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.
Smart and local reneWable Energy DISTRICT heating and cooling solutions for sustainable living
The overall objective of WEDISTRICT is to demonstrate DHC as an integrated solution that exploits the combination of RES, thermal storage and waste heat recycling technologies to satisfy 100% of the heating and cooling energy demand in new DHC and up to 60-100% in retrofitted DHC. For this purpose, the focus of WEDISTRICT is large-scale replication of best practice: better valorisation of local resources, like renewable and waste heat by making District Heating and Cooling networks more efficient in relation to the use of new resources.
Biogas production from non-food lignocellulosic biomass waste.
The EU-funded BioFuel Fab project is developing a self-sustainable and versatile energy solution to ensure this process is economically profitable and environmentally sustainable. Specifically, it is applying a digestion (high-temperature and high-pressure pre-treatment) process that makes woody biomass (derived from trees) suitable for anaerobic digestion. Overall, this innovative solution is expected to put the profitability of biogas production from lignocellulosic waste material on par with existing biogas plants that use energy crops as feedstock.
Single-step disentanglement and fractionation of microalgal high-value products through acoustophoresis
Microscopic algae are single-celled organisms. Highly effective producers of biomass for biofuel production, these little organisms are poised to play a major role in industrial-scale production of clean renewable energy. However, only a small portion of their biomass is used in this way. The rest is a treasure-trove of natural compounds of great interest to markets such as biopharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals. These are currently wasted because biorefineries cannot cost-effectively retrieve them. AlgCoustics is developing a pioneering extraction technique that promises to isolate them in a single step, providing incentive to biorefineries while also supplying natural compounds-of-interest to numerous other industries.
Market Uptake Support for Intermediate Bioenergy Carriers
The EU-funded MUSIC project aims to improve market uptake of three IBC types – pyrolysis (bio-oils), torrefaction (solid products) and microbial oil. It will do so by developing feedstock mobilisation strategies, improving biomass logistics and developing IBC trade centres. As part of concrete case studies regional feedstock mobilisation strategies will be developed. New platforms will stimulate regional discourse in Finland, Greece, Italy, and Sweden. The project will also offer practical guidance that will serve as input for informed policy, market support and financial frameworks.
Digital twin for biomass boilers
The EU-funded DT4BIOMASS project is developing a biomass boiler computer model that is more suited to simulating any biomass boiler so that biomass operators can easily incorporate the technology. The researchers are employing complex simulation techniques to model any part of a biomass boiler.
Feasibility study for low-carbon emission Heat Pump
Heat pumps for domestic heating and hot water supply are currently a niche technology in many EU countries, but they are increasingly expected to form an important role in a low carbon future. This is largely because a future of rapidly decarbonized electricity supply is imagined, in which using electricity via heat pumps is one of the lowest carbon emission heating options To address the problem ECOinstal, a company with 16 years of consolidated know-how on the Romanian market and provider of solutions for the Swiss, German, Austrian and Hungarian market takes a different approach in comparison with the existing solutions and developed the new type of the Heat Pump - ECOPUMP.
Forthcoming Research and Industry for European and National Development of SHIP
The FRIENDSHIP project will aim to demonstrate that solar heat can also be a reliable, user-friendly, high quality and cost-effective resource to meet the heat requirements for other industrial sectors as Textile, Plastics, Wood, Metal and Chemistry. To this end, the project plans to bring together research centres, industry leaders, technologies & heat suppliers into the same consortium in order to unite skills towards the boost and control of the heat supply temperature according to processes needs.Different coupling of technological and control innovations will be investigated: optimization of heat transfer coefficients; coupling and reliability of different solar technologies; introduction of high-temperature heat pumps; combined heat storage bringing flexibility on both solar and process loops with guarantees of continuous operation as well as plug-and-play integration; thermal chillers for cooling demand; and smart control to ease operation of the overall installation according to the process specifications.
Real-time optimal control of the CO2 heat pump system for residential use
The aim of this project is to develop efficient real-time optimal control (RTOC) for the carbon dioxide (CO2) heat pump as a part of a building energy supply system and validate its reliability experimentally.
Low Temperature, Urban Waste Heat into District Heating and Cooling Networks as a Clean Source of Thermal Energy
LIFE4HeatRecovery aims to demonstrate a new generation of highly efficient district heating (DH) networks. By means of reversible heat pumps used either for heat recovery or heat utilisation, the project’s networks will recover urban waste heat sources available at low temperature, i.e. lower than 40°C. This will be demonstrated both in district heating networks operated at conventional temperature (third generation, with supply temperatures of about 70- 90°C) and in DH networks operated at low temperature (fifth generation, with supply temperatures of about 15-25°C).
Waste Heat Recovery in Industrial Drying Processes
The overall objective of the DryFiciency project is to lead energy-intensive sectors of the European manufacturing industry to high energy efficiency and a reduction of fossil carbon emissions by means of waste heat recovery to foster competitiveness, improve security of energy supply and guarantee sustainable production in Europe. The project addresses three sectors, namely brick, pet care/feed and food industry. The results are however of major relevance for a number of other energy-intensive industries such as e.g. pulp and paper industry.