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.
All Glass Mid Temperature Direct Flow Thermal Solar Vacuum Tube
Thermal solar market is rapidly growing today in the world at all levels, indifferently whether it is related to the application field or temperature levels. Different application or temperature levels are meeting different complexity issues in product or technology implementation. In this project we are particularly targeting the mid temperature range of thermal solar applications from 100 deg C up to 300 deg C. Mid temperature solar thermal heat generation is combinable with a whole series of power generation, industrial and home applications as: o Industry processes heat o Solar Cooling and Heating, residential and service o Solar power plants Products that we are proposing to develop are designated to the wide population of users which are among others members of the partnering SME-AGs (Croatian Chamber of Economy – CCE, Milan Chamber of Commerce – CCIAAMI and the Asociación Nacional de Fabricantes de Bienes de Equipo – SERCOBE), their national complementary associations and the EU umbrella Solar Thermal associations that are supporting this project.
A novel concentrated solar steam system for industrial applications with a high degree of pre-manufacturing at extremely low prices.
Fresnex GmbH has developed a cheap and easy-to-install solar mirror system that concentrates the solar radiation onto a receiver, generating steam directly in the receiver. The steam is used in existing industrial steam systems for production in various industry segments.
All Weather Snow machine driven by Renewable Energy Sources
Climate change is shortening the ski season because of less snow precipitation and of a higher average winter temperature. The lack of snow represents a serious threat for the multi-billion-dollar ski tourism industry. Currently, snowmaking techniques require an air temperature below 0°C and low humidity, thus are not applicable for large part of the season. NeveXN developed a technology able to produce high quality snow at temperatures above 0°, in all weather condition and without any chemical additives.
Sugar Alcohol based Materials for Seasonal Storage Applications
While striving for the reduction of fossil energy consumption and CO2 emission in order to stabilise the world's climate, new ways of collecting and storing heat are needed. One way to tackle this challenge is thermal energy storage that will facilitate and allow for the amplified use of renewable energy sources, increase efficiencies, capture waste heat and provide more flexibility of the energy system at low cost. Thermal storage, however, requires research on high-density storage technology, with the development of advanced phase change materials as well as significant reduction of the associated specific costs. This is exactly what the SAM.SSA project will deliver.
Smart Grid Solaire Thermique
Currently, solar thermal heating networks - known as Solar District Heating (SDH) - are undergoing significant development in Europe. Solar heat networks, for example coupling a biomass boiler to a thermal power plant, are part of many European roadmaps (Smart Cities Initiative, Renewable Heating and Cooling Technology Platform, Energy-Efficient Buildings PPP Roadmap), and meet challenges of European directives on the energy efficiency of buildings and the development of renewable energies.
Solar Brewing the Future
The aim of the project is to demonstrate for the first time the technological and economic feasibility with regard to the integration of large solar plants into the brewing industry. Processes in breweries and malting plants are due to the required process temperatures mainly in the range between 50 and 100 ° C especially for a solar thermal integration, as well as flat and evacuated tube collectors in this temperature range have a good efficiency. To gain practical experience, HEINEKEN plans to install three large-scale solar plants at three different sites: one for the drying process in a malting plant in Portugal, one for the mash process in the Gösser brewery in Austria and one for the pasteurization process in a brewery in Spain. The total installed capacity of the solar installations of all three sites together will be 5.08 MWth, which corresponds to a collector area of 7,270 m².
FREsnel for Solar Heat with New Receiver and Geometry
FRESH NRG will target efficiency of 60% at 250°C with a Linear Fresnel Collector (LFC) optimized for industrial use. Our integrated approach will design, implement and test disruptive innovations in 4 key parts of the value chain. Highly innovative sol-gel coatings will target robustness, durability and performance (transmittance >96%, absorbtivity >95%, emissivity250°C <7%). To increase the annual yield, a LFC design with radically new geometry will target differentiation of the width of the primary mirrors and concentration factor >90 to limit heat losses. Ultra light mirror panels will target safety, durability and reflectivity >93%. Modular “plug-in” components (e.g. clip-on secondary mirrors) will simplify transport and installation.
Solar Heat for Industrial Process towards Food and Agro Industries commitment in Renewables
SHIP2FAIR (Solar Heat for Industrial Process towards Food and Agro Industries commitment in Renewables) aims to foster the integration of solar heat in industrial processes of the agro–food industry. With this purpose, SHIP2FAIR will develop and demonstrate a set of tools and methods for the development of industrial solar heat projects during their whole life-cycle. Demonstration and validation will take place at four real industrial sites, representative of the agro-food sector: spirits distillation (Italy), fresh duck products manufacturing (France), sugar boiling (Portugal) and wine fermentation and stabilization (Spain). SHIP2FAIR is a project developed by 15 partners from all over Europe and with the support of the European Commission.