Alessandro Provaggi (Euroheat & Power) and Kristina Lygnerud (IVL) give you an overview of the recently launched H2020 ReUseHeat project.
We would not throw food away, so why would we waste freely available heat? This is the simple philosophy that leads the ReUseHeat project, kicked off in October 2017.
The City of Madrid Madrid is the capital of the Community of Madrid and Spain. It is the largest city in the country with 3.2 million inhabitants, although if we include the population of the Madrid metropolitan area, it reaches 6.3 million. Madrid is the 5th most important leading centre of commerce in Europe.
The City of Brunswick Brunswick (Braunschweig) is the second largest city in Lower Saxony, Germany, with 250,000 inhabitants. The region of Brunswick is one of the leading European regions with regards to spending on research and development. The city prides itself to be a hub of versatile industry expertise, including technology and innovation, energy and
The City of Nice With 344,000 inhabitants, Nice is the 5th biggest city in France. Nice is situated in the French Riviera and is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, attracting around 5 million visitors per year. The Metropole Nice Côte d’Azur, an intercommunal structure made up of 49 cities around Nice, has
At first sight, the concept of waste heat appears easy to grasp, but is everything as easy as it seems? Have you also heard of “excess heat”, “surplus heat”, “recoverable heat”, “waste-to-energy”, “recovered heat”? Are these terms equivalent or do they cause a degree of confusion? Below you will find a non-exhaustive dictionary. In the ReUseHeat
District heating and cooling is a proven solution for delivering heating, hot water and cooling services through a network of insulated pipes, from a central point of generation to the end user. District heating and cooling networks are also referred to as heat networks or district energy networks. They are suited to feed in locally
District energy & waste heat If the urbanisation trend continues and appropriate investments are in place, almost half of Europe’s heat demand could be met by district energy by 2050. There is on average 3 times more renewable and excess heat available than is required to meet high levels of district energy supply A transition to
In 2010, data centres world-wide used about 350 TWh of electricity. It is just over 1% of the world’s total electricity use and it is constantly growing. Most of the power consumed by the Information Technology (IT) equipment is converted into waste heat, which must be removed to avoid damage to the equipment. The energy
On a hot summer day, a ride on the metro can be an unpleasant experience with stiflingly hot metro systems and trains. What is the reason for that and why don’t we reuse this heat? Metro trains generate excess heat when operating. The electric motors create heat due to their electrical and mechanical functioning at
Waste water management systems exist in every city and could be exploited to heat buildings. Waste water systems promise major heat recovery potential. The temperature of waste water ranges from 10 to 15°C on average, and can go even up to 20°C during summertime. This guarantees an adequate heat source for the operation of heat
Tertiary buildings in urban areas such as offices, schools, supermarkets, logistics centres or hospitals are a significant source of heat which could be recovered. All of them require some kind of cooling or air conditioning, e.g. the fridges and storage rooms of supermarkets, surgery rooms in hospitals or fridges and walk-in coolers in restaurants. During
The first technical workshop of the ReUseHeat Project took place in Bucharest on 15 March 2018! The workshop has been attended by 25 people among ReUseHeat partners and local stakeholders involved in the implementation of the demonstrator dedicated to Waste Heat Recovery from the Bucharest underground network. The workshop succeeded in facilitating the cooperation among
Our regular newsletter will bring you project news, results and updates on the four unconventional waste heat sources and the respective demo sites covered by the project. Stay tuned!
This year Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers hosted the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial and Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (CEM9/MI-3). Major economies from around the globe met in the cities of Copenhagen and Malmö May 23 – 24, 2018 to accelerate the green transition.
The International Fair of Energy and Environment took place in Madrid between 13-15 June. Throughout these three days, there were 21 sessions belonging to the GENERA 2018 Technical Conferences. These conferences aimed to analyse the transition to a sustainable energy model. On 14 June, the conference “Energy efficiency in urban environments as a tool to
The fourth technical workshop of the ReUseHeat Project took place in Nice on 26 June 2018! The workshop, dedicated to waste heat recovery from sewage networks, was attended by 10 people from both ReUseHeat Consortium and external participants. The workshop succeeded in transferring to the external participants information about the ReUseHeat project. In addition, insights
This survey aims to be a very useful tool for identifying the potential of urban excess heat sources by contacting relevant actors and stakeholders across the EU, with particular focus on the four ReUseHeat demonstrator cities.
The BY&FORCITIZENS conference on “Smart Regeneration of Cities and Regions” was successfully held on 20-21 September in Valladolid (Spain). This 2-day event gathered relevant local, national and EU stakeholders and created a forum to gain comprehensive insights into the opportunities and challenges of Smart Cities and Communities initiatives across Europe. Keynote lectures, presentations, round tables
One of the sessions of the 2018 Global District Energy Days in Helsinki was looking in detail at waste heat potential and success stories. The project coordinator Kristina Lygnerud presented the Smart City vision for waste heat recovery – from urban heat sources and into low temperature district heating networks. This presentation and other waste
It’s time for the second project newsletter! Read it here to get updates on the project progress to date, the four unconventional waste heat sources and the technical workshops that took place at the respective demo sites. Don’t forget to participate in the survey and help us collect valuable information on urban excess heat sources
The ReUseHeat project celebrated its first anniversary during its meeting in Braunschweig (Germany), the picturesque location of one of the project’s four demonstration sites. An overall update of activities was made. If you are interested to learn more about the feasibility of waste heat recovery, you can read one of the latest project reports covering
Here you will find the latest peer-reviewed articles published in the context of the ReUseHeat project. Edward Wheatcroft, Henry P. Wynn, Victoria Volodina, Chris J. Dent and Kristina Lygnerud. Model-Based Contract Design for Low Energy Waste Heat Contracts: The Route to Pricing. Energies, June 2021. [Link] Akram Sandvall, Martin Hagberg, Kristina Lygnerud. Modelling of urban excess heat use in
On 14 November 2018, the project ReUseHeat had its own session at the 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating in Aalborg, Denmark. Organised by the 4DH Strategic Research Centre, the RE-INVEST project and Aalborg University, the conference aims to showcase scientific findings and industrial experiences related to the subject
Roadmaps are ready: now what?? Exploring the realities of the heat transition This one-day event is jointly organised by the Horizon 2020 projects Heat Roadmap Europe 4 (HRE4) and ReUseHeat. For HRE4, it is the closing event where the final low-carbon heating and cooling strategies will be presented, their contribution to the EU 2050 long-term strategy and implementation
On 13 February 2019, ReUseHeat held its first workshop in Brussels, combined with the Heat Roadmap Europe 4 final workshop. The event “Roadmaps are ready: now what?? Exploring the realities of the heat transition” gathered nearly 100 stakeholders from the EU Commission, NGOs, industry, city partners and research institutions. To read the event summary, please
The project consortium met in London, United Kingdom, on 6-7 March 2019 to discuss work progression, synchronize the upcoming deliverables and tasks, as well as to work on the ReUseHeat exploitation plan under the guidance of a SSERR (Support Services for Exploitation of Research Results) expert Andrea di Anselmo. At the exploitation workshop, two key
It’s the time of the third ReUseHeat Newsletter! Read about the first ReUseHeat workshop in Brussels with Heat Roadmap Europe 4; ReUseHeat meeting and exploitation plan workshop in London; the opportunity to win free pre-feasibility studies on excess heat recovery for district heating; and discover new ReUseHeat reports! Click here to view the online version.
From 15 April to 15 July 2019, ReUseHeat re-launches its survey on urban excess heat sources. Entering information in the questionnaire, the participants will be screened and *if seen as appropriate,* they will be rewarded with a pre-feasibility study! We invite urban excess heat owners (with particular focus on data centres, sewage water collectors, tertiary
The ReUseHeat report Accessible Urban Waste Heat shows a significant heat recovery potential from unconventional excess heat sources. Approximately 1.2 EJ (or 340 TWh) per year are possible to recover from data centres, metro stations, service sector buildings, and waste water treatment plants. This corresponds to more than 10 percent of the EU’s total energy
Urban waste heat recovery is a key to smart cities but to get there, many challenges need to be managed. The industry needs to go beyond its tradition of technical orientation and grasp the window of opportunity of the low temperature heat recovery. The opportunity allows the companies stepping over the threshold of technology to
The heat being wasted across Europe could cover 100% of our buildings’ needs. District heating and cooling networks can utilise excess heat available from various sources, including excess heat from urban facilities (i.e. data centres, sewage collectors, cooling systems of tertiary buildings, underground stations). However, due to some regulatory challenges, lack of large-scale replicable demonstrators
The metro network in Berlin Currently, the Berlin metro network consists of 146 km double track, 10 metro lines and 144 stations. The average distance between two stations is 0.8 km. In respect to thermal comfort, waste heat is a concern for the operator, passengers and working staff in underground transport systems. OPES aims to
Friday, 27 September 2019 10:00-11:00 AM CEST Join our stakeholder webinar to learn more about business models for waste heat recovery projects. You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/201813205
It’s the time of the fourth ReUseHeat Newsletter! There, you will find information on our upcoming stakeholder webinar on business models, ReUseHeat policy workshop on the potential of waste heat recovery investments, our new project partner and new metro demo site, opportunity to replicate ReUseHeat solutions with our expert support, as well as new ReUseHeat
The 2019 Global District Energy Climate Awards were revealed on 24 October 2019, during the 1st Sustainable District Energy Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland. The finalists were selected from cities and communities across the globe which demonstrate local district energy leadership in providing clean and sustainable energy solutions. ReUseHeat application ReUseHeat – excess heat recovery from
Wednesday, 18 December 2019 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CET Next stakeholder webinar in ReUseHeat will address the data centre in Braunschweig, Germany: it is close to commissioning phase and we want to share the experiences to date. Please also note that this demo, the data centre, has recently been awarded with the Global District
ReUseHeat features four technical demonstration sites but also emphasizes the importance of understanding the urban waste heat investment risk, business model and contract. The project hosted a policy event on low temperature waste heat recovery in Brussels which provided important input to the understanding of necessary urban waste heat boundary conditions. The input has been
When it is no longer possible to use fossil fuels, when incineration of biofuels is not desirable and the cost of carbon is properly reflecting the climate crisis, then the urban waste heat source will be of significant value, says Kristina Lygnerud, the ReUseHeat project coordinator, in her newest article for the APUEA Magazine.
You are kindly invited to the upcoming Celsius Talk marking the launch of the Celsius Forerunner Groups on Thursday March 26th at 10:30 CET. Based on the premise that cities and districts are in a position to take the lead in the energy transitions, the Celsius Initiative is now creating forerunner groups where cities and
It’s time for the fifth project newsletter! Read it here to find out about our ongoing activities, new project partner and demo site and latest waste heat news. Don’t forget to participate in the Celsius Talk on Forerunner Groups (more information here)! Click here to subscribe to the future project newsletters.
ReUseHeat partners Edward Wheatcroft, Henry Wynn (London School of Economics), Kristina Lygnerud (IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Giorgio Bonvicini (RINA Consulting S.p.A.) and Daniela Leonte (Tractebel Engineering) have recently published an open access article on The Role of Low Temperature Waste Heat Recovery in Achieving 2050 Goals: A Policy Positioning Paper. This article belongs to
Policy Webinar: How can waste heat recovery help decarbonise cities? Best practices & policy recommendations
The EU produces more waste heat than the demand of its entire building stock. Conservative estimates suggest that industrial waste heat could cover at least 25% of district heating generation. Moreover, there is significant heat recovery potential from unconventional waste heat sources, i.e. waste heat from data centres, metro stations, service sector buildings, or waste-water
The Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to identify high potential innovations and innovators in EU-funded research and innovation framework programmes. The goal of this initiative is to allow every citizen, public official, professional and business person to discover the outputs of EU innovation funding. The Innovation Radar platform builds on the information
ReUseHeat aims to promote a cost-effective and technically viable decarbonisation of the current heating and cooling system by demonstrating modular and replicable solutions enabling the recovery and reuse of waste heat available at urban level from different sectors in order to cope with the current and future challenges of climate change. To foster this
Find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the project implementation. Spoiler alert: ReUseHeat partners will keep working and sharing their results until September 2022! Read about our demo site change in Berlin, a new web-based visualisation tool, the latest policy webinar and “key innovations” of ReUseHeat included in the European Commission’s Innovation Radar! The
New open access article: Unconventional Excess Heat Sources for District Heating in a National Energy System Context
A team of researchers from the Department of Planning, Aalborg University has recently published an article based on the D1.5 of ReUseHeat “Urban excess heat utilisation in future energy systems” (access the original report here). This article belongs to the Section Energy Sources of the open access publication Energies 2020, 13(19), 5068; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13195068. Abstract
Underground energies in large urban developments Madrid will be facing in the next years the development of large urban developments in which underground waste energies can play a significant role. For the first time in Spain, the A5 highway emblematic burying foresees the use of the clean, CO2 free and renewable energy from the underground
Glesys, a hosting company based in Sweden, has recently published the book Ettor, Nollor, Barr och Kottar (Ones, Zeros, Pines and Cones), about the ever growing IT industry and the increased need of data centers. The book takes a playful and lighthearted approach with aim to educate the public about data centers – how they
On 19 March 2021, ReUseHeat joined forces with DryFiciency, REWARDHeat and R-ACES in a discussion on the opportunities to realising the potential of waste heat, and how they can be leveraged using the latest technological solutions. The discussion involved projects focusing on both industrial waste heat recovery (R-ACES and DryFiciency) and urban waste heat recovery
When done properly, stakeholder engagement can be the key to the success of a district energy network. Yet, there are many different stakeholders, and each is to be engaged in a particular way. In the framework of the Euroheat & Power Congress Virtual Thursdays, this April the Celsius Initiative is partnering up with the REWARDHeat and ReUseHeat projects to address the question of
It’s time for the seventh project newsletter! Read it here to find out about our demo site news, contribute to the ReUseHeat survey on urban waste heat potential and download the latest project reports and scientific publications. Don’t forget to participate in the Celsius Talk on Stakeholder Engagement (more information here)! Click here to subscribe
In every major European city, we find metro systems for individual transportation. Especially for lines that are deep in the underground, we experience high to very high tunnel air temperatures. In order to meet the goal of reducing the carbon footprint, it is worthwhile to use the high ambient temperature as a heat source for
The EU Green Deal proposes a path towards sustainable societies and EU leaders agreed on more ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050. In recent publications, the European Commission has put a strong emphasis on decarbonisation, greater efficiency and circularity of the heating and cooling sector. The EU Digital Strategy announced
Unfortunately, one of the speakers has had a personal setback and we must cancel the webinar. We apologise for this last-minute cancelation. Tertiary buildings in urban areas such as offices, schools, supermarkets, logistics centres or hospitals are a significant source of heat which could be recovered. All of them require some kind of cooling
In mid-July, the EU will issue key proposals to address heat decarbonisation – the so-called “Fit for 55” package. It is a critical moment, as this legislative package will determine the direction of heating and cooling policies in the EU for decades to come. Moreover, it will be essential in keeping the bar high on energy and climate
New open access article on Model-Based Contract Design for Low Energy Waste Heat Contracts: The Route to Pricing
We are pleased to inform you that another article in the context of ReUseHeat has been published in Energies and is available online: “Model-Based Contract Design for Low Energy Waste Heat Contracts: The Route to Pricing”. This paper has two main focuses. Firstly, the issue of efficiency in waste heat recovery is addressed with a
On July 28-29th, Giorgio Bonvicini and Sara Abd Alla from our ReUseHeat consortium partner RINA were in Vilnius (Lithuania) to have meetings and site visits with Vilniaus Šilumos Tinklai (VST), the company managing District Heating in Vilnius and Telecentras, the national TV, radio and communication company. VST and Telecentras are among the beneficiaries of the
In this newsletter, we are delighted to inform you about ReUseHeat replication studies, relevant publications and other initiatives that provide support on the implementation of waste heat recovery solutions. Read more here and stay in touch!
Give your opinion on the ReUseHeat dashboard visualization of heat sources in use for district energy system!
New technologies enable the use of warm heat sources to heat or cool buildings. In one of the ReUseHeat demo sites, we use the energy of the sea water, pumped at a depth of five meters. This energy is carried away by a fresh water network running through the city. This network allows the recovery
The ReUseHeat project is collaborating with Transport for London (TfL), the integrated transport authority responsible for meeting the Mayor’s strategy and commitments on transport in London. TfL runs the day-to-day operation of the Capital’s public transport network and manages London’s main roads. In the context of ReUseHeat Task 6.3, which is providing five free replication
ReUseHeat joined by Celsius Initiative organise their final public events in a joint conference on 7 September 2022 in Brussels. Key findings on the waste heat potential and urban waste heat recovery and along with all the experience from the demonstration sites will be presented by ReUseHeat. Celsius Initiative will share its main outcomes on the
sEEnergies project organises a series of webinars in March and April 2022. ReUseHeat project is joining on Thursday 21 April 2022, 09:00 – 10:00, the webinar on ‘Energy Efficiency, Spatial Potentials and Possible Future Developments‘ with a focus on future possibilities, where Kristina Lygnerud, the ReUseHeat project coordinator, will talk about recovery and utilization of
The trainings will be held online and are focused on the stakeholder groups interested in urban waste heat recovery and integration in district heating networks. Lectures, discussions and virtual site visits will be part of the trainings. The training sessions include both technical results and results linked to the business models, as well as experiences
The long awaited ReUseHeat Handbook for increased recovery of urban excess heat is publicly available here. It is the culmination of the ReUseHeat project work and consolidates information from low-temperature waste heat recovery sites. Apart from technical validation, the ReUseHeat project has generated knowledge about the urban waste heat potential in Europe, main stakeholders, how to write efficient contracts and
The ReUseHeat training modules in the form of videos were developed as part of the exploitation and replicability activities in order to share the knowledge and experience obtained during the study and implementation at the four demonstration sites. These modules include presentations of the demo sites and relevant quotes from internal and external partners. For