pumps working with the two most promising natural refrigerants: Hydrocarbons and CO2, together with a set of improved components and auxiliary devices adequate for the efficient and safe use of the two refrigerants.
The objective of this project is to develop new innovative products and advanced test methods for a next generation of compact combined renewable energy systems based on solar thermal and heat pump technology for space heating and hot water preparation, using breakthroughs in ICT, new materials and technology. The goal is to achieve 25% energy savings compared to current state of the art systems, with still competitive prices on the market.