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Inaventa Solar starts a new project based on the results of its collaboration with RELaTED

The Norwegian manufacturer of solar collectors Inaventa Solar has recently started a new project, titled DisolBat (distributed solar and “blue batteries”), which builds on the results of its international collaboration with RELaTED project.  Editor’s Note: This article was previously published at Inaventa Solar website. Work on RELaTED has led to the identification of innovative technical solutions for solar district heating. However, effective business models for the deployment of these solutions have not yet been established. Developing business models that take into account contributions along the entire value chain will therefore be the primary focus of DisolBat, which has been granted the maximum amount of funding available from the Research Council of Norway. Collaboration with the district heating industry Inaventa Solar's [...]

2021-05-06T10:43:31+00:00May 6th, 2021|News|

WEBINAR: Solar energy solutions for decarbonizing ULT DHC

How did the RELaTED pilot site in Denmark use solar power to deliver heat on the ULT DHC network? How can it help foster the EU renovation wave? Join us on May 19 to know it all. DATE: 19 May 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am. Photo by kynny from Canva. The EU Renovation wave, initiated in October 2020 by the European Commission, has targeted heating and cooling as a key sector in accelerating the renovation rate of buildings in Europe to notably cut CO2 emissions. One of the main aspects is to support the penetration of renewable energy sources (RES) in heating and cooling, including for district heating and cooling (DHC) networks. Solar energy appears to be a great [...]

2021-04-29T11:50:19+00:00April 29th, 2021|News|

NIBE’s new solutions for heating will test the posibilities of ULTDH in a building complex in Spain

The Swedish manufacturer NIBE recently sent to Spain some special developed heat pumps and hydraulic modules that will contribute to transform a district heating network into an ultra-low temperature network. These components and solutions will heat and cool two buildings in a corporate building complex in Iurreta, Spain, owned by the Basque Government. This building complex is defined as a demonstration site within the Horizon 2020 project RELaTED. The Swedish manufacturer of intelligent solutions for heating and control NIBE recently sent over to Iurreta, in northern Spain, some special developed components that will contribute to transform the district heating network onwned by the Basque Goverment into an ultra-low temperature network. Specifically, the shipment contained 3 special developed heat pumps, where [...]

2021-04-22T11:09:15+00:00April 22nd, 2021|News|

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|