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.
Supporting the progress of renewable energies for heating and cooling in the EU on a local level
The progRESsHEAT project aims at assisting local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks. The project’s aim is in line with the objectives of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that require Member States to develop ambitious policies as regards the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in heating and cooling networks.
REnewable Smart Cooling for Urban Europe
It is expected that future cooling energy demand within Europe, especially in urban regions, will significantly rise. Further, it is also known that current processes and approaches are inefficient. District cooling (DC) has the potential to both save energy and money thus contributing to climate and environmental protection by reducing primary energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The small market share of district cooling – below 2%, – corresponds to less than 3 TWh of cooling energy. This is clearly a market with high expansion potential that can support the EU to move towards a green economy and innovation.
Optimisation of District Heating Cooling systems
The OPTi project aspires to create a long-lasting impact by rethinking the way DHC systems are architected and controlled. The overarching goal is to create business benefit for the industry as well as to ensure optimal end-consumer satisfaction. OPTi will deliver methodologies and tools that will enable accurate modelling, analysis and control of current and envisioned DHC systems. The methodology will be deployed both on a complete system level, and on the level of a building(s).
Resource Efficient cities implementing ADvanced smart citY solutions
The project team consist of internationally well known industrial companies, energy supply companies, SME’s, housing companies, universities, consultants and other organisations that formed the consortium to realise the project. All participants are devoted to improve RES integration in energy supply systems and housing standards towards nZEB.
Fifth generation, Low temperature, high EXergY district heating and cooling NETworkS
FLEXYNETS is a H2020 European Project coordinated by EURAC, a research institute based in Bolzano-Bozen (Italy). Traditionally, district Heating and Cooling (DHC) networks distribute energy from a centralized generation plant to a number of remote customers. As such, actual DHC systems are affected by relevant heat losses and unexplored integration potential of different available energy sources into the network. FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of intelligent DHC networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” (15-20°C) temperature levels. Reversible heat pumps will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the demand side, providing the necessary cooling and heating for the buildings.
Balanced European Conservation Approach – ICT services for resource saving in social housing
The BECA project aims to reduce energy consumption in European social housing in order to meet an overall reduction of CO2 emission. BECA will develop a full set of innovative services by including electricity, gas and heating. The pilot sites are located in 7 different countries.
New µ-CHP network technologies for energy efficient and sustainable districts
The EU-funded 'New m-CHP network technologies for energy efficient and sustainable districts' (FC-DISTRICT) project combined several technologies together with new business and service models for a next-generation energy concept today. Dynamic heat exchange between buildings is a central pillar of the concept. Micro combined heat and power (m-CHP) cogeneration systems using highly efficient and cost-effective fuel cells are employed for power generation. Fuel cells generate electricity with no combustion and almost no emissions. Small m-CHP units are located close to the site of use, reducing energy and power losses associated with long transmission and distribution lines and supporting local voltage regulation.
Autonomous Management System Developed for Building and District Levels
An EU team developed a system to optimise the energy consumption of single buildings, groups of buildings and whole districts. The system’s algorithms control flow and production of heat and electricity, and demonstrated substantial savings. The system was designed to control both heating and electricity consumption for individual buildings related groups of buildings and entire city districts.
City-zen, a balanced approach to the city of the future
Currently, over 68% of Europeans live in cities and this number will rise. In 2050, it is expected that 80% of the world population will live in cities. Urban context areas is the place where the transition to renewable energy needs to be, based on a strong involvement of all stakeholders : industries, decision makers, knowledge partners and citizens. All infrastructures can play a role in a zero energy solution, but it all needs to be decided through transparent and cooperative processes. What is noticeable is that different infrastructures are today mixing, supplementing and even substituting for each other.
Affordable and Adaptable Public Buildings through Energy Efficient Retrofitting
Buildings consume about 40% of total final energy requirements in Europe. In the context of all the end-use sectors, buildings represent the largest sector, followed by transport with 33%. To achieve an energy-efficient world, governments, businesses and individuals in their private and professional lives must transform the building sector, which today accounts for 40% of the world's energy use. A multitude of actions are necessary to aggressively reduce energy consumption in new and existing buildings. Necessary changes cannot and will not come through market forces alone.