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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|

“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 [...]

2021-06-03T11:24:32+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|