Last August was a 'hot' month, marking the midway point of our project. The completion of the first half found the project partners working hard to do state-of-the-art within the data, tools and methods of heating and cooling as part of a renewable energy system. Many of the latest results are now available on our website.
In early September, HRE4 had a prominent presence at the 3rd International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating. Here 340 researchers and industrial experts from all over Europe and other parts of the world discussed and exchanged experiences on the topics of preparing the heating and cooling sectors for the furure. HRE4 had a special place in the conference's programme as the new version of the Pan-European Thermal Atlas Peta 4.2 was launched and several talks were made by our partners on the work we do. Eva Hoos, Policy Officer in DG Energy, participated as plenary keynote speaker and addressed the importance of the sector for the overall transition.
A workshop organised by Tobias Fleiter, from Fraunhofer ISI, in the framework of the HRE4 and the 4DH conference, took place in Copenhagen (Denmark) to foster the exchange and discussion of tools and methods used for H&C assessments in ongoing EU projects such as Hot Maps, PLANHEAT, progRESsHEAT and Thermos.
The workshop entitled "Tools and methods for strategic analyses in heating and cooling: What is the state of the art and how to improve our tools?" was attendend by more than 40 participants who, after initial presentations, broke into groups to discuss 5 main topics, ranging from user needs via mapping and waste heat to integrated modelling and energy systems’ analyses. In all topics, ways forward to improve existing tools and develop more useful methods were discussed and proposed.
From a user-needs perspective it seems important that tools are specific to the users and purposes. A similar conclusion was taken by the energy systems group, which does not believe that the one tool that fits all users will be developed soon. On the other hand, separated tools for demand and supply modelling were not considered to be so practical in the long-run, even though it is still common practice today. Instead, an integrated modelling of both elements was recommended. In order energy system analyses to be really valuable, a clear research question is very important. Read more about the workshop's outcome here.
Peta 4.2, the newest update of the 4th Pan-European Thermal Atlas, packs an even larger punch with new tools (e.g. heat synergy regions, excess heat, renewable energy sources, heating/cooling demand densities and even potential costs for district systems) for energy planners to exploit. This interactive mapping platform functions as an effective planning tool for decarbonising cities, right at your fingertips. Halmstad University professors Urban Persson and Sven Werner launched Peta 4.2 in September 2017 at the 4DH Conference, to a room of heating/cooling experts from all across Europe.
Throughout the rest of the conference, George Stiff, from ICLEI Europe, was on hand, manning the HRE4 Peta Corner to answer questions and guide first time users of this valuable new tool.There was a very positive reception from the audience at the launch and the Peta Corner. Many commented on the fact that access to Peta’s heating/cooling potentials and costs can function as valuable baseline indications, even before investing time or expenses into more in-depth investigations. Therefore it could indeed prove worthwhile to use as a first-order tool among a wide range of relevant stakeholders, from energy experts to private companies to public authorities. Other than a strong interest in learning more about the data and methodology behind Peta 4.2, many participants enjoyed having the chance to try it out live and see what it is capable of doing. For more information, check out the Peta 4.2 user manual also.
Added October 2017
On the occasion of the Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE4) workshop in Brussels on Tuesday 7th March, the project has launched 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) is 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. Read More.
HRE4 is coming towards the end of its first year and the first public results are being prepared to be launched at an open workshop in Brussels, in the beginning of March. In a step towards identifying the most economically feasible and technologically effective pathway to decarbonisation by 2050, Heat Roadmap Europe 4 will host a Workshop on March 7 in Brussels (Belgium). It will be a great opportunity to get the first package of insights for the 14 HRE countries, which together account for approximately 90% of total heating and cooling in Europe. Read More.
We are already in month eight of the Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE4) project, with work progressing steadily. As you will see, the past few months have seen HRE well-represented, as well as the publication of our first results. We will continue to keep you updated on the project's progress, particularly as we plan to offer our online, interactive thermal heat atlases by the end of the year. Read More.
We have almost reached the 6 month mark since the start of the Heat Roadmap Europe 4 project and in our first newsletter below, you can read about some of work we have already carried out as well as our ongoing activities. All work packages have now begun and are progressing well, so we expect to publish our first results before the end of the year, which we will keep you informed about as they develop. Read More.
Added August 26, 2016
The Energy Union is a game changer that will likely accelerate the growth of renewable energy in the EU, and the Heat Roadmap Europe project can play a big role in that development. Those were the main conclusions from speakers Martin Lidegaard, former Danish Energy and Foreign Minister, Morten Bæk, director of the Danish Energy Agency and Atli Benonysson, Vice President of Danfoss, at the kickoff event for the 4th Heat Roadmap Europe project held in Copenhagen in the beginning of April. Read More.
Added April 13, 2016
Over the last five years, the European Union has radically changed its views on heating, partly thanks to a series of studies led by a group of researchers at Aalborg University, Denmark. This is evident from a new EU Strategy on Heating and Cooling launched today, 16.02.2016.
Five years ago, the EU’s focus was firmly set on reducing the heat demand and electrifying the heat supply. District heating was on the periphery of EU energy policy at that time. In fact, an official communication from the EU Commission in 2011 said that district heating was expected to decline in the future. Read More.
Added February 16, 2016
The 4th Heat Roadmap Europe project, which is a comprehensive study of the heating and cooling sectors in the 14 largest EU countries, has been approved by the EU’s research programme Horizon 2020. The study, which is led by researchers from the 4DH centre at Aalborg University, Denmark, will begin in February 2016 and continue for 3 years. During this period, the researchers and their partners at 19 other European universities, companies and organisations will map the heating and cooling demand in 14 countries, along with the potential sources of surplus and renewable heating and cooling that could be used to supply these demands. Read More.
Added November 2, 2015
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.