EMB3Rs (User-driven Energy-Matching & Business Prospection Tool for Industrial Excess Heat / Cold Reduction, Recovery and Redistribution) gathers 16 companies and institutes from across Europe to add value to waste heat and help make better use of renewable energy sources. EMB3Rs will investigate the potential of recycling industrial excess heat and cold and design a platform that visualises how energy – normally wasted by releasing it into the environment – could be reused as a valuable source for other industrial processes, district heating and cooling or for other purposes.
Energy Symbiosis (the selling and buying of excess energy) can lead to energy efficiency improvements, CO2 and cost reductions, new revenue, jobs and local investments. However, this potential remains unexploited because Energy Symbiosis projects are complex multi-stakeholder activities facing long lead times, high transaction costs, and a range of technical, financial and legal uncertainties before securing an investment. INCUBIS will deliver an ambitious Incubator programme to help stakeholders overcome these challenges and implement Energy Symbiosis projects at the local and regional level.
S-PARCS presents a sound concept for reducing energy costs and energy consumption in industrial parks, while, at the same time, increasing renewable on-site energy production.
The pre-assessment of the seven Lighthouse Parks from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Austria, which participate in the study, has shown a high potential for joint energy actions, many of which are transferrable to the community of S-PARCS Followers in the UK, Sweden, Turkey, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Austria and Norway.
There is enough waste energy produced in the EU to heat the EU’s entire building stock; however despite of this huge potential, only a restricted number of small scale examples of urban waste heat recovery are present across the EU.
The objective of REUSEHEAT is to demonstrate, at TRL8 first of their kind advanced, modular and replicable systems enabling the recovery and reuse of waste heat available at the urban level.
CATALYST aspires to turn data centres into flexible multi-energy hubs, which can sustain investments in renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. Leveraging on results of past projects, CATALYST will adapt, scale up, deploy and validate an innovative technological and business framework that enables data centres to offer a range of mutualized energy flexibility services to both electricity and heat grids, while simultaneously increasing their own resiliency to energy supply.
CELSIUS is a district heating and cooling (DHC) knowledge transfer and demonstration project. DHC is an excellent way to utilize secondary energy sources and become more energy efficient. EU cities with an expressed interest in planning, building and optimising smart DHC solutions can become CELSIUS Member Cities and benefit from the project offering. In the offering, there is a CELSIUS Wiki – an online DHC knowledge resource – with articles from the CELSIUS Partner Organisations, CELSIUS City Supporters and CELSIUS Member Cities. There are workshops, webinars and study visits to the CELSIUS demonstrators. CELSIUS promotes legislation with focus on energy efficiency at an energy system level. And there is a growing CELSIUS Network that decreases the distance between stakeholders interested in DHC development.
Solar energy is an increasingly mainstream part of the electricity mix. Despite the development of new technologies for better PV panel performance, not all of the sunlight that reaches a PV cell is converted into electricity; a great amount is lost as heat. What’s more, the excess heat reduces PV module lifetime and increases maintenance costs. The EU-funded LightCatcher project is developing a disruptive solution combining conversion of waste heat into electricity as well as passive cooling of the PV devices. The proposed solution will help PV panels reach solar conversion efficiencies over 80 %, and reduce PV levelised cost of energy by over 30 %. LightCatcher will thus provide a cost-competitive to the solar industry against traditional energy sources.
Article 7 of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) obliges participating EU member states to reach specific energy savings by the end of 2020. This task has proven to be overwhelming for public authorities, who tend to operate with limited time and resources. ENSMOV is a project initiated by the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy to help 14 EU states with the implementation of Article 7 by providing workshops on requirements in 10 key areas, technical support, and a way of sharing experiences – especially through the web platform – which is particularly important on a local level. The ENSMOV project will involve 150 participants, including at least 45 state officials.
The objective of Heating And Cooling Knowhow and Solutions (HACKS) is to achieve market transformation for heating and cooling (HAC) appliances by motivating consumers to replace old and inefficient equipment with new energy efficient equipment and to encourage solutions that consume less fuel, lower energy bills and improve users’ comfort and health.
To achieve these goals, 17 HACKS partners in 15 countries will raise awareness on HAC economic and environmental benefits via a communication campaign, and 15 dedicated national online platforms that will provide clear, understandable information. The focus will be on HAC appliances (e.g. boilers for space and water heating, local space heaters, etc.), but also on solutions that lower the energy consumption and avoid the installation of new equipment (shading systems, thermostats, taps and showerheads).
Heating and cooling consume half of the EU's energy and much of it is wasted. For instance, almost half of Europe’s buildings have individual boilers installed before 1992, with an efficiency of 60 % or less. Encouraging consumers to replace old heating and cooling units with more efficient, greener alternatives is top priority for a decarbonised Energy Union. The EU-funded REPLACE project aims to boost efforts with replacement campaigns in 10 target regions. It will also unite policymakers and intermediaries such as chimney sweepers and installers who are in direct contact with consumers, to develop common activities with maximum impact. The project aims to raise awareness of the benefits of heating and cooling replacements by highlighting success stories.
The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) establishes a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. ODYSSEE MURE 2015 aims to contribute to assess, monitor and evaluate energy efficiency progress and the state of implementation of measures and their impact to check that the EU is on track with its 2020 target.
The project will provide innovative training tools and documents in a very user friendly way to public administrations to help them in implementing the monitoring of the progress achieved with indicators, in designing new policy measures and assessing the impacts of these measures, not only in terms of energy savings, but also in terms of the other benefits linked to energy efficiency improvements. Finally, the project will try to provide an assessment of the multiple benefits of energy efficiency policies for all MS combing existing evaluation and new calculations.
The European project R-ACES aims to create ‘Eco-regions’ where heat and cold are exchanged, smart energy management systems are incorporated, and renewables are used. The vision of R-ACES is to support high-potential industrial parks and clusters in becoming such Eco-regions able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10%. This goal can be reached by exchanging surplus energy, making extensive use of renewables, and bringing everything together with so-called smart energy management systems.