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New knowledge database for solar district heating

2018-10-02T16:34:24+00:00 Oct 2nd, 2018|

Under the well-known web address www.solar-district-heating.eu, the partners of the SDHp2m project present a completely renewed information portal for solar district heating. A highlight of the new website is the knowledge database with a lot of sector expertise.

“With the knowledge database, we make available valuable expertise and numerous publications, which we produced in cooperation with national and international partners in more than two decades. It merges the results of the three EU funded SDH projects SDHtake-off, SDHplus and SDHp2m as well as several national projects,” says Thomas Pauschinger from the Steinbeis Research Institute Solites, coordinator of the SDHp2m project. The content of the database extends from information brochures and scientific publications to calculation tools and technical figures for professionals. It is indexed by keywords or can be filtered with full-text search.

The new website is an international and multi-language project with contributions from 25 partners in 13 different countries. Last year an all-time high was reached with 75,000 site visits. “This visitor record is also a clear sign, that the interest in solar district heating is sustainable and steadily increasing,” says Pauschinger, “Used at large-scale, solar thermal is economically feasible, area-efficient and technically mature. This is also the reason, why we find solar thermal as key element in many scientific strategies for the energy transition in Europe.”

With the relaunch, the new website is not only optimized for desktop computers but also easy to use on any mobile device. The relaunch of the website www.solar-district-heating was financed through the Horizon 2020 project SDHp2m and national projects presented on the website.

Support for SDH feasibility studies in Western Balkans

2018-10-02T15:08:16+00:00 Oct 2nd, 2018|

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is now funding feasibility studies under a programme called Renewable District Energy in the Western Balkans, or ReDEWeB for short. Town and city governments, and project developers, can send applications to the bank’s headquarters in London to receive grants for renewable energy systems at either new or existing district heating plants. In the case of ReDEWeB, renewable district energy systems are defined as producing heat or cold from solar thermal, biomass, biogas, geothermal, waste heat or heat pumps or the sea, lakes or rivers.

“We really would like to drive the solar thermal agenda forward now, after having realised multiple biomass investments in the Western Balkans and Ukraine and having completed geothermal power projects in Turkey,“ said Greg Gebrail, Principal District Energy Specialist at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, or EBRD for short. He added: “There is already a tradition of utilising district heating systems in the Western Balkans, and there is great potential for building or expanding systems based on renewables.” In partnership with the government of Austria, the EBRD has launched the ReDEWeB fund to support the integration of renewables, especially solar thermal, into district energy installations. There are six countries in the Western Balkans, namely Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. Slovenia and Croatia are already part of the European Commission.

Gebrail has recently posted a job advert for a fund manager position in Belgrade, Serbia, to look for someone who can promote ReDEWeB across the region over the next three years. He or she would be in charge of day-to-day operations, business relations with stakeholders in the partner countries, and marketing events related to ReDEWeB.

The EUR 4 million budget that the Austrian government has allocated for the programme will be used for both technical assistance and small investment grants. Technical assistance involves support for national and local policy initiatives which encourage the adoption or expansion of renewable district energy, as well as for feasibility studies to implement specific projects. Key initiatives and studies will be fully funded by ReDEWeB. “We can also provide small grant subsidies to help with the construction costs of ambitious projects,” said Gebrail.

Those eligible to submit funding requests to the EBRD in London (see contact details below) include city and town governments, public utilities and private sector project developers. The managers of ReDEWeB will work hand in hand with the Energy Community Secretariat, an international body, to expand the EU’s energy market rules and principles into other countries in the Balkans, across the Black Sea region and beyond.

To learn more about ReDEWeB, please contact Greg Gebrail, Principal District Energy Specialist at the EBRD or click for more information here.

Submitted by Bärbel Epp
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How to monitor emerging SDH markets

2018-10-02T16:33:30+00:00 Sep 30th, 2018|

A new fact sheet of the SDHp2m project describes how the SDH development, especially in emerging markets, can be monitored over time. It includes recommended information to gather, the process of collecting it and a proposed definition of what to include in the category ‘SDH’.

For monitoring SDH market development, the first point to address is to give an exact definition of a solar district heating plant and also, depending on the market characteristics, a minimum size of the system.

Another key aspect is the amount of information which should be provided and that should be possibly checked with the plant owner and operator. It must include at least: Location, year of commissioning, collector area (aperture or gross) and thermal capacity (in kWth).

Additional details can then include owner of the system, collector type, annual solar yield, type and volume of storage, conventional energy sources used, investment costs, etc.

The new factsheet was elaborated by Daniel Trier from PlanEnergi and is available here.