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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|

“The global crisis of COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of the sustainable Energy Transition”

Author: Olga Macías, Smart Buildings and Cities Researcher at TECNALIA Research and Innovation. The last few months all the news has been overshadowed by the global crisis of COVID-19. This pandemic has turned the whole world upside down and shaken worldwide economies. Among other consequences, many of us agree that this crisis has highlighted the importance of the sustainable Energy Transition, and the need to search for solutions with technical and economic feasibility that will facilitate this transition. That is why, now more than ever, we believe in the concept of ultra-low temperature, de-carbonized and smart networks developed in the RELaTED project as a solution that allows transforming the current district networks with a greater use of renewable [...]

2020-06-02T15:41:27+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Editorial, News|

District Heating De-Carbonisation in Belgrade. Roadmap.

The operation temperatures of today’s district heating systems are too high for a massive integration of renewable systems, while the current control systems are no able to properly introduce weather-dependent, distributed heat sources such as solar systems. The district heating strategy for the city of Belgrade (Serbia) addresses these barriers with the focus to de-carbonising the city on a multi-year transition plan, including large investments, greater interconnection levels with large solar thermal plants and waste incineration plants, and the conversion of a power plant into CHP, among others. The size of the Belgrade district heating network, one of the biggest of Europe with >12PJ heat sales only compared to few district heating networks such as Copenhagen’s (>30PJ heat sales) or [...]

2020-05-21T16:23:59+00:00May 21st, 2020|News|

Demonstration site: the conversion of the district heating network of Iurreta into an ultra-low temperature system

The main aim of Iurreta demonstration site is to tests the possibilities of the ultra-low temperature district heating systems in corporate building complexes. For such purpose, the intervention proposed within the framework of RELaTED project requires the conversion of current district heating network into an ultra-low temperature system, where the operation temperatures are reduced, and additional distributed renewable heat sources are introduced. Current technical barriers to achieve this conversion will be solved by means of installing innovative technologies as building integrated solar thermal systems and reversible heat pumps capable of operating at ultra-low temperatures. This new ultra-low temperature network will allow to increase the efficiency of the existing heat plant by reducing water production temperature in one of the boilers. [...]

2020-05-14T11:19:46+00:00May 14th, 2020|News|

6th RELaTED General Assembly: the project partners presented their advances in Ultra-Low Temperature District Heating

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the RELaTED partners to gather virtually for their 6th General Assembly. The agenda for these days included an intense series of partners discussion, online workshops and technical coordination. This time, the RELaTED team worked by virtual meeting due to COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the circumstances, partners connected by video meeting from home and keep the project on track, focusing on the execution and technical coordination of the next months of work. During this four-day virtual meeting, the partners presented to the consortium their progress in the different work packages. They also explained their advances in the RELaTED Ultra-Low Temperature district heating solution and established a work plan for the following semester. After these intense series of online [...]

2020-04-30T10:15:54+00:00April 30th, 2020|News|

RELaTED project will be at the CoolDH & Celsius Talk on Low Temperature District Heating

RELaTED Project will be at the CoolDH & Celsius Talk: Low Temperature District Heating by the hand of Christian Holm Christiansen, Senior Consultant at the Danish Technological Institute (DTI). Place: https://zoom.us/j/893355855 Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020. Time: 10:30 - 11:30 CET. Organizer: Celsius Initiative & COOL DH. Register for the webinar >> Decarbonised district heating systems are already here and some of them are spelled low temperature district heating (LTDH). As a matter of fact, low temperature district heating can prove to be an important part in keeping the globe’s temperature low as well. This webinar will present some of the opportunities and challenges cities may encounter in their endeavour towards a sustainable and efficient energy system. This webinar is hosted [...]

2020-04-08T16:45:38+00:00April 8th, 2020|News|

Low temperature district heating project in Tartu, Estonia

Fortum Tartu is investigating new possibilities and solutions for developing the low temperature concept developed by RELaTED project in Tarkon, a selected part of the existing district heating network. The main idea is to investigate whether it is possible to lower the district heating supply temperatures in the existing district heating system, what its benefits are and where the limits are. The using of waste heat from industry as an energy source for district heating is also a part of the proyect. Read more about the technical concept of Tartu's demo site in the following document. Download the PDF to view the document here >    This browser does not support PDFs. Please download the PDF to view it: [...]

2020-04-02T16:38:07+00:00April 2nd, 2020|News|

RELaTED project demo site: intervention plan in Belgrade’s district heating system

The RELaTED ultra-low temperature district heating concept and technologies will be tested in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. The heating system of Belgrade is one of the largest in the region, with the installed power of 3GW in 40 heat sources, an annual production of heat energy of 3,66 GWh, a district heating network of 750 km long and 9,000 substations. Know more about the different interventions to be performed by RELaTED project in this city in the following document.  This browser does not support PDFs. Please download the PDF to view it: Download PDF Download PDF >

2020-03-26T12:55:28+00:00March 26th, 2020|News|

District heating: the key to decarbonising Europe’s heating

District heating (DH) systems are one of the most energy efficient heating systems in urban environments, with proven reliability within many decades already. District heating systems are identified as key systems to achieve the de-carbonization of heating energy in European Cities. Renewable and waste heat sources are foreseen at the same time as decarbonized heat sources and the way to guarantee competitive energy costs with limited influence of fossil fuel supply price volatility. To achieve this, a transition is needed in DHs, comprising not only measures to improve overall performance (temperature level reductions, improvement of substations, etc.), but to guarantee system viability as a whole in a context of reduced heat loads with the transition to Near Zero Energy Buildings [...]

2020-02-12T14:09:24+00:00February 12th, 2020|News|