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.
Accelerate positive clean energy districts
Our overarching goals are to i) Make cities healthier, inclusive and climate-neutral; ii) Speed up and scale up the deployment of cost-effective PCEDs solution packages.
Pathway towards Climate-Neutrality through low risky and fully replicable Positive Clean Energy Districts
NEUTRALPATH aims at demonstrating that PCEDs designed and implemented under participative and human-center principles are cost-effective and feasible solutions to contribute significantly to the cities’ transformation towards climate-neutrality, allowing to speed up the process even to reach SCOPE 2 emissions reduction in 2030.
European facility on Molten SALT technologies TO power and energy system applications
The project will advance using molten salt as energy storage by creating the reference European facility for testing such technologies. Working with other dedicated research infrastructure in Germany and Italy, the University of Evora in Portugal will increase understanding of materials, components and procedures. The project will create a common research strategy to test technologies based on molten salt for energy storage as well as dispatchable power production solutions for the integration of different renewable energy sources and power and gas grids.
Advanced HYBRID solar plant with PCM storage solutions in sCO2 cycles
The HYBRIDplus project will pioneer the next generation of concentrated solar power systems, providing greater energy storage capacity and increased dispatchability with lower environmental impacts. Utilising phase change material technology and integrating recycled metal wool, researchers will convert concentrated solar energy into stored thermal energy utilising a new high-temperature supercritical CO2 cycle, providing abundant energy ready for use. This ground-breaking approach will provide high volume, efficient and accessible energy without environmental drawbacks.
Ferroic Materials for Dynamic Heat Flow Control
Unravel the interactions between phonons and domain walls to reach higher thermal conductivity variations, and lead to ground-breaking thermal switches and diodes. These thermal switches and diodes will be compatible with a large range of devices and have an impact in many fields critical for our transition toward a sustainable future (e.g. solid-state refrigeration, solar panels, thermoelectric devices).
PLOCAN Tested Optimised Floating Ocean Thermal Eenergy Conversion Platform
The overall objective for the project is to achieve a successful demonstration of the novel designs and materials for an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) platform capable of converting solar heat energy stored in the oceans surrounding the Overseas Countries and Territories of the EU, Small Islands and Developing States, and the Asian and African continent into reliable, baseload power with an economical cost model.
Efficient Compact Modular Thermal Energy Storage System
The project will provide a TES system able to store energy for heating and cooling in building applications for a period of at least four weeks. The novel TES system will be based on a closed-loop TCM reactor insulated by PCM and equipped with an ice storage, again integrated with PCM, for high cooling energy demand. The thermodynamic cycle has been designed to benefit from a further PCM thermal buffer tank, breaking through the closed-loop concept by compensating the energy for humidification with its latent heat. An advanced heat pump will be finally dedicated to the power conversion during the thermal charging process of reactor and PCMs storages, increasing the overall performance.
Renewable and Environmental-Sustainable Kit for building Integration
The RE-SKIN project aims at developing an integrated and multifunctional system for energy retrofit of existing buildings, organised in two main subsystems, roof and façade, combined with the building's HVAC system. The roof is equipped with a hybrid photovoltaic-thermal system, which produces electricity and heat and at the same time thermally and acoustically insulates the slab beneath. Electricity, from retrofitted photovoltaic modules, powers the building's loads, which interacts with the grid and EV charging stations. Heat is used by a heat pump for heating and hot water preparation.
Plug&play energy management for hybrid energy storage
PARMENIDES aims to develop a new ontology by extending existing ontologies to provide a knowledge base, with a focus on the elec-tricity and heating domain for buildings, customers, and energy communities. It will support different use cases, focusing on the utilization of Hybrid Energy Storage Systems (HESS). Besides the representation of storage technologies, information about energy community customers, their behaviours, and components including their relation will be part of the ontology, providing a standardized vocabulary of the domain of energy communities. This further includes technical, economic, regulatory, behavioural, and social constraints to be considered in operation.
A magnetocaloric cooling device that employs triangular-microchannel active regenerators
Current magnetocaloric devices suffer from low practical efficiency. The project intends to address this by optimising microchannel structures in the materials, AMR housing dimensions and control logic. Researchers will use new models to draw up the optimal AMR design and layout, as well as transition temperatures to make a high-efficiency device. Such devices could lead to more efficient heat pumps, helping the EU to meet energy efficiency goals.