Four new EU-funded projects to provide knowledge and evidence to support our advocacy efforts
In DHC+ we have long noticed that there is a virtuous circle between EU research projects and EU policy on Heating and Cooling: project results influence policy and policy framework creates more funding opportunities. In 2017, we made use of the available H2020 funding and enriched DHC+ (and our members’) portfolio with 4 new projects – ReUseHeat, MAGNITUDE, TEMPO and COOL DH. All topics are very high on the agenda of the European policy-makers who are now eager to see first project results.
The ReUseHeat project will demonstrate four new advanced and replicable systems based on the recovery of excess heat from urban facilities (data centres, underground stations, tertiary buildings and sewage infrastructure) showing the technical and economic viability of these investments. The project intends to overcome both technical and non-technical barriers towards the unlocking of urban waste heat recovery investments across Europe.
The MAGNITUDE project aims to develop business and market mechanisms, as well as supporting coordination tools to provide flexibility to the European electricity system, by enhancing synergies between electricity, heating/cooling and gas systems. The project will provide policy guidelines in the wider EU context for achieving the mobilisation of identified flexibilities considering technical, operational, regulatory, and market aspects.
TEMPO, being a follow-up project of STORM, aims at increasing the viability of district heating in less dense areas or in combination with low-energy buildings. The project also aims at maximising the share of renewable or excess heat and reducing the installation and operational costs of these networks. In this context, project partners will develop and implement a fault handling ICT platform for DH substations, Smart DH network controller in combination with thermal energy storage, a three-pipe system to eliminate bypasses in substations, tools for optimisation of the building installation and new business models to minimise return temperature.
Another project awarded in the same call, COOL DH will innovate, design and build cooling and heat recovery process systems, enabling heat recovery to a local low-temperature district heating grid. For this purpose, the project will design and build a low-temperature district heating grid (40°C) with non-conventional pipe materials and test new innovative pipe components that will become new products introduced as a result of COOL DH.