On 7 October the DHC+ Technology Platform hosted the Joint Final Project Conferences of the IEE-funded projects BiogasHeat and Rescue in Brussels. The event which was part of the 2014 edition of DG Regio’s Open Days attracted a total of more than 100 stakeholders from across Europe. The conferences featured a bandwidth of meaningful and highly interesting insights gained through the projects’ lifetimes, a variety of best practice examples and much more, while offering space for presentations on related projects.
Heating and Cooling account for around 50% of Europe’s primary energy consumption. Deploying technologies and solutions on how to satisfy heating & cooling needs is therefore crucial in order to achieve the EU’s climate and energy policy objectives: secure, sustainable and affordable supply. Euroheat & Power and the DHC+ Technology Platform have been involved in numerous EU-funded research projects with exactly this aim.
More than 100 stakeholders including Members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials, regional and city representatives, DHC and other energy stakeholders and many more gathered for the Joint Final Project Conference of BiogasHeat and Rescue. The day was split in two main sessions – one for each project – comprising presentations on project results, best practice examples, partner projects and future steps.
The conference kicked-off with the session on BiogasHeat. The IEE-funded project started in April 2012 and aims at the development of sustainable heat markets for biogas plants in Europe. As in every incineration process a lot of heat is available after producing electricity. Most of this heat is unfortunately wasted. Utilizing hit contributes to the EU’s policy objectives and creates an additional source of income for plant operators. After welcome words spoken by Paul Voss, Managing Director of Euroheat & Power, the project coordinator Ilze Dzene, Ekodoma, introduced the audience to the project. The work package leaders for the main research working packages within the project then presented the main findings on market and policies (Dominik Rutz, WIP), heat utilisation strategies (Christof Amann, e7) and business realisation (Tomas Vorisek, sEVEN). The result presentations were followed by the introduction to good practice cases on District Heating from organic urban waste (Alessandro Mazzari, Sogesca), additional electricity production with ORC (Igor Novko, EIHP) and upgrading and grid injection (Joergen Hinge, DTI). After a networking break, Wolfgang Gabauer introduced the participants to the project FABbiogas which aims at promoting the use of waste from Food And Beverage (FAB) for the production of biogas, before Ingo Wagner (Euroheat & Power) did the wrap-up and gave an outlook on future steps.
The afternoon was all about the Rescue project. Rescue promotes the developments of sustainable district cooling solutions across Europe by providing guidance and support tools for local policy makers. Following an introduction to the role of District Cooling in the European policy spectrum by Paul Voss, Clemens Felsmann (TU Dresden) who coordinates Rescue introduced the audience to the background of the project. Similar to the morning session, the consortium then presented the project results, i.e. a market overview (Siegfried Zöllner, ICLEI), guidelines in how to roll-out District Cooling (Henrik Frohm, CCED), a District Cooling handbook (Anders Tvärne, CCES) and a calculation tool supporting initial feasibility checks (Clemens Felsmann). After a coffee break, participants learned more about existing best practice examples and upcoming schemes in Helsinki (Kosti Koski), Paris (Alexis Tawfik, Climespace) and Italy (Pier Paolo Rossodivita, Are Liguria). District Cooling can play a major role in the future energy system and therefore it is not surprising that more projects deal with the issue or at least touch it. Hence, two partner projects, Celsius (Anna Boss, SP) and Stratego (Nicolas Fevrier, DHC+ Technology Platform) were introduced to the participants before the conference was closed by Maria Grajcar (AGFW).
During the sessions but also in the breaks there were many interesting questions and discussions and the project consortia would like to thank all speakers and participants for their active involvement and interest.