In Europe, there is a clear long-term objective to decarbonise the energy system, but it is very unclear how this will be achieved in the heating and cooling sector. As a result, there is currently a lot of uncertainty among policymakers and investors in the heating and cooling sector, primarily due to a lack of knowledge about the long-term changes that will occur in the coming decades. HRE4 will enable new policies as well as prepare the ground for new investments by creating more certainty in relation to the changes that are required.
Post date: 27 Oct 2016
On 17 October 2016 the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced a new funding scheme called “central heating for cities”. The first part of the £320m fund will be used for upgrading heating in towns and cities to supply low carbon and recycled heat. This will also potentially reduce heating costs. Recycled heat includes waste heat from factories, power stations and even the London Underground.
Read more about the scheme and the announcement by the Minister of State for Energy at the link provided below.
Post date: 24 Oct 2016
District energy in cities - Unlocking the potential of energy efficiency and renewable energy
Post date: 21 Oct 2016
The final event of the EU-financed SmartReFlex project will take place from 24 to 25 November 2016, in Kolding, Denmark, presenting and discussing the key findings and experiences on increasing the diffusion of smart and flexible district heating and cooling (DHC) systems in European cities, based on high shares of renewable energy sources (RES). The event focuses on further steps towards implementation, including financial support, as well as replication to other regions.
Post date: 11 Oct 2016
District heating based on local renewable energy sources is becoming more and more an appealing solution for small communities in search of energy independence and of a stable price for their thermal energy supply. Such solutions often foresee a strong and direct involvement of the customers who could even own, at the same time, their heating grid by constituting a cooperative company to run the business.
Post date: 23 Sep 2016
INDIGO is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project carried out by 6 partners from across Europe that aims to develop a more efficient, intelligent and economical generation of District Cooling (DC) systems by improving the existing system planning, control and management tools. This will be achieved through two specific objectives.
Post date: 21 Sep 2016
Europe´s premier District Energy event.
Our future depends on the choices we make today! Heating and Cooling are together the largest single source of energy demand in Europe, and this demand is currently met largely by fossil fuels.
Choosing District Energy means saying NO to spending on imported fossil fuels, and YES to investing in efficiency infrastructure and renewable energy at the heart of our communities. Policy-makers at EU, national and local level are beginning to embrace this reality, with encouraging consequences for network operators, cities and citizens!
Post date: 29 Aug 2016
In der Initiative EnEff:Stadt werden innovative Forschungsprojekte gefördert, mit dem Ziel, den Energieverbrauch von Stadtquartieren zu verringern. In diesem Rahmen werden, neben der Entwicklung neuer Technologien und Planungsinstrumente, vor allem Pilotprojekte bei der integralen Planung, Umsetzung und messtechnischen Evaluierung von Stadtquartieren unterstützt. Eine besondere Gruppe von Projekten sind die Campusvorhaben. Innerhalb der Forschungsinitiative gibt es derzeit vier laufende Vorhaben, die als Ziel haben den Energieverbrauch eines Universitätscampus signifikant zu...
Post date: 8 Aug 2016
The UK government has announced that ₤320 million will be invested over the next 5 years in schemes to support (local) district heat networks in cities. Heat networks are already used widely across Scandinavian cities to ensure space heating and hot water in buildings. The heat can be generated from various sources including large heat pumps, combined heat and power plants and deep geothermal plants but also from waste heat of factories and offices. The government sees a potential to reduce the heating costs by more than 30% for some households.
Post date: 5 Aug 2016
Plan4DE (Plan for district energy) is an Excel-based modelling tool to assist in determining the viability of district energy in a certain district or neighbourhood area, based on the existing or planned urban form within that district area. It is intended to be used as a “pre-pre-feasibility” tool during the development of community, secondary or neighbourhood plans, to assist planners in understanding the relationship between built form, energy demand, and the potential for district energy.
Post date: 14 Jul 2016