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.
Electrical tomography for phase change monitoring
The ET4PCM project will develop the first-of-its-kind, smart, non-invasive impedance sensor to monitor the liquid fraction of PCMs in real time. Development of in silico smart-control tools at a predictive analytics consulting company and deployment of the electrical impedance tomography technology in a real-world system will help ensure success.
Clean and efficient microCHCP by micro turbine based hybrid systems
The system will comprise a double shaft micro gas turbine and a humidification unit. This unique combination is expected to drive high electrical efficiencies (>40 %) and have a very flexible heat-to-power ratio. A flameless combustion system will reduce carbon emission levels. Furthermore, the Fit4Micro unit will be integrated with a compression heat pump, an adsorption system and a photovoltaic array that will work in parallel to produce electric and thermal energy.
Building Energy Efficient System Through Short And Long Spectrum Thermal Energy Storage
Seasonal storage solutions will be a necessary technology for a full decarbonisation of the energy supply system. In BEST-Storage, long and short-term high-energy density storage solutions will be developed and demonstrated in four demo cases around Europe. A thermo-chemical and loss-free storage technology will be developed as a seasonal storage. Two phase change materials slurry concepts and a vacuum insulated water storage will be developed, for cold and warm applications respectively, with the aim of shifting peak load demands. Finally, storage solutions will be integrated within smart building energy management systems featuring model predictive controls to reduce operation cost for short-term applications.
Robust and data-Efficient Learning for Industrial Control
The EU-funded RELIC project will explore a holistic approach to how resources and energy are delivered to the industry via distribution networks. It will explore how incorporating data-driven learning in the design of control algorithms leads to improved environmental performance. Currently, timescales ranging from milliseconds to ensure the safe operation of pumps or generators to days or months make operation complicated. There is uncertainty in terms of the operating conditions and incomplete information. The project will develop new operating strategies for distribution networks.
Enhancement of engineering skills of students of all levels for application of evidence based sustainable renewable energy solutions in the built environment
The project aims at enhancing the knowledge and skills of students (at all levels) in the field of renewable energy technologies to be integrated into the built environment at the Partner Countries universities. The project consists of three main pillars: (i) the modernization of the modules selected within the project at Asian partner universities implementing also distance teaching methods and new laboratory equipment; (ii) the promotion of internships of students and their mobility; (iii) the involvement of external organizations working in the field of the project in order to create an extend network that can increase the impact of the activities during their execution and guarantee the sustainability of the project at its end.
Compact bio-based thermal energy storage for buildings
ComBioTES project brings together research centres, industrial designers, technologies suppliers into the same consortium, to unite skills towards the construction of an enhanced thermal energy storage system, able to lower the costs of energy consumption for individual and private use.
Forthcoming Research and Industry for European and National Development of Solar Heat for Industrial Process
FRIENDSHIP is a project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme coordinated by Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives from Grenoble, France. FRIENDSHIP plans to bring together research centres, industrial designers, 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. It will evaluate to what extent high share of solar heat heating and cooling will allow to reduce the dependence of industrial processes on carbon energies and associated polluting emissions, and to quantify economic gains related to the use of solar energy in a context of a changing fossil fuel market and changing climatic constraints.
The main objective of ASTEP project is to successfully demonstrate the viability of applying solar thermal energy to partially cover heating, and/or cooling demands in two different industrial demo sites located on two different climate regions, and to further develop the implementation of solar thermal energy in industrial processes up to 400 ºC. The first Industrial Site is the dairy company MANDREKAS, located at a latitude of 37.93 N (Corinth, Greece) with a heating demand for steam at 175 ºC and a cooling demand at 5 ºC. The second site is the world’s leading steel company, ArcelorMittal, with a heating demand above 220 ºC for a factory located at a latitude of 47.1 N (Iasi, Romania).
Unlocking the potential of renewable cooling for a decarbonised cooling sector fit for the climate of the 21st century
Renewable cooling needs to be at the center of the supply side strategy to address the decarbonisation of the cooling sector while managing the expected exponential growth in demand. While some technologies are already well established, such as geothermal cooling in large building systems, their potential remains largely untapped. Moreover, further research and innovation can bring to market innovative renewable cooling solutions that provide a different set of benefits – for instance geothermal absorption cooling for district heating or process cooling.
Water Horizon Renewable Energy Solution
Water Horizon is a start-up based in Toulouse, France, created in 2017. It develops innovative thermal storage technology (thermal battery). Water Horizon's vision is to value the heat lost by industries (waste heat). Water Horizon recovers the waste heat and stores it in its battery.Once the battery is charged, it is transported to distribute the stored energy to a distant consumer as renewable energy (heat and cold).