LIFE22-CET-Low2HighDH is a 3-year project supporting 30 high temperature district heating sites (HT DHC) in Lithuania, Poland, and Slovakia in the implementation process of low-grade or waste heat technologies, by promoting the advantages of these energy sources and providing them with an investment plan to fulfil the proposed criteria for ‘efficient district heating and cooling’ from the Energy Efficiency Directive within a 10-year timeframe. The support to the HT DHC owners/managers includes launching and managing at least 2 requests for proposals (RFQs) to select the key suppliers for the implementation. Low-grade RES technologies to be explored will include at least solar thermal, low-temperature geothermal and heat pumps. The latter will be taken as “the enabling technology” to harness low-grade heat sources as well as to use waste heat. Being electrically driven, heat pumps can use renewable electricity for instance from wind and photovoltaics. The project will generate and disseminate capacity building materials to be used by other HT DHC sites or stakeholders, including a portfolio of technical and financial solutions that fit with the most abundant situations. An active engagement, dissemination and replication phase will be enabled by the creation of a wide network of stakeholders across the 3 case study countries and beyond – 3 national stakeholder communities, 30 local liaison groups as well as a project-wide Ambassador community. The project is expected to trigger EUR 454 Million in investments in sustainable energy (thermal RES technologies + waste heat), to replace 1 TWh/year of fossil fuels with and abate 291 thousand Tons of CO2 emissions.
Keywords: high temperature district heating, low-grade renewable energy, waste heat technologies, investment plans, energy transition, Poland, Slovakia, Lithuania, solar thermal, wind, shallow geothermal, PV
Project ID: 101120865
Project budget (LEI’s share): 217 584.50 EUR.
EC Financed: 206 705.28 EUR
Coordinator: Creara Consultores SL (CREARA), Spain.
- EUROPROJECT OOD – EUROPROJECT EP, Bulgaria.
- KRAJOWA AGENCJA POSZANOWANIA ENERGII SPOLKA AKCYJNA – KAPE, Poland.
- AQUILA CAPITAL GROWTH INVESTMENTVERWALTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH, Germany.
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA – UNIGE, Italy.
- LIETUVOS ENERGETIKOS INSTITUTAS – LEI, Lithuania.
- SLOVENSKA TECHNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE – STUBA, Slovenia.
- UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI PARTHENOPE – UNIPARTH, Italy.
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