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Article written by David Cheze (CEA)

The SunHorizon activities carried out in T2.4 achieved preliminary conceptual design of the Technology Packages relying on dynamic TRNSYS simulation of the new heating system models, in small and large-scale, residential and tertiary, renovated or non-renovated envelopes buildings.

Especially, the table below is showing how the SunHorizon industrial partners sketched the combination of their solar panels, tanks, heat pump and controller technologies as TP1, TP2, TP3, TP4 to be deployed later on during “WP6 Demonstration” in the 8 demo sites across Europe (Germany, Spain, Belgium and Latvia). 

The overall 18 partners involved in the 8 demo case groups managed to work together and achieved agreement on preliminary hydraulic design and component sizing of the 4 new TPs integrated in demo site.

In parallel, the simulation partners developed the models for demo cases’ building, users’ consumption profiles, weather conditions thanks to inputs from “T2.1 Collection of demo site information” and “T6.1 Analysis of collected demo cases data for establishing demo case energy baseline”. These boundary conditions have been connected to the newly developed final assembly of the TPs’ models, including not only hydraulics but also the control of the new systems.

Thanks to the parametric simulation study performed on the components’ sizes, each group made decision about the preliminary concepts of TP integrated in the demo site currently recommended. The demo cases primary energy savings ranges from 24% in Verviers SwimmingPool to 76% in Madrid residential 9-apartments building and OPEX cost savings from 20.6% in San Lorenço residential single family house to 84.6% in Madrid again, the 20% target aimed for both criteria is achieved for the 8 demo cases.

Looking at the baseline of the 8 demo cases shows that the performance level in energy or economic saving is largely influenced by the reference building and heating system: some demo cases shows already energy efficiency performance level for the envelope or the heating system or both while others shows poor ones. In addition, looking at systems involving photovoltaic panels, the results emphasized the influence of considering different system boundaries when including the specific electricity consumption of the whole building or only the electricity consumed by the DHW/heating/cooling system.

A presentation of the results is planned in September 2020 at the Eurosun conference in Athens.

SunHorizon @The renewable wave of projects

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SunHorizon will be presented at the first episode of the Online Project Talks series organised by its partner, the European Heat Pump Association.

We will start on the 30th of June from 10:30 to 12:00 CET with the first episode of our series: “The Renewable Wave of Projects” , in which we will present four innovative projects that are boosting the use of different renewable energies in Europe, as well as our Research and Innovation Committee that tries to inform and develop future such projects.

More in details:

  • “Sustainability and Geothermal energy promotion” – GeoAtlanticproject by Eduardo Rodriguez (EergyLab) 
  • “Innovative sun-coupled heat pumps” – SunHorizon project by Alessandra Cuneo (RINA Consulting S.p.A.) 
  • “Energy tunnels: an opportunity of development for urban areas” – Enertun by Alessandra Insana (Politecnico di Torino) 
  • “Connecting the ETIP RHC project with EHPA’s Research & Innovation Committee” – SecRHC project project and EHPA’s R&I Committee by Dan Stefanica (European Heat Pump Association) 

Register here

Full Agenda available here

More info on the event here

Heat Pump in Renovation – SunHorizon

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How to move away from fossil fuels? Efficient deployment of heat pumps in multifamily buildings is possible.

The European Heat Pump Association published a brochure presenting different valuable projects that are applying heat pumps in renovating buildings. 

The goal is to provide concrete examples of efficient renovations in tertiary and residential buildings, demonstrating the use of heat pumps.

In the brochure we published an article about the SunHorizon demo site in Berlin (Germany).

In SunHorizon project we are demonstrating our five technology packages in eight different demos in Europe. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the energy savings from our sun-coupled innovative heat pumps.

Have a look at the brochure here.

SunHorizon next workshop – 04.06.2020 @SP

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“Renewable Heating and Cooling Solutions for Buildings and Industry” worksop

on the 04th of June 2020, Aix-les-Bains (France), at Sustainable Places conference

In the framework of Sustainable Places 2020, 12 projects from the RHC field are organising this workshop on Renewable heating and cooling solutions for buildings and industry.
The workshop will include:

  • The presentation of the latest publication of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling – RHC ETIP, 2050 Vision for 100% renewable heating and cooling in Europe
  • A selection of H2020 EU-funded projects involving experts from the biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and heat pump sectors to discuss a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling for buildings and industry.

Participating projects : SWS-Heating – HYBUILD – CREATE – TRI-HP – HYCOOL – SHIP2FAIR – SUNHORIZON– Heat4Cool – GEOFIT – SCORES – Innova microSolar – SolBioRev

More info about the Sustainable Places 2020 conference here

Registration avaible here.



On the 27th of February 2020, SunHorizon project participated in Thermoss last workshop about “Advanced technologies for heating and cooling at building and district level”, and had the opportunity to be presented by our partner Stefano Barberis (from RINA Consulting S.p.A.).

We were happy for this opportunity, and sharing our project technologies and goals with the participants.

Some pictures of the event below:

They are talking about our Verviers demos

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SunHorizon joint workshop, 27.02.20, Brussels

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We are exited to participate in Thermoss project final workshop in Brussels on the 27th of February 2020, and present SunHorizon project and its heating and cooling solutions for buildings which are stepping forward decarbonising the sector and meeting EU 2030 and 2050 goals.

We are looking forward to exchange good practices with our sister project Thermoss and Heat4Cool. 

The workshop will be held in rue du Trône 62, in Brussels on the 27th of February 2020 from 09:00 to 13:00. 

Registration available here

Agenda available here

SunHorizon- Newsletter n. 2

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Check out the second newsletter published by SunHorizon project.

In this edition you will find an update on:

  • the activities implemented in the first year,
  • interviews of two demos,
  • stakeholders engagement,
  • the new video (D8.4) in which we present the project,
  • events.

have a look at the newsletter during your coffee breaks and if you haven’t done it yet, register here , thus you can be always update on our project activities!

Stay tuned !

1st year of the project

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Some considerations from our project coordinator

Alessandra Cuneo – RINA Consulting S.p.A.

SunHorizon project started in September 2018 and will run until August 2022 for a total of 48 months. The first year of the project has just ended and a lot of work has been performed in this period from all the project partners.

Some milestones: 

  • The technology package final layout for all the demo has been defined. The different technology providers, together with the other partners, worked in a strong collaborative way to define the best layout for each demo site, based on the single constraints and needs.
  • Each technology provider strongly worked on its specific technology to improve design and efficiency with a decrease of OPEX and CAPEX. First preliminary simulation results of the TP performances were evaluated by TRNYS. SunHorizon TPs will save from 20 to 40 primary energy with a reduction up to 40% GHG emissions.
  • The monitoring platform architecture for the demos is defined, and a pre-monitoring phase will start in March 2020 in Sunisi and Sant Cugat demo sites. Here the full control concepts will be developed and tested. 

During the next phase, the project will focus on the engineering design of the TPs installation in the eight demo sites, together with the tests of the improved technologies at CEA and CNR laboratories. 

The first project results will be presented during the next year Sustainable Places conference (June 2020), together with the first stakeholders workshop. Stay tuned!

Picture of the SunHorizon consortium during the M12 General Assembly.

Discover more about our demos in Verviers (Belgium)

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Name of the interviewee : Jean-Luc Pluymers – Groupement de Redéploiement Economique de Liège (GRE-Liège), Belgium

Demo site ID: 

Location: Verviers, Belgium

Type of building: 

  • Swimming Pool of Verviers – 4500 sq meter (2 swimming pools (one of 25 meters and a small one for children) + sport halls 
  • Hall Moray – Sport center of 1515 sq meters 

Climate: Average Climate

Technologies and partners involved in this demo site:

  • Swimming pool of Verviers: TP2 – Mixed solar assisted / parallel integration: 
    • HP boiler (BoostHeat) for DHW with existing gas boiler as back-up;
    • thermal output from solar hybrid PV-T (DualSun) to cover part of the heat demand from swimming pool and assist evaporator of boostheat for DHW. 
    • PV-T (from DualSun) will be added for electrictity production for local appliances. 
    • RatioTherm will participate as well to the project for the sensible thermal storage.
  • Hall Moray: TP1 – Parallel Integration
    • Thermal output from solar thermal (TVP Solar) to DHW tank with existing gas boiler as back up
    • Complementary DHW heat demand supplied by thermal compression HP
    • RatioTherm with sensible thermal storage.

Date of the demo site visit: December 13, 2018


The Sport Center demo site building (Hall Albert Moray) is a municipal facility (tertiary building) that has different spaces to develop all kinds of sportive activities.
The Albert Moray Sports Centers is a sports complex from 2006 and is located in rue des Chapeliers No. 2 in Ensival. The building has four gyms, where basketball, table tennis, fencing and martial arts can be practised. It also incorporates a cafeteria 

Swimming pool of Verviers: The Verviers swimming pool is located in the beautiful Fabiola park, a stone’s throw from the city centre. With a 25m long and 14m wide, the large neighbouring pool with a smaller and shallower pool, in which young children learn to get used to water.

The swimming pool, whose current building is composed of several distinct areas, has different architectural features. Those differences can be explained by different exploitation according to the zones: the swimming pool, the cloakrooms, the offices, sports halls, technical rooms. 

What are the energy challenges of your demo site?

For both demo sites, the energy challenge is the high energy demand and consumption. For the pool, there is a high level of heat. Current SunHorizon technology (BoostHeat) will not be able to supply all the energy demand.

From a technological point of view, it is planned to install 471 square meters of solar thermal panels on the pool roof, 200 square meters of thermal panels on the Moray Hall, 2 heat pumps of 20KW inside the pool and the Moray Hall and 2 tanks (Rathiotherm) on each of the sites.

Do you see any policy obstacles referred to SunHorizon technologies application, specifically related to the local/national regulations where the demo site is located and, more in general, at EU level?  

The only obstacles for the Sunhorizon technologies are the tendering procedures – if technical specifications are too defined, it is not possible to propose Sunhorizon technologies. There is a need for demonstration and dissemination about those new technology combinations. 

What is your motivation to participate in the project and which is your role?

GRE-Liege is an incubator of new project ideas. Its role is to foster innovation in the region. On top of it, Energy is one of GRE Liege development axis.

GRE-Liege often plays an intermediary role between public authorities located in the province of Liege and other large innovation projects as H2020 Project. It enables public authorities to participate in EU project. The GRE-Liège is very happy to be able to provide its assistance and expertise to municipalities in order to develop such projects.

Which are the expected benefits your company aims to demonstrate in the SUNHORIZON project?

The expected benefit of Sunhorizon is to identify new technologies to support GRE Liege public partners to lower their energy costs 

and be able to replicate the use of the technologies in other public buildings in the future, thus to optimize the energy consumption in public buildings.

Pictures of the demo sites: