THERMOS pilot city Granollers cooperates with local industry to improve energy profiles.
On 15 March 2018, THERMOS pilot city Granollers held a meeting with its local industry and companies to address how to lower emissions and costs from energy supply. The meeting took place under the framework of the Granollers EcoCongost project aiming to create a single industrial zone covered by high-efficiency co-generation, renewable sources and district heating. During the meeting the city presented a first analysis of the individual thermal energy demand profiles of the participating companies based on the data collected during the monitoring phase of the project.
The developed demand profiles are to provide the basis for creating energy symbioses and assessing the practical and economic feasibility of covering industrial energy demand through a district heating network gathering its supply form a new thermal energy plant.
Currently, there are 12 local companies actively participating, with the energy needs of another 75 neighboring companies being evaluated. Cooperation and feedback loops between the city of Granollers and the participating companies will be upheld to improve energy demand rates in the coming months. The project is supported by the Barcelona Provincial Council and takes place under the framework of the Catalan Action Plan for Energy Efficiency in Industry. Granollers is currently also working with THERMOS on developing and publishing a free, open-source software to enable more sophisticated thermal energy system planning.
The first THERMOS Inspire event gathered key stakeholders to make integrated heating and cooling systems a reality.
This January, city authorities and organizations working towards integrated heating and cooling systems came together at the first THERMOS inspire event hosted by the Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU in Brussels. Participants discussed how state-of-the-art planning tools and solutions like THERMOS can assist in the transition towards affordable, clean energy.
Welcomed by H.E. Ambassador Luminiţa Teodora Odobescu, heating and energy experts exchanged on several key issues under the theme of Affordable smart city heating. Dream or reality? Panelists from Cologne, Graz, Stockholm and Burgas not only showcased local level ambitions, but also raised several key policy issues for implementation. Supported by representatives from ICLEI Europe and creara present, cities called for policy frameworks and measures providing economic incentives for market actors to take up long term integrated planning also considering health and living quality in the cities and towns. DG Energy underlined the relevance of THERMOS for Commission work on a future directive on energy efficiency in buildings that looks at low grid impact and harmonized energy system, going beyond the building level to integrate neighbouring buildings, infrastructure and districts. Participants also provided feedback into the THERMOS software, expressing interest in seeing social constraints (such as effects of roadworks or resistance to change of equipment) as well as emission calculations in the modeling tool.
Impressions taken from the event will feed into the next episode of the THERMOS inspire series taking place this coming autumn. For more information about THERMOS sign up to the newsletter here.
THERMOS Project Coordinator is paving the way for Bristol to become a ‘smart energy city’
In recent weeks, Bristol (United Kingdom), home to THERMOS project coordinator, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), has made headlines as it sets plans in motion to expand existing heat networks, allowing more businesses and homes in the city to access low carbon, sustainable heat and energy.
Speaking about the current expansion, Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy, Water and Regulatory Services with Bristol City Council, said: “We know that energy networks make a big impact on our city’s use of carbon. By providing low carbon heat networks we are helping to make a big shift towards ensuring the city is run on clean energy by 2050.”
Expansion to the existing heat networks come as part of wider ambitions to make Bristol a ‘smart energy city’. Ambitions which stem back to April 2015, when the Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration, an interdisciplinary group, convened by CSE, was established to address the steps needed to be undertaken for Bristol to realize this goal.
The Collaboration, which involves expert organization from across the private, public and voluntary sectors, seeks to establish a workable approach to overcoming the challenges associated with a city-wide energy system, and to understand how such a system can be put to work in the public interest.
One of the ways in which Bristol can further benefit from THERMOS’ work is through our user-friendly open-source software. The tool aims to provide advanced energy system data and models in an application to make heat network planning faster, more efficient, and more cost effective.
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Granollers host first THERMOS Stakeholder Liaison Group meeting
The city of Granollers (Spain) hosted their first THERMOS Local Stakeholder Liaison Group meeting on 15 December, 2017.
During the event, the project partners in the city introduced THERMOS, discussed the latest developments of the THERMOS application and shared details about Granollers’ plans to develop its heating network using the project software. As pilot city, Granollers will use THERMOS to investigate various heat network design options and developing modelling scenarios from these.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Granollers, Josep Mayoral Antigas, energy and urban planners from Granollers City Council, and representatives from local institutions such as ICGC, Incasòl and Diputació de Barcelona.
Meeting attendees showed a great interest in the THERMOS project and tools and discussed local considerations for the model development process and their hopes for the model. Attendees were also given the opportunity to raise questions or concerns regarding the THERMOS data, tool and the associated costs. Following the meeting attendees were invited to participate further in the THERMOS project as Trainers.
For more information about the work that THERMOS is doing in Granollers, click here.
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Partners and cities gather in Warsaw as city invests in district heating
Poland has long been considered the coal addict of Europe, being the largest burner of coal in the EU. However, in recent years the country has sought to shake off this old stereotype and is moving towards renewable energy sources. According to Poland’s national action plan, under the EU’s renewable energy directive, 15% of their total energy consumption must come from renewable sources by 2020. So far, just below 12% of their total energy consumption comes from renewable sources, but the trajectory is upward.
THERMOS pilot city, Warsaw, has a long history with district heating with the system, the largest of its kind in Europe, being installed in the city after the Second World War. The aging system is now in great need of repair and Poland is investing heavily to do so, having invested more than 30 million dollars in modernisation. Today, an on-going refurbishment programme continues to gradually replace older parts of the network with new components made of pre-insulated materials.
Through their involvement as a pilot city in the THERMOS project, Warsaw will be able to avail of the THERMOS tool and software to help optimize investment plans. The tool, which is currently under development, will provide advanced energy system data and models in a user-friendly open-source application to make heat network planning faster, more efficient, and more cost effective.
Representatives of the THERMOS project, met in the Polish capital Warsaw this month to participate in a Train-the-Trainer Workshop and a project meeting focused on assessing progress made and setting the scene for the next stage of the project. The knowledge and the experience collected over the 3 days will be used in the next phases of the THERMOS project. Face-to-face twinning meetings will begin in the Spring 2018, to encourage uptake of the tools and uptake of heating and cooling solutions.
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Improvements to district heating could save the UK billions
According to recently produced reports commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) the UK could save £30 billion through implementing eight new route maps in district heating networks.
At present, 56 per cent of UK building heat demand is concentrated within only four per cent of the country’s geographical area, and only 2 per cent of buildings are connected to district heat networks. High initial capital investment and long timescales for installation are key barriers to the wider scale deployment of district heat network. However, there is a clear potential to accelerate the pace and reduce the cost of identifying the most promising networks in a given area, and help ensure that the systems that do go ahead are the right ones. THERMOS aims to make local heat networks cheaper to develop by providing high resolution energy systems maps and free software for identifying viable heat networks.
Speaking about the research, Nicholas Eraut, ETI Project Manager at Energy Storage & Distribution said: “We believe that whilst industry can fund many of the activities required, central government is best placed to support the route maps in areas where commercial investment is likely.”
One UK city actively working to develop heat networks is THERMOS pilot city, the London Borough of Islington. Islington Council commenced work in this area in 2000 and launched its first heat network in Bunhill, in 2012. Islington Council is made more unique by the fact that it also owns and operates its own network, acting as a municipal energy company. Owning and controlling the network and the supply of heating to its residents is a key priority for the council, meeting its goal to secure cheaper, greener heat for its more vulnerable residents.
Islington hopes to build upon its work in this area and through the THERMOS project will continue with the expansion of Bunhill. Islington is also developing plans for further expansions as well as six new heat networks elsewhere in the borough.
For more information about Islington’s heat network plans and the work of our other cities, then visit the cities page on our website.
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Replication city, Berlin steps up commitment to end reliance on coal power by 2030
In an attempt to further reduce CO2 emissions and in a move towards renewable sources of energy, the German capital has stepped up its commitment to end its reliance on coal by 2030. The move comes following the city’s commitment to stop using brown coal, made a number of months ago.
Currently there are three coal-fired power plants operating in the city, but under new recently passed legislation these plants will be closed by 2030. Speaking about the recent move, Green Party climate protection spokesman Georg Kössler said: “Coal must be reserved for BBQs in Berlin.”
With the move away from coal there is a growing need to identify new energy heating and cooling sources. The THERMOS project can assist with this transition in providing advanced energy system data and models in a user-friendly open-source application to make heat network planning faster, more efficient, and more cost effective.
THERMOS is at present working with Berlin, one of its replication cities, and will continue to work closely with Deutsche Energie-Agentur (Dena), the national energy agency for Germany, and the Berlin City Council to develop an advanced heat map for the Berlin region, and test how that integrates with existing network planning tools.
For more information on THERMOS and their work in Berlin, visit here.
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Cascais localise SDGs in first for Portugal
In the first initiative of its kind in Portugal, THERMOS replication city Cascais publicly launched its local commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on September 21.
Countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its seventeen SDGs in 2015. With these goals, countries pledged to mobilise efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. Cascais is localising these goals and their respective targets through its pioneering “Cascais 2030” programme, which intends to transform the municipality over the next 13 years.
The programme includes the elaboration of a municipal strategy that contributes to their full compliance, impacting upon the municipality's competitiveness, quality of life of the citizens and the preservation of natural resources. This will be achieved by ensuring a broad debate and stakeholder participation, along with management tools to increase transparency and accountability of decision makers. In an innovative approach, Cascais will require all envisioned city projects to undergo a mandatory evaluation of the impacts on the SDGs and their targets. The initiative was commended by UN Secretary General António Guterres who wrote a letter of congratulations to the Mayor of Cascais, Carlos Carreiras.
An online dashboard containing all information about the “Cascais 2030” programme has been set up. THERMOS is among the good practice examples cited, specifically under Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities. With cities accounting for 60-80 per cent of energy consumption and 75 percent of carbon emissions, urban planning tools such as the THERMOS software will be key to meeting the goals of decarbonisation and high resource efficiency contained in the SDGs.
Find out more about Cascais and their role in THERMOS, here.
Open House at Bunhill Energy Centre (Islington)
Islington’s Bunhill Energy Centre, one of the London borough’s best-known and unusual buildings, opened its doors to the public as part of the Open House London last weekend. For the occasion, 230 visitors from all over the UK and some from beyond came to see inside the Energy Centre, to find out more about how the system works and to hear about ongoing expansion works. The audience ranged from people who had never heard of district heating through to engineering enthusiasts. The reaction from visitors was extremely positive, and the most common question was “Why isn’t everywhere doing this?”
Bunhill is Islington Council’s ground-breaking scheme retrofitting district heating in an inner-city environment. The energy centre houses a 1.9MWe gas CHP engine and 115m3 thermal store. The network comprises of 1km of trenching with 2km of insulated pipework. As the Borough’s first district-scale heat network, it serves over 800 homes, four offices and two leisure centres. The heat network and energy centre were completed in winter 2012 and provide cheaper, greener heat to residents.
The council manages Bunhill, gaining revenue from electricity and heat sales, which enables the council to pass savings on to residents via reduced energy bills. This approach also creates opportunities for Islington to further expand the heat network and develop further heat network opportunities across the borough and potentially across borough boundaries. In fact, the Council are currently extending the network to connect new build developments, with a second Energy Centre. The project will expand on the Council’s work to tackle fuel poverty and affordable warmth issues, and to investigate how heat networks can help support the move to low carbon heat supply, greater energy security, resilience and efficiency.
Bunhill 2 will capture waste heat from the London Underground via a heat exchange coil, the first project of its kind in the UK and one of the first in Europe. The extension brings in low carbon sources of heat to the residents of five communally heated residential blocks and seeks to supply several other new communally heated residential developments and a school. The new ventilation shaft for is nearing completion (see picture on right).
Find out more about Islington and their role in THERMOS, here.
photo credit: Alex Bosher, Vital Energi (left) and Islington Energy (right)
Jelgava hosts Local Stakeholder Group meeting
The city of Jelgava City hosted their first Local Stakeholder Liaison Group meeting on August 22, 2017. Like Jelgava, all pilot and replication cities involved in THERMOS have established a group of relevant local and regional stakeholders that support their city in the successful management and adoption of the THERMOS tools. On this occasion, the Jelgava project partners (Zemgale energy agency, Fortum, and Latvian Environmental Investment Fund) introduced THERMOS, discussed the latest developments of the THERMOS application and shared details about Jelgava’s plan to develop its heating network using the project software.
The Jelgava Liaison Group consists of city representatives from the local council and various departments, such as the municipal operational information center and the planning department, several local utilities providers, the Latvian Heat Company Association and more. Meeting attendees showed a great interest in the THERMOS project and tools and discussed local considerations for the model development process and their hopes for model.
The meeting also highlighted how the open-source software would facilitate the work of Jelgava city and other Latvian municipalities and heat supply companies. Inga Kreicmane, director of Zemgale region energy agency (ZREA), revealed that currently implementation of various heat supply projects takes a lot of time and financial resources at the planning stage, while the new system, allowing faster modeling, will allow investments to be made more efficiently. Fortum Jelgava representative Valdis Rieksts Riekstins added: "If the city budget is limited, the software will be able to understand the priority investments," he said.
At the different stages of the project, the Local Stakeholder Liaison Groups will meet to provide feedback. This includes providing input on mapping and modelling local energy systems, supporting with embedding the THERMOS application and identifying knowledge gaps and capacity needs for capacity building and training.
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Cities discuss THERMOS Application blueprint at Imperial College
An Application Design Workshop was hosted at the Imperial College (London) on 22 June, to identify and agree on key components and features of the THERMOS application based on the most important thermal planning needs of cities in Europe. According to Dr. Kamal Kuriyan, Imperial College Research Associate, “the workshop was the first step in an iterative process where we will develop and refine the THERMOS model specification based on user-feedback from the project pilot and replication cities.”
Cities present were invited to provide details about their municipal needs, in order to relate user requirements to THERMOS modelling choices. Jelgava (Latvia), Islington (UK), Warsaw (Poland), Granollers (Spain) and Greater London Authority (UK) gave their perspectives on the software blueprint presented by leading modeling partners Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Imperial College. In order to help the programmers further shape the tool and to identify areas of commonality and difference, the cities set out their specific energy planning challenges as well as special aspects or requirements to be considered.
Josh Thumim, Project Director at CSE, explains further: “Each city has somewhat different needs as a result of its individual circumstances and these workshops are all about exploring how we can produce a tool which is both technically robust and sufficiently flexible for the intended user-groups.” Some vital factors highlighted by cities in the discussions included: data reliability and updatability (GLA), cost-benefits elements to support cities to reduce costs (Jelgava), a flexible tool where economic variables such as heat price can be modelled ‘in-house’ by council staff (Islington), inclusion of additional aspects, ie: social needs of inhabitants and ecology (Warsaw), and "modular" approach enabling the building of scenarios versus business as usual (Granollers).
The latter half of 2017 will see the completion of the initial application design and the production of the first version application software. CSE is keen to keep to schedule: “Our aim is to get the pilot cities testing the THERMOS tool early in the project so we have plenty of time to roll out our replication programme and focus on dissemination and user-training.”
Meet your match: The thermal resource map, model and optimization system made for you!
THERMOS hosted a booth during European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2017, showing local authorities, public and private utilities, energy agencies and energy service providers new ways of implementing sustainable thermal energy system planning. Information on current solutions, including how THERMOS amplifies and accelerates the development of new, low-carbon heating and cooling systems across Europe in a cost-effective and efficient way, were shared at the EUSEW 2017 Networking Village 2 on the morning of 22 June.
Through free, open-source address-level energy system maps, THERMOS will enable faster upgrade, refurbishment and expansion of existing networks. Additionally, the Heat Roadmap Europe complements THERMOS’ bottom-up mapping and modelling approach with its na-tional-level Pan-European Thermal Atlas 4, a service analysing the heating and energy systems of the 14 largest users of heat in the EU, covering 85-90 percent of all heating and cooling demand in Europe.
In-depth explanations and live demonstration of the tools were offered at the stand, as well as a Networking Board where participants outlined what they “offer” and what they “need” related to thermal optimization, a business-card bowl for the exchange of contact details.
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Islington wins Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes Award
Pilot City London Borough of Islington won the Local Authority of the Year award at the UK National Energy Efficiency Awards 2017 (previously known as the Green Deal & ECO Awards). Islington was given this award for their excellent work in the energy efficiency sector and for their achievement of energy savings.
As a nominee, the nature, scale and scope of the work carried out by Islington Borough was considered. The Borough and its energy services were also evaluated on the impact that their work has had within Islington Borough, feedback from the local community, the level of in-house skills and expertise and the Council’s priorities for tackling fuel poverty within its current plans.
Congratulations to Islington and we look forward to seeing what achievements come next!
To check out all of the progress Islington has made in their heating and cooling systems, including the Bunhill Heat and Power network and the EnergyPro model, click here.
photo credit: Greater London Regional Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards
THERMOS partners and cities meet in Granollers to prepare the next steps of the project
Representatives of the Horizon 2020 THERMOS project, including 6 of the 8 Pilot and Replication cities – Granollers (Spain), Cascais (Portugal), Islington (UK), London (UK), Jelgava (Latvia), Alba Iulia (Romania), Warsaw (Poland), Berlin (Germany) – met in the Spanish city of Granollers to participate in a meeting focused on assessing progress made and setting the scene for the next stage of the project. The knowledge and the experience collected will be used in the next phases of the THERMOS project, aiming at accelerating and optimising the planning of local heating and cooling networks in Europe.
Cities involved gave a short presentation on the status of the heating and cooling sector in each respective city and of the needs that the THERMOS tool should address. In a next step, the Pilot cities will commence collection of data and relevant heating and cooling datasets, as well as drafting Baseline Replication Assessment Report. Based on the meeting feedback, leading partner CSE will develop an initial tool design. The first version of the tool will be presented at a technical workshop in London on 22 June (invitation-only), which coincides with the European Energy Week. Face-to-face twinning meetings will also take place in each of the cities starting this year, to encourage uptake of the tools and uptake of heating and cooling solutions.
The project meeting wrapped up with a drive through the Jordi Camp industrial of and a visit of the Vallès Oriental Waste Management plant. The plant, which collects 45000 tons of waste per year, produces ca.8 billion Killowatt hours per year through its composting and biomethanisation. The day wrapped up with a leisurely tour of the historical and pedestrian area of Granollers and a dinner hosted by the Mayor of Granollers Josep Mayoral i Antigas.
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THERMOS takes the floor at HRE Workshop
On the occasion of the Heat Roadmap Europe (HRE) workshop in Brussels on Tuesday March 7th, over 80 participants from all over Europe, including consortium partners CSE, Creara, and ICLEI Europe, gathered together for the afternoon to consider the how HRE4 results could support solutions to decarbonise the heating sector on the local, national, and European scale.
Participants learned about the different types of heating and cooling demand and supply, the exact heating and cooling potential, and where it is located. Following this, the much awaited upgraded Pan European Thermal Atlas (Peta4), interactive maps of the heating and cooling demand, efficiency, and supply in Europe, was launched.
Discussions wrapped up with questions from the audience and a panel discussion with related EU heating and cooling projects, to explore synergies and potential for unfolding project results. The “sister projects” present were CELSIUS, PLANHEAT, CoolHeating, and last but not least THERMOS, represented by Joshua Thumim (Centre for Sustainable Energy).
For more information and for presentations visit the Heat Roadmap Europe website.
THERMOS project kicks off in Islington, UK
Councillor Claudia Webbe welcomed THERMOS partners to London at the Islington Ecology Centre on October 11th, 2016. The 15 project consortium partners gathered in Pilot City LB Islington, for the occasion of the first project meeting. Martin Holley of CSE, managing the project, stated on the occasion:
"Currently, the processes associated with building and upgrading thermal networks are excessively drawn out due to repeated analyses, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies of different options and routes - a kind of reinvention of the wheel every time someone proposes a district heating network. If we do our job well, THERMOS provides public authorities and other agencies with energy-system mapping methodologies, software and associated modelling tools that enable them to develop, expand and upgrade district heating and cooling systems far more efficiently and cost effectively than they do now. This approach massively reduces planning costs."
Before setting off on a study tour of the Bunhill Energy Centre, meeting participants enjoyed a premiere viewing of an endearing video by the pupils of the local Moreland Primary School about the second phase of the Bunhill Heat and Power project. The children explained how the pioneering Bunhill energy centre would be taking heat from the London Underground, to supply more homes with cheaper, greener heating.
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