On 13-14 March 2018, the ReUseHeat project team together with the advisory board received a warm welcome in Bucharest, Romania.
With this occasion, project partners made detailed updates on the ongoing activities and next steps. A key objective of the meeting was to address the interaction between the different project actions and the members of the advisory board.
Work is ongoing on mapping the waste heat recovery potential from the unconventional urban sources covered by the project, as well as on setting up the four corresponding demonstration sites.
The highlight of the two days was the visit to the Romanian demonstration site. The the waste heat produced in the Piata Unirii underground station in Bucharest will be recovered and reused to provide heating and hot water to an adjacent shopping centre. Participants were guided by the ReUseHeat project partners Metroul and Tractebel Engineering, together with representatives of Metrorex (the company running the Bucharest metro network) and Unirea Shopping Center (the waste heat beneficiary).
The innovative approach of the Bucharest demonstration site will bring multiple benefits to all actors involved. A heat pump system will produce space heating and hot water sustainably and efficiently. Besides the recovery of heat which would otherwise be wasted (produced by the functioning of the trains, the ventilation systems as well as passengers), the underground station will significantly increase its energy savings since the ventilation/cooling system would need to work less in order to maintain a comfort temperature inside the station. Lower electricity consumption means of course lower energy bills.