LowTEMP project partners work to make the Baltic Sea Region district heating supply more sustainable

The project partners of the “Low Temperature District Heating for the Baltic Sea Region” (LowTEMP), sister project of RELaTED, are working to make the district heating supply in their regions more sustainable and promote the installation of the next generation district heating networks. Photo: LowTEMP project partners met in the Riga Technical University, Faculty of Architecture. Photo credits: Vidzeme Planning Region, Author: Baiba Norberte The transfer of lower temperature heat in optimally insulated pipes with reduced pipe dimensions, multiple heat supply options, the use of waste heat from industrial processes as well as renewable heat sources like geothermal and solar-thermal are on the LowTEMP agenda. 19 partners and 30 associated partners representing local, regional and national authorities, district [...]

2018-12-12T18:34:22+00:00December 13th, 2018|News|

3rd RELaTED General Assembly meeting: New advances in the innovative district heating concept proposed by RELaTED project

The RELaTED project consortium met in Belgrade to share the progress made in recent months. It was the third General Assembly of the partners, who  presented during four days their advances in the innovative concept of decentralized Ultra-Low Temperature (ULT) network solution that proposes the RELaTED project. 3rd RELaTED Project General Assembly, in Belgrade. This project, funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to develop a robust ultra-low temperature concept, which allows for the incorporation of low-grade heat sources with minimal constraints. The solution also can pave the way for expanding and modernizing existing district heating networks as well as introducing and establishing district heating in emerging EU markets. The meeting took place [...]

2019-01-16T18:45:22+00:00December 4th, 2018|News|

RELaTED sister project LowUP will develop heating and cooling systems for buildings and industry uses

RELaTED sister project "LowUP" – which stands for ‘Low valued energy sources UPgrading for buildings and industry uses’– will contribute to achieving Europe’s greenhouse gas reduction targets and increase energy efficiency.  The LowUP partners are working together to develop and demonstrate one heating and one cooling system for office buildings, and one heat recovery system (Heat LowUP, Cool LowUP and HP LowUP) for industrial processes. The systems are being demonstrated at four demo sites: A pilot office building in Seville (Spain, ACCIONA Construction). A water treatment plant in Madrid (Canal de Isabel II & ACCIONA Water). A Pulp and Paper mill in Setubal (Portugal, The Navigator Company). And a student hall in Badajoz (Spain, University of Extremadura) where steady progress [...]

2018-11-22T10:44:17+00:00November 22nd, 2018|News|

Heating technologies in District Heating

District heating networks can be fed by various heat generation sources, including combustion plants (based on fossil fuel or biomass), CHP (combined heat & power) plants or renewable-based plants. The characteristics of each of these heat technologies are outlined in this article. This review is included in the document "D4. 1 - Energy Price Assesment", that provides an insight to energy cost in the context of district heating. Download this article here >> The combination of multiple heat sources is beneficial, especially for large district heating schemes, as it allows shifting from source to source depending on specific conditions and market prices. In Figure 1 is shown the heat production mix for European countries. Figure 1 Heat sources for district [...]

2018-11-16T14:22:35+00:00November 15th, 2018|News|

Solar collectors in Norwegian district heating

Solar thermal is seen as one of the most interesting technologies for European district heating installations with a high share of renewables. A co-operation between district heating companies and solar heat suppliers can be a parallel to the existing co-operation between Norwegian energy companies and suppliers of solar PV. Heat delivery from solar collectors into district heating systems will strengthen the environmental profile, contribute to reduced Norwegian CO2 emissions and also make solar energy a factor in energy policy and planning. An increasing number of European countries support installation and modernisation of district heating networks with a high share of renewables and solar thermal is seen as one of the most interesting technologies. Norwegian solar thermal energy company Aventa is [...]

2018-11-08T12:07:44+00:00November 8th, 2018|News|

RELaTED Project was presented at the General Assembly of the HOLISDER Project

Public Utility Company "Beogradske elektrane" hosts the General Assembly of the HOLISDER Project funded by the European Union through the HORIZON 2020 Program. At the session, RELaTED Project was presented. From 16th to 18th of October 2018, “Beogradske elektrane" hosts the General Assembly of the HOLISDER Project funded by the European Union through the HORIZON 2020 Program. The participants were addressed by Director of the Department for Development and Investments of Beogradske elektrane Mr. Zoran Spasenovski and Project leaders on behalf of Beogradske elektrane Mr. Bojan Bogdanović and Mr. Radmilo Savić, as well as Mr. Ander Romero, Project Coordinator. PUC "Beogradske elektrane", according to the statement, is currently engaged in three EU-funded projects, for which realization funds amounting to more [...]

2018-10-31T11:56:32+00:00October 31st, 2018|News|

The Smart Specialisation Platform for Heating and Cooling is launched

In June, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission organised the first workshop on Regional Heating and Cooling priorities in the framework of the Smart Specialisation Platform. The key objective of the Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy is to support the effective uptake of the cohesion funds for those regions with particular interests in the thematic area of sustainable heating and cooling. European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) play an important role in boosting the shift towards a low-carbon economy, and in promoting innovation in the field of energy. The RELaTED’s innovative concept of decentralized Ultra-Low Temperature network was presented to several experts participating at the meeting and raised a lot of interest. The key objective of the Smart Specialisation Platform [...]

2018-08-03T14:11:56+00:00June 29th, 2018|News|

Euroheat & Power declares interest and full support for RELaTED Project

Euroheat & Power provides a letter of support for RELaTED and declare their interest and full support to the project. Euroheat & Power is a unique network of district energy organizations and professionals. This international association connects industry players, decision-makers and academia from over thirty countries around the globe. Set up under the umbrella of Euroheat & Power, DHC+ Technology Platform is the European hub for research & innovation in district heating and cooling. This Platform is directly involved and actively supporting a variety of EU research project on renewable heating and cooling, heat mapping and planning, smart cities and integrated energy systems.

2018-05-16T14:44:14+00:00May 17th, 2018|News|

RELaTED project partners meet in Tartu to discuss their progress in Ultra-Low Temperature concept

RELaTED project meeting in Tartu. RELaTED project partners have recently attended their scheduled appointment, this time in Tartu, Estonia. Tartu is one of the four demonstration sites where RELaTED Ultra-Low Temperature concept is being implemented. RELaTED project partners meet in Tartu to discuss their progress in developing Ultra-Low Temperature concept and to define the next steps to follow. The meeting continued with a study visit of the Fortum Tartu CHP plant part of the low temperature district heating demonstration site in Tartu. This plant uses local biofuels - woodchips and peat to produce electricity and heat. The heat is delivered though district heating network for more than 75% of Tartu's residents. Finally, RELaTED partners visited the cooling complex [...]

2018-06-05T13:08:54+00:00May 16th, 2018|News|

RELaTED, REnewable Low TEmperature District

RELaTED project will provide a framework for the integration of many renewable heat sources into a low temperature DH system. RELaTED started in October of 2017 as a new Horizon 2020 EU Research and Innovation project on low temperature district heating systems. It's objective is to provide a framework for the integration of many renewable heat sources into a low temperature DH system. So-called triple function substations are the core of the project, which allow for the incorporation of building integrated solar thermal systems and reversible heat pump units into the grid. The collaboration of companies as NIBE, METRO THERM, AVENTA SOLAR and Industrias IMAR will make it possible to develop and test all these three systems. The system will [...]

2018-05-28T14:35:36+00:00November 24th, 2017|News|