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.
LIFE21-CET-ENERCOM-CONNECTHEAT | Community engagement for clean heat
ConnectHeat will overcome a major barrier in the H&C sector, since community energy has been so far the almost exclusive preserve of electricity, also because of a lack of comprehensiveness in the transposition of the RED II Directive in several Member States.
Photo Thermal Management Materials
The goal of the EU-funded PHOTHERM project is to fundamentally change how heating and cooling are generated by developing a new class of materials that capture, store and release both solar and ambient heat.
Reactive fluids for intensified thermal energy conversion
A radically new thermodynamic structure, resulting from the use of equilibrated reactive working fluids instead of inert ones. Preliminary calculations have indeed shown that the simultaneous conversion of the thermal and chemical energy of reactive fluids may result in the intensification of these energy conversion processes. This project applies an original methodology that integrates thermodynamic and kinetic predictive tools to discover and characterize suitable reactive fluids, allowing for the quantification of the effects of reaction features on cycle performance and the optimization of the cycles configuration.
A new high-performance and environmentally clean engine for heat pumps, using thermo-acoustics technology
Blue Heart Energy (BHE) has developed a disruptive patented technology, based on thermoacoustics, that significantly improves the performance of heat pumps. With our solution, heat pumps turn into flexible, silent and affordable devices. We do not use any HFC-gases and our system is adequate for both new and existing houses.
The Envola storage heat pump enables the world’s first highly energy-efficient heating, cooling and ventilation system significantly reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in Europe.
Overall, currently the heating and cooling of buildings fosters climate change and causes negative effects on public health. To face this, and to make European buildings more efficient regarding heating and cooling, Envola found the technical solution to bring air conditioning and air heat pumps to the next level of high efficiency.
Complex for long-term storage of excess solar and/or wind electrical energy
We have used the phenomenon of water crystallization for the first time to create a new aerothermal renewable energy source. It can be used (without additional energy sources) to obtain heat and ice from frosty air, which we get: - in temperate regions - with the help of well-known refrigeration plants powered by cheap surplus solar / wind electricity, - from the atmosphere of high-altitude, high-latitude (and not only, for example, states of the Midwest) regions, - from AHP emissions from heat networks. Based on this phenomenon, the COOL ENERGY ice crystallizer tested before the war can be used: - for long-term, environmentally friendly, economical storage of excess solar/wind electrical energy in the form of ice (it is known that HVAC systems consume up to 50% of all generated electrical energy), - to increase the efficiency of photovoltaic panels, - in HVAC systems, water desalination, - for transporting ice (at any distance by water and land).
CBDC powered Smart PerFORrmance contracTs for Efficiency, Sustainable, Inclusive, Energy use
The overall vision of FORTESIE is to design, demonstrate, validate and replicate innovative renovation packages in the building industry with Smart Performance-Based guarantees and financing, aiming at Efficient, Sustainable and Inclusive Energy (ESIE) use to accelerate the Renovation Wave in Europe.
An INClUsive toolBox for accElerating and smartening deep renovation
The InCUBE Suite, integrates digital tools across all 4 pillars, enables for seamless coordination of different renovation phases while leveraging data streaming from multiple interoperable sources to accommodate tenants’ comfort and render buildings active energy nodes in the synergetic energy networks paradigm of the future.
Promoting shallow geothermal heating/cooling for existing residential buildings in the EU
This project aims to develop an efficient incentive mechanism of promoting shallow geothermal heating/cooling for existing residential buildings (SGHCERB) to improve its low energy-saving renovation rate in the EU.
Support stakeholders fora on geothermal systems
The project GEOTHERM-FORA aims at facilitating Research and Innovation (R&I) activities in geothermal systems by supporting the workResearch, development, and innovation (RD&I) are needed to develop renewable technologies, accompanied by market uptake measures