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 and study tours took place, letting attendants meet, discuss, inspire and create with the aim of addressing the transition towards a sustainable new concept of cities (including their energy model).
Particularly, on DAY 2 there was a specific session dedicated to “Zero energy buildings for zero energy cities”, where different interesting cases of very low or positive energy urban areas and heating/cooling networks and solutions were exposed.
ReUseHeat had a relevant presence through the participation in one of the presentations within this session. The potential of waste heat recovery as a tool to achieve Nearly Zero Energy Buildings was explained by Silvia Sanjoaquín from Naturgy. Particular focus was put on ReUseHeat demonstrator in La Paz Hospital in Madrid, which is based on the waste energy recovery from the hospital’s cooling system to reduce the energy consumption in the local thermal network. It was described in detail including replication opportunities and key aspects to overcome common barriers.
The presentation can be viewed here.