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 100 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 is growing and by 2021 we will feature a robust collection of national and international projects on renewable heating and cooling. In line with this objective the possibility to submit projects via an online form is possible since September 2020.
The STORM project is an EU-funded project that was running from March 2015 to March 2019. The project tackles energy efficiency at district level by developing an innovative district heating & cooling (DHC) network controller. The project partners have developed a controller based on self-learning algorithms, which is currently experimented in the two STORM demo sites.
Smart and Flexible 100 % Renewable District Heating and Cooling Systems for European Cities
The project aimed to increase the diffusion of smart and flexible district heating and cooling (DHC) systems, based on high shares of renewable energy sources (RES). A mixed project consortium was created, including regional authorities, DHC utilities and consultancy partners,.6 regions in 4 countries (DE, IE, IT, ES) implemented legislative and organisational measures for promoting high-RES DHC.
RepliCable and InnovaTive Future Efficient Districts and cities
The CITyFiED project developed a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and implementing innovative technologies and methodologies for building renovation, smart grid and district heating networks and their interfaces with ICTs and Mobility.
Celsius is a collaboration hub for efficient, integrated heating and cooling solutions supporting cities in their energy transition to carbon-neutral systems. Celsius gathers and shares technical, economic, social and policy expertise. Celsius connects members, exchange and foster innovation, leading to solutions that accelerate sustainable development in Europe and across the world.
Advanced materials and processes to improve performance and cost-efficiency of Shallow Geothermal systems and Underground Thermal Storage
75% of EU Building Stock is energy inefficient meaning that buildings hold untapped potential for renewables and energy efficiency. Such improvement would undoubtedly add to decarbonising the EU economy and ensuring security of supply and cost savings to many households across the EU. Shallow Geothermal Energy Systems (SGES) is stable, reliable and renewable source of energy.
Geothermal Technology for Economic Cooling and Heating
The Drilling technology that is currently used for installation of vertical borehole heat exchangers requires capital-intensive equipment that is expensive to mobilize, leads to deteriorated working conditions and requires experienced teams of specialist operatives. Drilling operations also often require significant quantities of drinking quality water and dispose of dirty water and mud. GEOT€CH aims to implement cost-effective geothermal systems by alleviating the costs associated with drilling boreholes in large size buildings. The GEOT€CH’s approach seeks the maximum use of the foundation structures that are otherwise required, exclusively, for structural and geotechnical purposes in tertiary buildings. Foundation structures such as piles, screen walls and basement slabs will become effective geothermal heat exchangers in GEOT€CH.
Most Easy, Efficient and Low Cost Geothermal Systems for Retrofitting Civil and Historical Buildings
In the area of shallow geothermy of further innovations are needed to provide a pan – European solution base for all the parameter combinations. More efficient borehole heat exchangers and lower cost drilling methodologies/machines adapted to the built environment will be realised as improvement or innovation related to the previous projects. This approach will bring to a easy applicability in the building refurbishment presenting different constrains, to reduce the overall drilling cost in the given geological conditions, will to avoid replacement of heating terminals constructing modular high temperature heat pumps and hence to reduce the deep retrofit costs.
Cheap and efficiant application of reliable ground source heat exchangers and pumps
In order to achieve the objectives of Cheap-GSHPs, a multidisciplinary and complementary consortium has been built, composed by specialists in different disciplines involved (physics, climatology, chemistry, mechanics, engineering, architecture, drilling and GSHE technology). The majority of them have a large and comprehensive experience in the framework of the European Commission (EU) Research Programs and particularly in shallow geothermal systems.
Re-deployable solar boilers based on concentrating solar collecotors for ESCO type sale of thermal energy to industrial processes
Our SME project addresses the vast and under-served market for solar process heat, defined as the provision of solar-generated heat to industrial thermal processes up to 250°C. This market is worth more than 26 billion €/year, with a current penetration rate of traditional solar thermal technologies of less than 0.02%.
Enabling the drying process to save energy and water, realising process efficiency in the dairy chain
ENTHALPY focused on the dairy powder production process and aimed to reduce consumption of energy by 60% and water by 15%. This reduction was achieved through the combination of improving existing and creating new, innovative technologies. The ENTHALPY project examined four key areas along the production chain to achieve overall savings of water and energy through: - more efficient pre-treatment of milk - elimination of fine particles during spray drying - recovery of heat and water present in the used drying air and - more effective cleaning processes.