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.
An innovative solar-powered cooling device, based on climate-friendly refrigerant and thermal energy storage
The COOLSPACES 4 LIFE project aims to demonstrate the use of renewable energy in the cooling systems of public buildings and the application of low GPW refrigerant mixtures. It will install a prototype comprises the following subsystems: a newly designed CFR-based cooling subsystem driven by PV panels; short-term cold energy storage subsystem using phase change materials; cooling and domestic hot water subsystems.
Copenhagen Airport: a Lighthouse for the introduction of sustainable aviation solutions for the future
The ALIGHT project will address the global need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and other air emissions in order to adapt to climate change and promote a sustainable future. It will do so through the development and demonstration of two sustainable solutions to be implemented in Copenhagen Airport (the Lighthouse airport), namely 1) the supply, implementation, integration and smart use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and 2) the development, integration and implementation of smart energy system (including renewable energy sources, energy storage and energy management).
Shallow geothermal energy – the green and effective heating and cooling grids of the future
The purpose of the COOLGEOHEAT project is to increase the production of renewable energy, from land surfaces to the collective heating and cooling supply in the green cities and rural areas of the future.
Local energy transition strategies going for climate change
The main objective of the LETsGO4Climate project is to accelerate the production of renewable energy and behavioural changes related to energy consumption. To this end, a methodology developed by the Centre-Val de Loire region (“citizen appropriation of the energy transition”) will be implemented in 18 territories within a common regional governance scheme.
The Integrator-centric approach for realising innovative energy efficient buildings in connected sustainable green neighbourhoods
PROBONO brings together a European multidisciplinary consortium of 47 partners, construction and consulting entities, public asset service managers, municipalities, technology solution providers and experts, to turn the six European districts (PROBONO´s Living Labs) into Green Building Neighborhoods (GBN), with positive energy balance and zero carbon emissions: two large-scale demonstrators (Madrid and Dublin) and four living labs representing business/owner promoters of the green buildings and neighborhoods’ transition (Porto, Brussels, Aarhus, Prague).
Massify district heating and cooling from renewable energy sources to reduce CO2 emissions of buildings
The HEAT&COOL LIFE project aims to increase the number of district heating and cooling networks powered by renewable energy sources and/or waste heat recovery, in order to reduce the CO2 emissions of the building sector. This main objective will be achieved thanks to: a reduction in the heating and cooling demand of buildings already connected to district heating and cooling networks by going from a gain of 46,900 tons/year of CO2 from existing networks in 2017 to around 125,000 tons/year by 2026 due to an increase in the size of these networks by removing legal and economic barriers.
Hybrid coupled networks for thermal-electric integrated smart energy Districts
HYPERGRYD aims at developing a set of replicable and scalable cost effective technical solutions to allow the integration of RES with different dispatchability and intrinsic variability inside Thermal Grids as well as their link with the Electrical Grids, including the development of innovative key components, in parallel with innovative and integrated ICT services formed by a scalable suite of tools for the proper handling of the increased complexity of the systems from building to Local Energy Community (LEC) levels and beyond, accelerate the sustainable transformation, planning and modernization of District Heating and Cooling (DHC) toward 4th and 5th generation. HYPERGRYD also aims at developing real time management of both electrical and thermal energy flows in the coupled energy network complex, including the synergies between them.
Power and heating sector coupling through district heating networks for sustainable future
One of the most recognized solutions is so called sector coupling – connection of various energy sector to achieve balancing of intermittent electricity production from renewable energy sources. District heating, in combination with heat pumps, is more than suitable technology for power and heating sector coupling. In order to secure the role of district heating in future energy systems with high share of variable renewable energy source, the impact of different boundary conditions such as district heating supply temperature, heat pump source temperature and availability, has to be studied.
Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil Free Technologies
Three technical work packages are included. The core WP focuses on development of best practice for applying co-creation to the adoption of low carbon approaches to heating. The other work packages apply co-creation in two key modes: firstly to develop city strategies for low carbon heating, with practical experience informing guidance on a structured approach for other cities and towns to follow. Secondly, co-creation informs the selection of specific low carbon heating technologies in current buildings in each of the four states of the 2 Seas region. These solutions will be implemented to replace fossil fuel systems in one building in each state, allowing us to assess the practical experience of implementation and the operational performance of the newly installed technology.