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Fifth generation, Low temperature, high EXergY district heating and cooling NETworkS

Objective

District Heating and Cooling networks distribute energy from a centralized generation plant to a number of remote customers. As such, actual DHC systems suffer from
• significant heat losses
• highly unexplored integration potential of different available energy sources (e.g. renewables and waste heat) into the network
• high installation costs.
FLEXYNETS will develop, demonstrate and deploy a new generation of intelligent district heating and cooling networks that reduce energy transportation losses by working at “neutral” temperature levels. Reversible heat pumps and chillers will be used to exchange heat with the DHC network on the demand side. In this way, the same network can provide contemporary heating and cooling.
FLEXYNETS solutions will integrate effectively multiple generation sources (including high- and low-temperature solar thermal, biomass, PV, cogeneration and waste heat) where they are available along the DHC network, by managing energy at different temperature levels and assuring optimized exergy exploitation.
Together with storages, control strategies that optimize the harvest of renewable energy sources are key from the technical and economic points of view. On the one hand, strategies will be assessed that assure a thermal balance among diffused heat generation, storage and utilization. On the other, policies will be elaborated to decide when energy is to be gathered locally or exchanged (both purchased and sold) with the electricity and gas networks.
The optimal management of such new generation networks will lead to a synergic effect on primary energy savings (hence on the reduction of the CO2 emissions), assuring at the same time investment and operation profitability. As such, FLEXYNETS will contribute to a higher penetration of smart DHC networks on the heating and cooling market, and will contribute to the European recovery plan.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electrical engineering/power engineering/electric power generation/combined heat and power

Call for proposal

H2020-EE-2014-2-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 503 500

Participants (6)

PLANENERGI FOND
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 375 250
Address
Jyllandsgade 1
9520 Skorping
Activity type
Other
SOLTIGUA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 317 000
Address
Via Roma 54
47035 Gambettola
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 241 687,50
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HOCHSCHULE FUR TECHNIK STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 293 625
Address
Schellingstrasse 24
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SOLID AUTOMATION GMBH

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 30 502,50
Address
Keltenstr. 25
72766 Reutlingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ENISYST GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 237 798,75
Address
Robert Bosch Strasse 8/1
72124 Pliezhausen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)