Economically efficient biogas production from manure fibres and straw
An international group of researchers and companies from five EU countries are developing a new treatment concept to extract biogas from organic material that is difficult to convert such as e.g. straw and agricultural waste. The objective is to reach a considerable increase in biogas production from materials that are difficult to convert and at the same time to improve the total economy.
Biomass based energy intermediates boosting biofuel production
Increasing the share of biomass for renewable energy in Europe demands conversion pathways which are economic, flexible in feedstock and energy efficient. The BioBoost project concentrates on dry and wet residual biomass and wastes as feedstock for de-central conversion by fast pyrolysis, catalytic pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonisation to the intermediate energy carriers oil, coal or slurry. Based on straw the energy density increases from 2 to 20-31 GJ/m3, enabling central GW scale gasification plants for biofuel production. The catalytic pyrolysis reduces oxygenates in the oil to 13% enabling power and refinery applications.
Next generation heat pump for retrofitting buildings
The building sector is one of the key consumers of energy in Europe today with an overall rising trend over the past 20 years. In order to achieve the current EU 20-20-20 goals or the targets set in the EU Energy Roadmap 2050, it is essential to renovate and retrofit these buildings and to replace inefficient heating systems based on fossil fuels or direct electric heating. The proposed heat pump technology offers a solution to both present and future challenges.
Mobilising local energy investment for a BiO and WastE district heating Network in Hengelo (NL)
The municipality of Hengelo in The Netherlands is developing a district heating (DH) network which will use waste heat and biogas. The main objective of the DH network is to significantly increase the share of renewable/waste energy supplied to new and existing buildings in Hengelo, thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 57%.
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+.