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.
Uptake of Solid Bioenergy in European Commercial Sectors
The Bioenergy4Business (B4B) project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme, was realised by an international consortium led by the Austrian Energy Agency between January 2015 and August 2017. The project addressed the key societal challenge of providing secure, clean and efficient energy for heating purposes in Europe. The projects’ main focus was to create demand for mid-scale biomass heating systems within selected heat market segments, for which individual small scale systems for space heating became less competitive.
Fair RHC Options & Trade
The purpose of FROnT initiative was to promote a level playing field for Renewable Energy Sources - Heating and Cooling (RES-H&C) in Europe, and develop strategies for its greater deployment.Created in March 2014 and co-funded by the IEE programme, FROnT was a consortium of national energy agencies, research institutes, NGOs and trade associations.This initiative strived to improve knowledge and understanding about the costs of heating and cooling, about how support schemes can be effectively designed, and about how information can be made clear and transparent for consumers.In order to support the efficient and cost-effective implementation of NREAPs, the FROnT initiative has identified strategic policy priorities at national and European levels which will support a stronger uptake of RES-H&C solutions.
RES Heating and Cooling – Strategic Actions Development
The RES H/C SPREAD project aims at developing six regional pilot plans in the field of the heating and cooling with renewable energies. The project involves six pilot Regions pertaining to as many European countries representing the EU main climatic zones, with a prevalence of the Mediterranean nations. The planning exercise aims at setting harmonized and standard baselines to better allow the developers to set their targets and policies.
Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for Greenport Venlo
The objective is to significantly increase the share of renewable/waste energy supplies as part of the District Heating and Cooling Networks in three areas on Greenpark Venlo in The Netherlands.The aim is to provide heat, cold and electricity on a sustainable manner for all buildings (existing and future) on the site, thereby closing the chain of energy demand. An important part of the proposed action is to replicate the projects on area level and to inspire other local authorities. Energy is very important both for the three municipalities and the province united in the public body DCGV and for the agricultural-industrial companies on Greenport Venlo (energy is a major part of their cost structures and sustainability is becoming more and more important for their businesses).
Supporting the progress of renewable energies for heating and cooling in the EU on a local level
The progRESsHEAT project aims at assisting local, regional, national and EU political leaders in developing policy and strategies to ensure a quick and efficient deployment of renewables in heating and cooling networks. The project’s aim is in line with the objectives of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that require Member States to develop ambitious policies as regards the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency in heating and cooling networks.
REnewable Smart Cooling for Urban Europe
It is expected that future cooling energy demand within Europe, especially in urban regions, will significantly rise. Further, it is also known that current processes and approaches are inefficient. District cooling (DC) has the potential to both save energy and money thus contributing to climate and environmental protection by reducing primary energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The small market share of district cooling – below 2%, – corresponds to less than 3 TWh of cooling energy. This is clearly a market with high expansion potential that can support the EU to move towards a green economy and innovation.
Optimisation of District Heating Cooling systems
The OPTi project aspires to create a long-lasting impact by rethinking the way DHC systems are architected and controlled. The overarching goal is to create business benefit for the industry as well as to ensure optimal end-consumer satisfaction. OPTi will deliver methodologies and tools that will enable accurate modelling, analysis and control of current and envisioned DHC systems. The methodology will be deployed both on a complete system level, and on the level of a building(s).
Resource Efficient cities implementing ADvanced smart citY solutions
The project team consist of internationally well known industrial companies, energy supply companies, SME’s, housing companies, universities, consultants and other organisations that formed the consortium to realise the project. All participants are devoted to improve RES integration in energy supply systems and housing standards towards nZEB.
Fifth generation, Low temperature, high EXergY district heating and cooling NETworkS
FLEXYNETS is a H2020 European Project coordinated by EURAC, a research institute based in Bolzano-Bozen (Italy). Traditionally, district Heating and Cooling (DHC) networks distribute energy from a centralized generation plant to a number of remote customers. As such, actual DHC systems are affected by relevant heat losses and unexplored integration potential of different available energy sources into the network. FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of intelligent DHC networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” (15-20°C) temperature levels. Reversible heat pumps will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the demand side, providing the necessary cooling and heating for the buildings.
Balanced European Conservation Approach – ICT services for resource saving in social housing
The BECA project aims to reduce energy consumption in European social housing in order to meet an overall reduction of CO2 emission. BECA will develop a full set of innovative services by including electricity, gas and heating. The pilot sites are located in 7 different countries.