Useful links

Energy Hub related projects and research links on district heating

European Commission

  • FP7 program – European Commission Seventh Framework Programme – FP7
  • E2B program
  • E2BA Project Review Gaetan Desruelles introduces the second edition of the Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) Public Private Partnership (PPP) Project Review. This summarises the progress of the projects funded under EU's FP7, including those linked below.

Related FP7 projects

  • The aim of the AMBASSADOR is to develop Building Energy Management systems taking into account real time adaptive and predictive behavioural models of buildings and districts, exposed to weather conditions, human presence, energy-efficient materials and technologies.
  • The RESILIENT project aims to design, develop, install and assess the energy and environmental benefits of a new integrated concept of interconnectivity between buildings, DER, grids and other networks at a district level.
  • The MERITS project aims to build a prototype of a compact rechargeable heat battery for domestic use that would fit in a cellar.
  • Technologies for energy efficient districts are also being developed in the FC-DISTRICT project which focuses on distributed cogeneration using solid oxide fuel cells.
  • Several types of energy storage are being investigated in the MESSIB project – Multi-source Energy Storage System Integrated in Buildings.
  • Advanced types of large scale thermal energy storage systems will be demonstrated in the EINSTEIN project – Effective Integration of Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage Systems in Existing Buildings.
  • IREEN – ICT Roadmap for Energy Efficient Neighbourhoods is a project which examines ways that ICT can be extended beyond individual homes and buildings to the wider context of neighbourhoods and communities to improve energy efficiency.
  • IDEAS – Intelligent Neighbourhood Energy Allocation & Supervision is an R&D project focused on the development and operation of energy positive neighbourhoods.
  • The SEMANCO project aims to provide semantic tools to different stakeholders involved in urban planning (architects, engineers, building managers, local administrators, citizens and policy makers) to help make informed decisions about how to reduce CO2 emissions in cities.

Other research links

  • The Solar District Heating project contributes to the achievement of the European mid and long term objectives for solar district heating (9 GWth by 2020, 47 GWth long term) through measures for improving the market boundary conditions and broad dissemination activities.
  • International Energy Agency
  • Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Links to other research on district heating by E-hub partners

  • Heat Sharing Networks combining heating and cooling via low temperature circuit linking heat pumps in each building to borehole thermal energy storage.
  • CHOICES Project on small scale heat and power networks with electric load shifting.