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SunHorizon @SustainablePlaces, on the 06 June 2019

SunHorizon @SustainablePlaces, on the 06 June 2019 1024 512 SunHorizon Project

Joint Workshop “Solar and Thermal energy: Europe’s precious energy sources for efficient industries and buildings

On the 06th of June 2019, Room Cala Mariolu in Lazzaretto, @SustainablePlaces, in Cagliari (Italy)

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We kindly invite you to our “Solar and Thermal energy: Europe’s precious energy sources for efficient industries and buildings” workshop, organised by HYCOOL, SHIP2FAIR, THERMOSS, SUNHORIZON and HYBUILD.

These projects are implementing the most social acceptance renewable energy technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps for both the residential and the industrial sectors, by reducing the energy consumption and increasing the thermal comfort and high performances in industrial processes.

If you are interested in their innovative applications, come and get inspired by what these projects are doing…

The SunHorizonproject aims at unlocking the potential for a cost-effective solution based on innovative heat pumps and solar technologies. 

Thermossaims to contribute to wider deployment of advanced building heating and cooling technologies and facilitate their connection with district heating.

The main goal and innovative aspect of SHIP2FAIRis to foster the integration of solar heat in industrial processes from the agro–food sector. 

HyCool’s mission is increasing the use of solar heat in industry processes, by coupling of a new Fresnel CSP Solar thermal collectors (FCSP) with specially build Hybrid Heat Pumps

HYBUILD combines a compact sorption storage, a high-density latent storage, and an efficient electric storage in residential buildings. 

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When: 06th June 2019 

Time:from 14:00 to 15:30 

Where: Room Cala Mariolu in Lazzaretto, Sustainable Places, Cagliari (Italy)

Please note that in order to attend the workshop you will need to obtain a ticket to Sustainable Places conference. You can find more information here.


AGENDA:

14:00Welcome by Mr Regis Decorme (R2Msolutions)

Projects’ presentation
Moderator: Mr Regis Decorme

14:05 HYCOOL – Mr Andrea Frazzica 
14:10 SHIP2FAIR – Mr Stefano Barberis
14:15 SUNHORIZON – Ms Alessandra Cuneo
14:20 THERMOSS – Ms Federica Fuligni 
14:25 HYBUILD – Mr Sergio Valentino Costa

Panel interaction 
Moderator: Mr Regis Decorme
One speaker per project will answer to the following questions:

14:30 What is the highest technological challenge of your project?
14:40 How digitalization and monitoring data can facilitate the promotion of the technologies of your project?
14:50 How to increase social acceptance of your project technologies? what are non-technological barriers?
15:00 How are you targeting the cost reduction of your technologies?


Final session

15:10 Final wrap – up, by the moderator Mr Regis Decorme
15:15 Q&A 

15:30 End of the Workshop

Discover more about our demo site in Riga (Latvia)

Discover more about our demo site in Riga (Latvia) 874 572 SunHorizon Project

Interview to Zane Broka from RTU (Riga Technical University), demo site coordinator of our site in Riga, Latvia.


Demo site ID:

Location: Riga, Latvia
Type of building:two single-family houses – 234.6 m2in Imanta and 144 m2in Sunīši, both have two floors (ground floor and 1stfloor).
Climate: Latvia is located in the temperate climate zone and therefore has four pronounced seasons. The climate can be described as typical European continental influenced climate with warm/dry summers and fairly severe winters. The annual average outdoor temperature in Riga is 6.9ºC, and the annual global horizontal solar radiation in Latvia is 1042 kWh/m². In Riga, there are 94 days with snow in a year, and the average duration of the heating season is 203 days/year.
Technologies and partners involved in this demo site:
Gas-driven heat pump (BoostHEAT), hybrid PV/T panels (DualSun), stratified thermal storage tank (Ratiotherm).
Date of the demo site visit: 05th March 2019.


Presentation of the demo site:

Both houses are recently built – in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Currently they use gas boilers for space heating and DHW production. The demo site in Sunīši also has two air-to-air heat pumps already installed which are mostly used for cooling of the main house and the playroom in an adjacent garage building during summer.
The demo site visit in Riga took place on a chilly and rainy spring day. The visit was attended by the main technology providers for this demo site – BoostHEAT, DualSun, and CheckWatt. Partners took the opportunity to inspect the existing heating system and its setup, and we also talked to the house owners to better understand their needs, for example with respect to the user interface that will be developed by CheckWatt. 
The potential places for installation of the SunHorizon technology packages were also examined, and it was particularly important to select a suitable place for the large thermal storage tank and choose the optimum placement of solar thermal panels.


What are the energy challenges of your demo site?

The heating season in Latvia, being located in the Northern part of Europe, lasts for seven months, leading to large overall consumption of thermal energy, which is several times higher than, for example, consumption of electricity. To that end, efficient operation of the heating system is crucial as it can ensure significant savings to the home owners. Also, it is important that the heating system is able to cover the peak demand for thermal energy during cold spells – while the average temperature during the heating season is 0ºC in Riga, in rare occasions it can decrease down to –25/30ºC.


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? 

One of the main obstacles in Latvia is the existing net metering system for microgenerators, which is also applicable to solar panels with installed power ≤ 11.1 kW. The current system is not particularly beneficial as it implies payments for grid tariffs and, particularly, renewable energy levies also for the part of energy generated by the panels and consumed onsite. Moreover, this system does not reimburse energy fed into the grid which exceeds the amount consumed by the household itself (within one year).


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

RTU (Riga Technical University) is responsible for the organisation and management of demonstration activities in two houses in Riga. Our task has been to recruit participants, select suitable demo sites and manage the deployment of technologies ensuring inconvenience to the residents is kept to minimum.

 For us, it is exciting to trial innovative heating technologies, find the best solutions of how to integrate these technologies into existing buildings, and through our real-life experience assess the existing or potential barriers for a wide-spread deployment of this type of technologies in Latvia.


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

Through the real-life trial of SunHorizon technology packages in Riga, we aim to demonstrate and assess the benefits attainable in terms of energy consumption reduction and lower energy bills. We also expect to promote wider usage of renewable energy sources and distributed generation, such as the solar thermal panels and heat pumps as a much more efficient alternative to the existing heating solutions. Based on the statistics, only 0.4% of households employ heat pumps in Latvia – significantly less than in the neighbouring Baltic countries (Estonia and Lithuania). Furthermore, installed capacities of solar generation in Latvia are also negligible compared to that of our neighbours despite the weather conditions being quite similar.


Pictures from the demo site visit

House in Imanta

House in Sunīši

Discover more about our demo site in Madrid (Spain)

Discover more about our demo site in Madrid (Spain) 452 304 SunHorizon Project

Interview to Diego Romera from EMVS, demo site owner of our site in Madrid, Spain.

Demo site ID:

Location: Madrid, Spain
Type of building: (Multi Family Residential Building, 1072 m2, 9 Apartments + 2 Commercial Premises)
Climate: Mediterranean
Technologies and partners involved in this demo site: Reversible Heat Pump (BDR), Sola PV-T (Dual Sun), Thermal Storage (Ratiotherm)
Date of the demo site visit: 28thFebruary 2019


Presentation of the demo site:

The building was built in 1948 and is located in the city centre of Madrid, in the residential district of Lavapies, specifically in Tres Peces 9 Street.
It is a multi-family residential building, rectangular shaped, with south oriented main façade. The other three orientations (two sides and the back) consists on dividing walls in contact with other buildings. A central courtyard serves with natural lighting and ventilation to the interior-side rooms of the building. It also accommodates the staircase and the lift hole.
The building has two commercial premises, one interior dwelling and several common rooms on the ground floor, and eight dwellings on the rest of the floors above ground at a rate of two per floor (within four floors).
The building belongs entirely to EMVS (partner of the SunHorizon project) and it is being rented to people with social and economic difficulties.
An unfavourable ITE (Technical Building Inspection) report was carried out requiring immediate reparation of several technical aspects. For this reason, it is intended to make a refurbishment, out of Sun Horizon Project, of structure, envelope, and accessibility.
The existing HVAC systems consists of individual gas boilers that covers the needs of heating and DHW.
At the end of February 2019, was organised a technical meeting and a visit onsite. The building was examined, and was stablished the basis for further technical developments.


What are the energy challenges of this demo site?

With the renovation of the envelope, it is intended to reduce 70% the energy demand of the heating, and with SunHorizon project, thanks to the centralization and the high efficiency of the heat pumps coupled with solar technology, reduce the energy consumption to minimum levels.


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?  

It has been approved the new law in Spain that regulates the energy self-consumption. This will enhance PV installations. 
At the moment, any obstacles have not been identified.


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

Spain is a country with a huge potential in terms of solar energy generation. An optimized coupling of this renewable technology with heat pump systems, could achieve very high energy efficiency and considerably reduce the levels of energy consumption. 

Due to this reason, SunHorizon project aims at serving as a replicable model for many other EMVS’ buildings in Madrid city centre with similar architectural characteristics and type of tenants, facing energy poverty.Which are the expected benefits your company aims to demonstrate in the SUNHORIZON project?


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

We expect to have buildings with very low energy consumption. 
In addition, the integration of SunHorizon technologies must assure an easy and cheap operation and maintenance.


Pictures from the demo site visit

Discover more about our demo site in Sant Llorenç d’Hortons (Spain)

Discover more about our demo site in Sant Llorenç d’Hortons (Spain) 420 306 SunHorizon Project

Interview to Pierre Koenig from BDR Thermea (France), demo site coordinator of Sant Llorenç d’Hortons, Spain.


Demo site ID: 

Location: Sant Llorenç d’Hortons, Barcelona, Spain
Type of building: Single-family house, built in 2002, 204 m² (main floor: 120m², second floor 39m², basement 45m²)
Climate: Mediterranean (Köppen climate classification: Csa, with mild winters and hot summers)
Technologies and partners involved in this demo site:
BDR Thermea for systems providing:
Reversible Heat Pump – Thermal panels – Photovoltaic panels – Storage tank;
Schneider Electric for monitoring;
Checkwatt for data collection;
CEA for modelling of the system;
Date of the demo site visit: 19th December 2018


Presentation of the demo site:

The Sant Llorenç d’Hortons demo site is a single-family house, in which there is an already working hybrid system installed, composed by an Air/Water Heat Pump (HP) connected to an oil boiler. 
This system will be replaced by a new Air to Water Heat Pump, and a Thermal & Photovoltaic solar field of 6 m² that will supply the heat pump.
The visit of the demo site (organised on the 19th December 2018), offered the opportunity to check the space availability in the technical room, analyse the solar potential of the roof. In that occasion, we highlighted some constraints and we were able to draw the existing hydraulic circuit. 
Nevertheless, this was an excellent opportunity to exchange information among SunHorizon partners and with the owner of the house.
The exchanges were rewarding.


What are the energy challenges of this demo site?

Since the owner would like to keep both the current boiler and the electrical generator as backup, the challenge will be to cover all yearlong the energy demand of the house, by using renewable energies and an easy controller, ensuring a pleasant indoor comfort for the users. 
However, the Heat Pump efficiency and the solar panels production are directly linked to the weather conditions – we have to consider this variable.


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 temperature of distribution of sanitary water is related to the legionella legislation, hence high temperature needs to be generated by the heat pump.
The policies and subsidies for self-production of electricity using the photovoltaic panels depend on the Spanish legislation, constantly evolving.
European regulation on CO2 emission “F-Gas (EU 517/2014)” drives the growing heat pump market, with a phase-out of refrigerant with Global Warming Potential (GWP) too high.


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

The main role of BDR Thermea in Sant Llorenç d’Hortons demo site is to provide the systems: thermal panels combined to a reverse Heat Pump for DHW / central heating and cooling, that will be powered by the electricity produced on site by the PV field (installed on the roof of the house). 
As demo site coordinator, BDR Thermea is also leading a working group with CEA research institute, and companies in the controls field (Schneider Electric and Checkwatt).
BDR is taking part also in another SunHorizon demo sites, in which is providing Heat Pumps and working in collaboration with other companies, such as DualSun and Ratiotherm, for the solar production and thermal storage.

BDR Thermea is motivated to demonstrate the benefits of using different renewable energy systems and cover the energy demand with RES. 
We decided to take part in SunHorizon project to explore these opportunities with other companies located all around Europe, which makes this a unique opportunity on human and professional level.


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

BDR aims at demonstrating that a heat pump can cover the entire energy demand of a house: all along the year, by providing domestic hot water and heating or cooling.


Pictures from the demo site visit

SunHorizon @HPForum 2019, 15 May 2019 in Brussels

SunHorizon @HPForum 2019, 15 May 2019 in Brussels 800 400 SunHorizon Project

15 May 2019 – @Heat Pump Forum 2019 (The Egg, Brussels)

We are happy to inform you that SunHorizon project will be presented by Stefano Barberis at the the Heat Pump Forum 2019, in the afternoon of the 15th of May 2019, in Brussels.

Stefano will introduce what are the project’s aims, what we are developing and how SunHorizon technologies have to be considered as a serious solution in the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sectors.
This is a perfect opportunity to reach new heat pump stakeholders and disseminate SunHorizon technologies and innovations.

We look forward to seeing you at the knowledge café (@HPForum2019) on the 15th May at 3.10 pm


Find more info regarding the event:
The Heat Pump Forum 2019  is organised by the European Heat Pump Association, and aims at putting heat pump technology at the centre of the debate on the energy transition. 100% renewable heating is possible with today’s technology. At the Forum you will learn about heat pumps recognition in policy – both on the European and Member State level.
What you will get: 

  • Overview of Europe’s long-term strategy and market development
  • +10 thematic sessions: greening electrification, large heat pump deployment, zero-emission industry, decarbonisation of cities, digitalisation, smart energy systems, energy communities and the challenge of renovation
  • +40 expert speakers: policy makers, market leaders, researchers, key experts from the heat pump industry 
  • Meet 200+ business actors engaged in the energy transition, representatives from EU institutions, national and local governments, major players from the heating and cooling industry, energy companies and energy researchers

They are talking about SunHorizon…

They are talking about SunHorizon… 150 150 SunHorizon Project

In the March 2019 edition of the Magazine d’information de la ville de Verviers they are talking about one of SunHorizon demo site – the swimming pool in Verviers, and about our projects goals.

A special thank to the city of Verviers and to the Magazine.

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What happened at “TOWARDS LOW CARBON HEATING AND COOLING IN BUILDINGS” workshop

What happened at “TOWARDS LOW CARBON HEATING AND COOLING IN BUILDINGS” workshop 1024 768 SunHorizon Project

On the 12th March 2019 in the framework of ISH Messe Frankfurt, SunHorizon, Heat4Cool and  Thermoss projects presented their three different approaches on how to step towards the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sectors in buildings to more than 50 people.

The event was organised to promote the projects’ sustainable energy solutions and how they are aligned with the effort that the European Commission is putting in the innovation, researches and funding innovative H2020 projects (introduction on the new energy regulations and funds was made by Mrs. Eva Hoos from DG Energy).

As we know, buildings account for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe; to achieve full decarbonisation of the building sector, we must promote the installation of smart heating & cooling systems. 

The event aimed at stressing how these three H2020 projects are presenting available and fiable renewable energy solutions that will reduce energy consumption, CO2, increasing cost savings and thermal comfort for the users. Solutions are available, we only need to promote their replicability.


From SunHorizon side, the presentations were:

  • Project presentation by Mr Stefano Barberis (RINA- Project Coordinator)
  • Adsorption and friends: Development of flexible solutions for solar thermal cooling, Fahrenheit –  Mrs Ursula Wittstadt
  • Solar and Heat pumps: how to couple the most socially accepted low carbon H&C technologies (BOOSTHEAT Mr Norbert Dischinger, TVP Solar Mr Guglielmo Cioni, DualSun Mr Jean-Marie Drap)
  • How Monitored data can make H&C more sustainable: Schneider Electric monitoring and communication system –  Mr Francesco Martinelli

You can find more details regarding the three projects below:

Heat4Cool is promoting the application of six technologies for the refurbishment of buildings. 

The SunHorizon project aims at unlocking the potential for a cost-effective solution based on innovative heat pumps and solar technologies. 

Thermoss aims to contribute to wider deployment of advanced building heating and cooling technologies and facilitate their connection with district heating.


Some pictures of the event:

Event organised by:

Visit to our two demo sites in Gemany

Visit to our two demo sites in Gemany 1024 768 SunHorizon Project

On the 18th and 19th February 2019 some of the SunHorizon partners visited our two demo sites in Germany: Berlin and Nuremberg.

During the visits, our partners checked the spaces where the SunHorizon technologies will be installed in the following months.

Details of the two demo sites:

BERLIN:

  • House of 220m2 composed by 2 apartments.
  • Right now there are 2 gas boilers and 2 solar PV panels.
  • We will install: air- water heat pump ( BOOSTHEAT ), thermal solar panels (TVP Solar) and thermal storage tank (RATIOTHERM).


NUREMBERG:

  • Multifamily residential house (1897), 4 floors (320 m2).
  • Right now there are singular gas boilers.
  • We will install: air-water heat pump ( BOOSTHEAT ), solar thermal panels (DUAL SUN) and thermal storage tank (RATIOTHERM).


Video:

SunHorizon, Heat4Cool, Thermoss Workshop @ISH – 12.03.2019

SunHorizon, Heat4Cool, Thermoss Workshop @ISH – 12.03.2019 800 400 SunHorizon Project

“TOWARDS LOW CARBON HEATING AND COOLING IN BUILDINGS — three different perspectives”

12th March 2019 / 09:00 -15:30 


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We kindly invite you to our joint event “TOWARDS LOW CARBON HEATING AND COOLING IN BUILDINGS — three different perspectives”, organised by Heat4CoolSunHorizon and Thermoss projects. 

Buildings account for approximately 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe; to achieve full decarbonisation of the building sector, we must initiate the installation of smart heating & cooling systems. 

This event aims at discussion available and existing renewable energy solutions that will reduce buildings’ energy consumption and CO2 emissions while increasing cost savings. 

Heat4Cool is promoting the application of six technologies for the refurbishment of buildings. 

The Sunhorizon project aims at unlocking the potential for a cost-effective solution based on innovative heat pumps and solar technologies. 

Thermoss aims to contribute to wider deployment of advanced building heating and cooling technologies and facilitate their connection with district heating.

When: 12thMarch 2019 

Time: from 09:00 to 15:30 

Where: ISH fair – Room Transparenz 2 in Portalhaus, level 1 (download map here) – Frankfurt (Germany)

             


Please note that in order to attend the workshop you will need to obtain a ticket to ISH fair. 


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AGENDA (Downloadable version here)

09.00 Welcome Coffee & Registrations
09.30 Welcome, Thomas Nowak, EHPA
09.35 Keynote Speech on ongoing policies – Mrs. Eva Hoos (Policy Officer at the European Commission- DG Energy)

Projects presentation by project coordinators
Moderator

10.00 Heat4Cool – Smart retrofitting of heating and cooling systems in buildings, Marcello Aprile
10.10 Thermoss – Building and district thermal retrofit and management solutions, Federica Fuligni
10.20 SunHorizon – Sun coupled innovative heat pumps, Stefano Barberis

Session 1: Coupling renewable and heating & cooling solutions/ New technologies
Moderator

10.35 Adsorption and friends: Development of flexible solutions for solar thermal cooling, Fahrenheit – Heat4Cool, SunHorizon
10.50 Sewage heat recovery for district heating and cooling, Thermowatt – Heat4Cool
11.00 Solar and Heat pumps: how to couple the most socially accepted low carbon H&C technologies (BOOSTHEAT, TVP Solar, DualSun) – SunHorizon
11.30 PMC thermal storage: The new era of batteries, Sunamp – Heat4Cool
11.40 Bringing Natural Gas at the highest electrical efficiency: The case of SOLIDpower – Thermoss
11.50 Panel discussion

12.15 Lunch break

Session 2: HOW DIGITAL SOLUTION CAN SUPPORT THE DECARBONISATION OF HEATING AND COOLING?
Moderator Mr. Stefano Barberis

13.45 How Monitored data can make H&C more sustainable: Schneider Electric monitoring and communication system – SunHorizon and Thermoss
14:05 Data checking analysis and validation, STAM – Thermoss
14.15 Heat4Cool Smart Energy Management Tool: From monitoring to comfort profiling andcontrol automation, Hypertech – Heat4Cool
14.25 From data to value – Connectivity Solutions, Bosch Thermotechnik – Thermoss
14.35 Panel Discussion

15.30 End of the meeting

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Article published about SunHorizon: Innovative solar-assisted heat pumps

Article published about SunHorizon: Innovative solar-assisted heat pumps 1024 576 SunHorizon Project

Written by Riccardo Battisti and published on Solar Thermal World.

<< The principal objective of a recently launched, EU-funded project named SunHorizon is to optimise solar-assisted heat pump systems in residential and commercial buildings. The endeavour will demonstrate a wide variety of solutions for both technologies, such as thermal compression, adsorption and reversible operation regarding heat pumps and photovoltaic, thermal and PVT systems in the case of solar, at eight locations. It will also involve the creation of a cloud-based monitoring platform to develop enhanced, KPI-focused algorithms and tools to maximise solar yields and carry out predictive maintenance.

SunHorizon is an industry-driven consortium comprising 21 partners and includes technology suppliers such as German chiller manufacturer Fahrenheit, French PVT equipment manufacturer Dualsun, French-based BoostHeat, which produces gas-fired thermal compression heat pumps, TVP Solar, an evacuated flat plate collector manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland, heating solutions provider BDR Thermea from the Netherlands and Ratiotherm Heizung + Solartechnik headquartered in Germany. Launched last October in Milan, Italy, the project is being coordinated by Italian-based RINA Consulting. It will run for four years and end in September 2022.

“One focus of SunHorizon under the lead of Schneider Electric Italy has been to develop a platform providing cloud-based monitoring. The project partners are currently sifting through data on demonstration site buildings, as well as solar and heat pump systems, to evaluate the most proper modelling approach to analyse the data,” explained David Chèze, a researcher who works at the Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in France. He also participates in Task 60, titled Application of PVT Collectors, a research platform set up under the aegis of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme. The SunHorizon project will add four additional case studies to the Task 60 database on operational systems. The cooperation also enables partners in the project to use and improve upon approaches shared in Task 60, such as those for assessing systems and buildings, testing PVT installations and evaluating key performance indicators.>>

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The article was written by Riccardo Battisti, a solar thermal consultant and market researcher working at Ambiente Italia (Rome, Italy).  

Article published on Solar Thermal World.