We are delighted to welcome STAC Technology as a new member of Euroheat & Power!
STAC Technology is a R&D engineering company focused on developing thermal driven compressors using water as the refrigerant. STAC is an innovation partner for large industrial companies enabling them to make sustainable cooling solutions replacing synthetic refrigerants using water as the most natural of all refrigerants instead.
DHC+ welcomes HeatConsult
We are happy to see our community growing! On 1 September, HeatConsult joined the DHC+ Technology Platform.
HeatConsult is an international engineering consultancy company specializing in state-of-the-art designs for district heating, district cooling, and gas supply systems. Their experience spans residential, commercial, and industrial district designs in Europe and South America with more than 1000 successful engineering projects completed since 2011.
Results of the 2nd COVID-19 Impact Survey
We would like to thank everyone who has supported our efforts to gather information about the impact of COVID-19 on our industry!
With face-to-face interaction limited, we continue to look for ways to engage our member community online. We are pleased to announce that a new season of EHP’s Mix, Mingle & Meet will begin on 17 September 2020 from 16:00-16:45, we hope you can join us!
Every two weeks these sessions will be hosted in a different city and digital environment, to find out what it is all about, there is just one option – attend!
A new home for #DHCities!
We are delighted to confirm that our new and improved #DHCities website is now online!
The #DHCities campaign was launched in 2019 and aims to highlight that for the district energy community, there is no more important partner than the cities and communities our networks are meant to serve.
Is your city transitioning towards a green, reliable and local heat system with the support of DHC? Fantastic! Are you featured on our map? If no, please share our contact details (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your local municipality. We would be delighted to celebrate the decarbonisation journey of your city because, in the end, we’re all connected!
To see a growing collection of DHC success stories, visitdhcities.eu.
7th Global District Energy Climate Awards – New Date Confirmed
We are pleased to confirm that #21GDECA, the 7th Global District Energy Climate Awards event and ceremony will take place in Bangkok, Thailand on the 11 November 2021 in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Urban Energy Association (APUEA) – Mark your diary!
Don’t forget to visit the new Global District Energy Climate Awards website! Celebrate the best of district energy at – districtenergyawards.org.
#21EHPcong – Forward Together – Call for ideas
Here is your opportunity to participate in our congress brainstorm. YOU are the expert and know what is critical to be successful in our industry. Is there a topic that our events haven’t tackled in the past that you would love to see on the congress agenda? What solutions have you been looking for to help you with implementing big ideas or challenging day-to-day tasks? Submit your fresh, forward-thinking ideas and topics for the programme you need at #21EHPcong!
‘Back to school’: EHP Energy and Climate policy priorities
This fall, the Commission will have a full energy and climate agenda, as it is gearing up to start delivering on the EU Green Deal ambitions. At EHP, the advocacy work is already reaching cruise speed after the summer break.
There have been positive signals for our sector with the publication of the Energy System Integration Strategy in June, which emphasises the need to support modern district heating and waste heat recovery. EHP will continue its dialogue with the EU institutions, in particular, the European Commission, as the measures outlined in the strategy will be considered in the context of the various ongoing impact assessments. The strategy, as well as the Council Conclusion on the Recovery Plan, constitute a good basis for EHP to work with stakeholders to advance DHC in the coming months and longer term.
The 2030 Climate Target Plan should set the direction of travel and outline which sectors should contribute most to a raised decarbonisation ambition for Europe. The Commission is expected to recommend the increased of the 2030 CO2 reduction target to 55%, while the European Parliament Environment Committee is pushing to increase the target to 60% in the context of the discussion on the EU Climate Law. Intense negotiations are to be foreseen on the Council side, as some Member States expressed scepticism to the costs of higher ambition, especially in the global pandemic and economic recovery context.
In September, the European Commission is also expected to publish its final assessment of the Member States National Energy and Climate Plans that should inform the different impact assessment processes.
All of these discussions will influence the EU contribution to the Paris Agreement which should be ready by the end of the year.
In July, the EHP secretariat answered to the open consultation launched by the Commission on the Renovation Wave Initiative, which aimed at gathering stakeholders’ views on building renovation and its barriers, the enabling factors for supportive policymaking and implementation to deliver building renovation, particularly in the context of a post COVID-19 Europe. The Renovation Wave initiative, which has been identified as one of the flagship initiatives of the European Green Deal, will set out an action plan for all those potential building-related legislative and non-legislative policy measures which could be expected in the next months/years. As highlighted in the European Council conclusions on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the EU energy sector in June 2020, it is important for the European Commission to adopt a holistic approach to the renovation wave by stimulating renovation, digitalisation and improvement of district heating and cooling systems.
• State of the Union address by the Commission President: 16 September
• Publication of the 2030 Target Plan: likely 17 September
• Deadline to answer the EED and RED IIA Roadmap consultations: 21 September
• Publication of the Commission final assessment of the Energy and Climate Plans: likely 17 September
• Publication of the Renovation Wave: mid-October 2020
• Adoption of the Climate Law in European Parliament Plenary: 5 October
• Environment Council General Approach (position) on Climate Law: 23 October
DHC+ Research & Innovation News
ReUseHeat creates a web-based visualisation tool
ReUseHeat aims to promote a cost-effective and technically viable decarbonisation of the current heating and cooling system by demonstrating modular and replicable solutions enabling the recovery and reuse of waste heat available at urban level from different sectors in order to cope with the current and future challenges of climate change.
To foster this kind of interventions, it is of great importance to quantify and locate the urban waste heat potential from non-conventional sources in the countries of the European Union. In this sense, a web-based visualisation tool has been created with real information about the potential of urban excess heat using data collected within the project.
Recap: Cities & the Renovation Wave
On Wednesday 10 September, Euroheat & Power co-hosted the webinar “Cities & the Renovation Wave: Impactful District-Level Approaches”, which was organised as part of the Celsius Initiative – a demand driven collaboration hub for efficient and integrated heating and cooling solutions supporting cities in their energy transition.
The webinar focused on the upcoming Renovation Wave and how it will provide support to cities and regions to decarbonise their building stock.
Industry online workshop: Digitalization for optimizing integrated district heating systems
This online workshop was held with more than 100 participants on September 9th, 2020 in the framework of two international cooperation programs: the IEA DHC Annex TS3 “Hybrid Energy Networks“ and the IEA DHC Annex TS4 “Digitalisation of District Heating and Cooling“.
Digital technologies show the potential to make the whole energy system smarter, more efficient, and reliable and to boost the efficiency and the integration of more renewables into the system.
This is also reflected in the upcoming national and European funding schemes in this field. As utilities pointed out, digital applications are enabling district energy systems to fully optimise their plant and network operation while empowering the end consumer via the integration of new business processes. Additionally, digital technologies are a key enabler for sector coupling and hybridisation of the energy system, e.g. the discussed coupling of hydrogen and district heating infrastructures.
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Save the date: The Future Of Thermal Grids
Welcome to an international conference on district heating and cooling organised by Euroheat & Power and the COOLDH project.
District heating and cooling is key to the decarbonisation of Europe and the transition to sustainable energy. District energy networks still has challenges to overcome, but developments in modernizing and digitalizing existing grids and the advances of the next generation district heating and cooling show us the future.
You are invited to a customer focused conference which highlights innovative solutions of low temperature networks and in parallel, technologies to future proof the large systems already in operation. Some of the topics that will be covered in the conference includes 4GDH and low temperature district heating, optimization of existing grids, future energy sources including surplus heat and the use of district heating in areas of new, energy efficient buildings.
DHC+ Education & Training News
The DHC+ Summer School online experience
After months of hesitations and preparations, the 8th edition of the International DHC+ Summer School took place ONLINE from 23 to 29 August. 25 participants from all over the world (incl. Australia) took part in this “roller coaster of activities and experiences”.
They had the chance to attend excellent lectures, an interesting workshop on data analytics, networking activities as well as speed dating with DHC+ members. And, last but not least, they worked hard on the Challenge of this year on “Value distribution using digitalisation”.
The results of the group work were presented to the high-level jury composed of Samuel Henningsson (NetPort Science Park), Anton Koller (Danfoss), Alessandro Provaggi (DHC+), Wolfgang Birk (Luleå University of Technology), Lina Enskog Broman (Swedenergy) and Bertrand Guillemot (Dalkia). They have unanimously chosen the project “Starget” as the winner of this year’s Challenge.
We hope to see the winning team at the upcoming Euroheat & Power Congress in Vilnius or at the next DHC+ Summer School in Karlshamn (a face-to-face edition organised with NetPort Science Park, NODA Intelligent Systems, Halmstad University and Danfoss).
Veolia to operate DH network in Prague’s Right Bank
Through its subsidiary Veolia Ceska Republika, Veolia has signed an agreement to take over Pražská Teplárenská (PT), a subsidiary of the Czech company Energetický a Průmyslový Holding a.s, which runs the district heating network in Prague’s Right Bank. The Veolia Group already operates the network in Prague’s Left Bank so this transaction will strengthen its position in energy services in the Czech Republic and will eventually represent annual revenue for the Group estimated at €230 million.
The network is currently the largest heating network in the Czech Republic. Covering 550 kilometers and with more than 400 employees, it supplies heating to 230,000 homes, municipal installations and tertiary-sector premises on a daily basis.
AI steered district heating – a success in Gustavsberg
In the fast-growing urban area of Gustavsberg near Stockholm, the residents are both close to the city and close to the nature of the archipelago. For several years, the tenants of VärmdöBostäder have also had access to the latest technology in district heating, as the site is a test bed for Vattenfall Heat’s various digitisation projects. Here, with the help of AI, new solutions are being developed to raise the efficiency of heat consumption for the property owner and, at the same time, offer the tenants enhanced comfort.
Drilling for geothermal heating project launched in Vélizy
(via Think GeoEnergy) A planned project to bring geothermal heating to about 12,000 homes has kicked off drilling in Vélizy near Versailles in the greater Paris area in France.
Within a year, Vélizy will have its geothermal station, to heat the equivalent of 12,000 homes. On Thursday, August 27, the drilling site was officially launched by the mayor, Pascal Thévenot, the president of the Île-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse, and the Engie solutions teams.
Hull fires up low carbon district heating vision
(via BusinessGreen) Thousands of Hull residents could soon be enjoying low carbon heat, as a multi-million-pound heating network project this week took a step closer to reality.
“The development of the district heating network is a key strategic and infrastructure project for the city,” said Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for regeneration and economic investment. “This is a fantastic example of the long-term ambitions and vision we have for Hull, which will support us to achieve our environmental goals as well as continue business growth and economic development.”
The buildings heated by human warmth
(via BBC Future) From a stuffy metro station in Paris, to a large shopping mall in the United States, human body heat is helping to lessen the need to burn fossil fuels for warmth.
One of the most ubiquitous sources of heat inside buildings is, of course, the human body. And buildings where, at least in ordinary times, people gather in large numbers have the greatest potential to put that stuffy, human-warmed air to good use. Bustling train stations in particular have proven to be a popular place to experiment with harnessing human body heat.
Sweden has made a name for capturing the body heat in its busy Stockholm Central station – about 250,000 people passed through it each day, pre-Covid-19. That heat is used to warm a 17-storey building named Kungsbrohuset nearby, helping to reduce energy consumption of the building by up to 10%.
“We take in seawater to cool the ventilation in Kungsbrohuset and the Stockholm Central Station,” says Roger Björk, technical manager at Folksam, which owns Kungsbrohuset. “When the water returns, it is pretty hot [warmed by body heat]. Then we recycle the water to generate heat in our district heating system.”