A workshop organised in the framework of the 4DH conference and the HRE4 project took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 11 September 2017, to foster the exchange and discussion of tools and methods used for H&C assessments.
The workshop was attended 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 appear 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.
Across all topics, data quality and availability was highly discussed. Data is often scattered or not available (e.g. excess heat potentials are generally estimated from alternative datasets, like emissions) or its quality is questionable (e.g. technology costs). Still, good data remains a prerequisite for sound analyses and robust results. Ways forward relate to open data sets, extended official statistics and also common activities instead of parallel data collection.
You can download the presentations here and find the summary outcome of the groups discussions 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.
Learn more about HRE4 with the videos from the HRE4 Workshop that took place in Brussels, on the 7th of March 2017. Here you can find all of the four videos for this workshop.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 695989.