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.
TEMPerature Optimisation for Low Temperature District Heating across Europe
The technical and economic viability of today’s district heating (DH) networks are undermined by transitions to highly efficient building stocks and ineffective business models which fail to benefit all stakeholders. TEMPO tackles this by 1) innovations to create low temperature (LT) networks for increased network efficiency and integration options for renewable and residual heat sources; and 2) new business models to boost network competitiveness and attractiveness for stakeholder investment.
New Business Opportunities for Solar District Heating and Cooling
Solar district heating (SDH) plants are a large-scale solar thermal technology supplying renewable, zero-emission heat from large solar collector fields via district heating networks to residential and industrial areas. Long term experience is available from demonstration projects in Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Austria. The commercial application of SDH is presently starting in some countries. In particular in Denmark, where SDH is operated at feasible heat costs, the realisation of plants is booming. Newcomer SDH activities are developing e.g. in Italy, France, Spain and Norway.Innovative business models with SDH can create additional benefits.
Regional strategy for efficient districts in Navarre (Spain)
The purpose of this project is to carry out an integral energy renovation project in districts as a regional strategy against climate change via energy saving and use of renewable resources (biomass) in a social district of Pamplona. The strategy would start being applied in the Pamplona district of Chantrea to be extended later to other Pamplona districts and towns of Navarre.
Solar Thermal in Major Renovations and Protected Urban Areas
Article 13 of the 2009/28/EC Directive requires minimum share of renewables for new buildings and major renovations. Given the current very low construction rate for new buildings, renovation play a key role for addressing a large part of the building stock, thus assuring a fruitful implementation of the Directive.However, building codes very often do not allow a wide use of renewables, because their scope just include only new buildings and not renovations and since building located in protected areas are often exempted, even though the extension of these areas is actually relevant.
Energy-Hub for residential and commercial districts and transport
The ambition of this project is to enable the utilisation of the full potential of renewable energy (up to covering 100% of the energy demand on district level). In order to reach this goal, the E-hub concept is developed, which is crucial for the implementation of such a large share of renewables. An E-Hub is a physical cross point, similar to an energy station, in which energy and information streams are interconnected, and where the different forms of energy can be converted into each other and/or can be stored.
Energy Local Storage Advanced system
Storage is one of the core elements of the forthcoming energy supply system to enable an increasing local production of renewable energy sources (RES) with fluctuating power output. Storage is actually a key enabler to accelerate the Smart Grid transition, as outlined by European climate and energy policy. ELSA does not only give additional life to electric vehicle batteries before they are recycled, but also creates stationary storage solutions that comply with the high safety standards required for electric vehicle batteries in a cost-effective manner. ELSA proposes scalable, easy-to-deploy energy storage solutions for factories, large offices and residential buildings and districts.
Uptake of Solid Bioenergy in European Commercial Sectors
The Bioenergy4Business (B4B) project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme, was realised by an international consortium led by the Austrian Energy Agency between January 2015 and August 2017. The project addressed the key societal challenge of providing secure, clean and efficient energy for heating purposes in Europe. The projects’ main focus was to create demand for mid-scale biomass heating systems within selected heat market segments, for which individual small scale systems for space heating became less competitive.
Fair RHC Options & Trade
The purpose of FROnT initiative was to promote a level playing field for Renewable Energy Sources - Heating and Cooling (RES-H&C) in Europe, and develop strategies for its greater deployment.Created in March 2014 and co-funded by the IEE programme, FROnT was a consortium of national energy agencies, research institutes, NGOs and trade associations.This initiative strived to improve knowledge and understanding about the costs of heating and cooling, about how support schemes can be effectively designed, and about how information can be made clear and transparent for consumers.In order to support the efficient and cost-effective implementation of NREAPs, the FROnT initiative has identified strategic policy priorities at national and European levels which will support a stronger uptake of RES-H&C solutions.
RES Heating and Cooling – Strategic Actions Development
The RES H/C SPREAD project aims at developing six regional pilot plans in the field of the heating and cooling with renewable energies. The project involves six pilot Regions pertaining to as many European countries representing the EU main climatic zones, with a prevalence of the Mediterranean nations. The planning exercise aims at setting harmonized and standard baselines to better allow the developers to set their targets and policies.
Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for Greenport Venlo
The objective is to significantly increase the share of renewable/waste energy supplies as part of the District Heating and Cooling Networks in three areas on Greenpark Venlo in The Netherlands.The aim is to provide heat, cold and electricity on a sustainable manner for all buildings (existing and future) on the site, thereby closing the chain of energy demand. An important part of the proposed action is to replicate the projects on area level and to inspire other local authorities. Energy is very important both for the three municipalities and the province united in the public body DCGV and for the agricultural-industrial companies on Greenport Venlo (energy is a major part of their cost structures and sustainability is becoming more and more important for their businesses).