Roadmaps are ready: now what?? Exploring the realities of the heat transition

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 click here.

During the ReUseHeat part of the event, participants gained an insight into the potential of excess heat recovery as a major source for district energy networks in Europe, as well as business models and bankability of such projects. The workshop featured presentations by the project coordinator Kristina Lygnerud (IVL), an overview of the excess heat potentials by Urban Persson (Halmstad University), first results of the market and stakeholder analysis by Daniela Leonte (Tractebel Engineering Romania), insights into contracts in district heating by Edward Wheatcroft (London School of Economics and Political Science), as well as bankability of urban waste heat recovery investments by Giorgio Bonvicini (RINA Consulting).

In addition to interesting presentations from the project partners, a highlight of the event was a vivid panel discussion featuring representatives from district heating utility company (Angel Andreu, Veolia), financing institution (Joost Declerck, Belfius) and a related project on data centre efficiency (Diego Arnone, CATALYST). The debate focused on the practical implementation of waste heat recovery investments.

An important conclusion is that urban waste heat recovery is seen as something positive but little is known about it. Even though the heat pump technology is mature the low temperature installations in district heating are not. For an investor it is difficult to understand the industry of district heating and even more challenging to understand the benefits of the low temperature heat recovery. Here, the ReUseHeat project has an important role to play in the awareness and capacity building on urban waste heat schemes.