With 6%, the Netherlands is ranked 3rd (after Luxemburg and Malta) with the lowest share of renewables in the energy mix in the European Union. Denmark is ranked 5th on the other end of the EC-ranking with a 30% share of renewables and the highest ranked country without a significant hydropower contribution.
Many decisions to increase the share of renewables are taken at a local or regional level, but many of these organisations do not have tools to plan the energy transition at the municipal or provincial scale. Similar energy transition decisions had to be taken in Denmark 2 or 3 decades ago. Aalborg University has been developing the EnergyPLAN Tool for advanced energy system analysis for two decades. Nowadays EnergyPLAN is a worldwide used tool to support energy system analysis and planning at all relevant scales: municipal, regional and national.
Therefore, Deltares has invited Aalborg University to give a 2-day workshop on the practical use of EnergyPLAN in the Dutch context on 23-24 October in Delft, Netherlands, in order to support decisions making in the energy transition at all relevant spatial scales.
The International District Cooling and Heating Conference, on 24-25 October 2017 in Doha, Qatar, is focusing on key issues to accelerate the development of District Energy to help ensuring that District Energy fulfils its enormous potential. The event will also include the Global District Energy Climate Awards which have offered visibility and recognition to the many communities, cities and campuses around the world that have embraced District Energy as a vital part of their sustainability planning.
Government and non-government actors will gather with the HRE project on 15 Nobember 2017, 16.30 - 18.00 at the Cities & Regions Pavilion at the COP23 in Bonn, to discuss one of the most efficient, and cost-effective, solutions in reducing emissions and primary energy demand: Heat Synergy Regions.
Central to Heat Synergy Regions are resource-efficient, climate-resilient and low-carbon - district heating and cooling (DHC) systems. By using national and local-scale thermal mapping and modeling, complemented by analyses of energy systems’ potential for savings, the feasibility of heating and cooling solutions in general, Heat Synergy Regions can be identified. In order to achieve this, local, sub-national and national governments each have a key role to play, supported by the scientific and industry communities.
Speakers will include, among others, Brian Van Mathiesen, Professor, Aalborg University, Coordinator of HRE4 and Paul Voss, Managing Director, EuroHeat & Power, HRE4 partner.
Places are limited. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
This dynamic conference, CELSIUS Summit - The Power of Networks, will showcase the latest research and technological developments in addition to addressing key challenges faced by cities in the planning, development and optimisation of their district energy systems. Starting with an overview of the latest developments that are happening around district energy networks across Europe – a series of live interviews and films will set the stage for this unique conference. Underlining the theme of the conference, “The Power of Networks”, participants will be encouraged to participate in one-on-one matchmaking sessions as well as intimate round table discussions on specific subjects, key to improving district energy systems in Europe. See the full CELSIUS Summit programme here.
The Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE) Interactive Workshop at the CELSIUS Summit will consist of two consecutive roundtables, each looking at complementary aspects of Heat Synergy Regions for regional energy planning:
The supply of heat through district energy systems is a common technology used by local municipalities across Europe, but far from all are efficient and many of the local actors’ struggle with the challenge of transforming these systems into low-carbon systems.
How could old municipality district heating systems be upgraded, and what are the benefits compared with other heating sources traditionally used in Poland? What are the available financing options and existing support programmes? The workshop will focus on answering these questions and present best-practice local and international examples as well as business models. This workshop will be held on 25 January 2018 in Warsaw and is organised in the framework of the EU-funded Heat Roadmap Europe project.
You can demonstrate your interest by pre-registering, sending an email to BPIE.
The 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating will be held on 13-14 November 2018 in Aalborg.
The workshop was in the same venue as the HRE4 workshop, from 16.00 to17.45.
See programme at progRESsHEAT website.
This workshop was held on the 11th Sept 2017, in connection with the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4GDH. The focus was on various aspects of heat pumps focusing on high-temperature heat pumps as well as the potential of utilising district heating. See more information here.
The 4DH Strategic Research Centre, the RE-INVEST project and Aalborg University invited researchers and experts from industry and businesses to the 3rd international Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating.
The aim of the conference was to present and discuss scientific findings and industrial experiences related to the subject of Smart Energy Systems based on renewable energy and future 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems (4GDH).
The new version 4.2 of the Pan-European Thermal Atlas (Peta 4.2) was launched at the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4GDH, on the 12th September 2017.
Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE) workshop, which took place during the EHPA DecarbHeat Forum, on 11-12 May in Brussels at the BEL.
The session, titled “DecarbCities: addressing the renovation challenge” (11 May, 14.00 – 15.30) will address solutions for turning cities into sustainable living areas using a combination of building renovations, best available heating and cooling technologies and low carbon energy sources.
As one of the keynote speakers, HRE project leader Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen will highlight the importance of energy planning for connecting electric and thermal infrastructures and using energy most efficiently in future cities. Session speakers, joined by project partner ICLEI Europe, will sit on a panel to discuss the best way to help local authorities making informed decisions on how to exploit the available heat sources and reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption in their cities.
DecarbHeat 2017 will collect ideas from energy stakeholders on the next steps towards the vision of a 100% decarbonised heating and cooling sector by 2050 (80% by 2040). The conference addresses the future of heating and cooling policy and will explore scientists and policy makers' visions for a 2050 energy system, including what cities can do to help, the effects of digitalisation on the heating and cooling industry, and perspectives from the industrial sector. The Heat Pump City of the Year Award will be awarded at the event.
For more information about the programme and to register, please click here.
On the occasion of the Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE) workshop in Brussels on Tuesday 7th March, over 80 participants from all over Europe learned about the different types of heating and cooling demand and supply, the exact heating and cooling potential and where it is located. Representatives from academia, associations, the municipal sector, NGOs and the private sector gathered together for the afternoon to consider the how HRE4 results can support with solutions to decarbonise the heating sector on the local, national and European scale.
The event kicked off with words of welcome from Eva Hoos, DG Energy, European Commission and Paul Voss,
Euroheat & Power who both highlighted the importance of science-based tools for decarbonising of the heating/cooling sector. “It will be of great help to have comprehensive package like Heat Roadmap Europe 4 – from which to take inspiration and select tools that are adapted for guiding on this big journey towards 2030 framework.” said Hoos.
David Connolly, HRE Project Coordinator, from Aalborg University went on to provide an introduction and overview of Heat Roadmap Europe 4. “HRE will help save money, carbon emissions, and energy consumption. For years, power plants, industry, and waste incinerators all across Europe have been throwing away enormous quantities of heat and for the most part, this has gone unnoticed.” explained Connolly to the audience. “With HRE, policymakers, planners, suppliers and researchers can make informed decisions, for example by identifying hotspots with Peta4, so that they can replace the energy created by fossil fuel boilers with this excess heat instead. Cities currently spend millions on natural gas to heat their buildings and now they can meet their EU energy targets while also cutting costs for consumers.”
In order to create comprehensive heating and cooling strategies in HRE, an in-depth profile of the heating and cooling sector is required and this was presented next. Tobias Fleiter of the Fraunhofer ISI revealed the detailed profiles compiled over the last months, along with TEP Energy, Utrecht University and Armines, which calculate a complete heating and cooling end-use energy balance for all EU countries for 2015, and which distinguishes major end-uses such as space heating or process heating as well as temperature levels for process heat. The results of this profiling allow for detailed analyses of individual countries and sectors as well as cross-country comparisons.
The long-awaited Peta4 launch then got underway, with background presentations by Bernd Möller of
Flensburg University and Urban Persson of Halmstad University, who provided technical context to the upgraded version of the first ever interactive maps of the heating and cooling demand, efficiency and supply in Europe. The newly launched Pan-European Thermal Atlas (Peta4) revealed itself to be the perfect tool for European governments of all levels, but also for businesses, consultants, academia and energy
enthusiasts to quickly and accurately assess thermal resources and thermal demand in a region.
Discussions wrapped up with questions from the audience and a panel discussion with related EU heating and cooling projects, to explore synergies and potential for unfolding project results. The “sister projects” present were CELSIUS project represented by Katarina Folland Gothenburg City), PLANHEAT represented by Stefano Barberis (D'Appolonia), THERMOS represented by Joshua Thumim (Centre for Sustainable Energy), and CoolHeating represented by Tomislav Puksec (University of Zagreb).
The event wrapped up with a celebratory toast to the launch of the Peta4.
Video recording of the workshop is available on the Heat Roadmap Europe YouTube channel.
Heat Roadmap Europe 4 had a thriving 2016, and here is a look back at what we achieved in terms of communication and dissemination events over the last 10 months since the project kick-off in March.
The project benefited from ample visibility, with project partners spreading the HRE messages to the broader audience throughout Europe and across the globe.
Over 30 international and national conferences were attended, where consortium members held academic and general presentations to share HRE4 experiences and findings. This included, to name just a few, large events such as the 5th International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling in Korea, smaller regional events such as the South East European Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) conferences in Slovenia, and targeted workshops such as the SmartReFlex final workshop in Denmark.
Many interesting meetings with lead-users from national associations and industry also took place last year. Project partners and interested parties shared knowledge and explored opportunities for accelerating the uptake of low carbon and energy efficient heating and cooling. For example, HRE met with the French district heating association(SNCU), the Department of Energy in Ireland (DCENR), the PTTE Competence Centre in the Czech Republic, Grundfos (world's largest pump manufacturer) and many more!
HRE also received plentiful press coverage in popular and scientific publications, with articles published in Energy - The International Journal, Hot Cool Magazine, Nordisk Energi and EU SETIS Magazine, and more.
A big thanks to all partners, our heating-cooling and energy colleagues and associates for your hard work. The bar has been set high, and we look forward to another promising year ahead!
As part of the HRE4 project, a series of events will be organised to enhance the exchange of good practice, and provide guidance on the implementation of heating and cooling strategies in a local context. These include:
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.