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 Fraunhofter 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.
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.