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An innovative solar system will soon be installed in a building complex in Spain

The solar collectors from Inaventa Solar will deliver energy for heating and domestic hot water to a building complex in Spain, owned by the Basque Government. This campus area is defined as a demonstration site within the Horizon 2020 project RELaTED, where the possibilities of ultra-low temperature district heating systems in corporate building complexes are being tested. Editor’s Note: This article was previously published at Inaventa Solar website. Photo: Inaventa Solar. A new solar system is on its way from the factory of the Norwegian manufacturer of solar collectors  Inaventa Solar at Jevnaker to Iurreta in northern Spain. The solar collectors will be installed as a building-integrated solution in one of the south-facing facades of a larger building [...]

2021-04-08T11:22:01+00:00April 8th, 2021|News|

Energy improvement districts in the Basque Country

The RELaTED project deploys a decentralised, Ultra-Low Temperature district heating network concept. In RELaTED, every single building is converted into an energy node, where bi-directional heat exchange is allowed between the network and the building. One of the pilots of the project is located in Iurreta, in the Basque Country (Spain). This demonstration site will showcase the viability of the technology and the feasibility of DH, even in southern Europe. AUTHORS: Jesús M. Casado and José R. López - Ente Vascode la Energía - international@eve.eus District Heating (DH) systems are one of the most energy-efficient heating systems in urban environments, with proven reliability. When combined with renewable and waste heat sources, DH becomes an even higher efficient solution to decarbonise [...]

2021-03-25T12:12:06+00:00March 25th, 2021|News|

The Spring Edition of the FEDARENE Info includes information on RELaTED project

The 2021 Spring Edition of the FEDARENE Info is out. This edition -focuses on District Heating and Cooling- includes information about the RELaTED project and the progress made on its concept. Heating and cooling drive half of the energy consumption in Europe. However, more than two-thirds of demand is met with fossil fuels. Changing the conventional fossil paradigm in heating and cooling is essential for reaching the EU decarbonisation goals. District heating is one of the most promising options to decarbonise the heating sector and urban environments in general and is therefore crucial to reach European and global climate goals. Yet, several EU Countries are still facing challenges in implementing this technology: old and inefficient infrastructure, the unreliability of supply, loss of consumers, etc. [...]

2021-03-18T13:40:25+00:00March 18th, 2021|News|

Two approaches; one happy district heating & cooling network in Tartu, Estonia

Heat production technologies for district heating are only as efficient as the network they serve. Even if a heat plant is operating at 100% efficiency, heat loss due to the poor thermal insulation of buildings will create an “efficiency” ceiling that improvements at the heat production level cannot overcome. It would be as if a person were trying to heat their home in the winter with all the windows open. This analogy highlights one the biggest challenges for transitioning to ultra-low temperature district heating1 (ULTDH); How can a district heating (DH) operator improve the thermal efficiency for buildings they do not own? AUTHOR: Richard Karl Henahan – Research Analyst at the Institute of Baltic Studies. For the RELaTED project, the [...]

2021-03-16T11:24:09+00:00March 11th, 2021|News|

EnergyFlexHouse – Energy Neutral Concept House to Test Solar Collectors and District Heating

Editor's Note: This article was previously published at Inaventa Solar website. Photo: DTI Denmark is set on becoming 100% independent of fossil fuels. This is an inspiring challenge, which can be met through development and beneficial application of energy efficient and sustainable technologies, expresses Danish Technological Institute (DTI) on their webpages. DTI is the responsible developer of the energy neutral concept house EnergyFlexHouse, which is a part of “Green Lab for Energy Efficient Buildings” (GLEEB).  This has been established to evaluate and verify innovative solutions, with respect to both energy efficiency cost effective technologies and intelligent interfaces between the users, the equipment and the building itself.  The last piece of this puzzle is the installation of Inaventa Solar’s solar collectors. These are [...]

2021-02-03T13:17:06+00:00February 3rd, 2021|News|

RELaTED partners made great advances in last 6 months

On November 24th, the RELaTED project partners came together online at the RELaTED 7th General Assembly. The meeting, that took place in a virtual format, was a great opportunity to talk about their advances in the RELaTED Ultra-Low Temperature district heating solution and establish the work plan for the following semester. After 6 months of hard work, the RELaTED H2020 funded project latest developments were presented by video meeting at the 7th General Assembly. During this virtual event, the partners presented to the consortium their progress in the different work packages. A lot of advances have been made, especially in the four demo sites where the project is beins tested. In Denmark, for example, the Energy Flex Houses systems has [...]

2020-11-27T15:50:44+00:00November 27th, 2020|News|

SMACCs master programme invites the RELaTED Project coordinator to talk about district heating

The coordinator of the RELaTED Project will talk about district heating systems at the SMACCs Master Programme. The University of the Basque Country invites the RELaTED Project coordinator, Roberto Garay, for the second consecutive year, to be part of a seminar organized by the Master Programme in Smart Cities and Communities SMACCs. The seminar will be held from 1st to 4th of December, both included, and it will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about sustainable buildings and solar thermal systems in district heating systems. The programme is designed to educate the next generation of engineers and researchers in Smart Cities and Communities by learning best practice from 4 of Europe’s most prestigious universities (Heriot-Watt University, University [...]

2020-11-18T17:10:50+00:00November 18th, 2020|News|

RELaTED Project presentation at Sustainable Places 2020: new developments on Ultra Low Temperature District Heating networks

The RELaTED project was presented at at Sustainable Places 2020, held as digital event due to the health situation in Europe. Antonio Garrido Marijuan explained the main developments of RELaTED within the Integration of Renewables in DHC for Sustainable Living workshop, held on 28th October 2020. The workshop intended to exchange new ideas, lessons learnt from implementation and proposals about the integration of substantial shares of renewable energy sources in district heating and/or cooling (DHC) systems, in order to share commonly with external colleagues the main concepts on reducing the dependency of DHC on fossil fuels and ultimately leading to a more efficient and sustainable energy system. The presentation of the RELaTED project shared the session with other very interesting [...]

2020-10-30T11:13:08+00:00October 29th, 2020|News|

RELaTED project will be present at the 8th edition of Sustainable Places 2020 (SP2020)

The workshop 'Integration of renewable energy technologies in district heating and cooling solutions for sustainable living' will bring RELaTED the opportunity to present and demonstrate the RELaTED ultra-low temperature dictrict heating concept. There is a large potential to integrate substantial shares of renewable energy sources in district heating and/or cooling systems, reducing dependency of DHC on fossil fuels and ultimately leading to a more efficient and sustainable energy system. A number of EU funded projects are currently working on this topic. The objective of the workshop is to share WEDISTRICT project concept with other sister projects and interested stakeholders in order to exchange new ideas, lessons learnt from implementation, proposals about the successful integration of renewable technologies in DHC. Sustainable [...]

2020-10-08T12:28:44+00:00September 10th, 2020|News|

Turning waste into energy for Belgrade’s district heating

The ambitious Belgrade Energy-from-Waste project received the IJ Global European Waste deal of the year 2019 award on 20th July 2020. IJGlobal recognize and reward excellent and exceptional performance across all regions, globally. Vinca Landfill Site october 2018. The project, the first of its kind in Serbia, addresses one of the most urgent environmental challenges in Europe updating the City's existing waste management practices and enhancing Belgrade's renewable power and heat generation capacity. Beo Cista Energija – the joint-venture formed by Suez, Itochu Corporation and Marguerite entered into a 25-year Public-Pivate Partnership with the City of Belgrade to deliver modern waste management infrastructure for its 1.7 million population. The project is intended to closure the existing landfill at [...]

2020-09-02T17:34:01+00:00September 3rd, 2020|News|