Each year, nearly 50% of the total energy consumed in Europe is used for heating, for either domestic or industrial purposes.
Currently most of this energy is still produced using fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal, which all have a huge impact on the environment and contribute heavily to Global Warming and Climate Change. However over the last few years numerous bodies across the world have highlighted the urgency of moving towards new and more sustainable energy sources.
The European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan – proposed by the European Commission in order to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon energy technologies has recognised the essential role of renewable energy sources for heating and cooling as a part of the EU’s strategy to improve the security of the energy supplies and to foster a competitive edge in the related highly innovative industries.
The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating & Cooling (RHC-Platform) brings together stakeholders from the geothermal, biomass and solar thermal sector - including the related industries - to define a common strategy for increasing the use of renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling.
The main objectives of the RHC-Platform are:
Here they have put together some brilliant publications on a range of topics. Just Click on the Titles to download.
The Roadmap describes the top priority research themes and value chains with the highest impact on the societal challenges in Europe until 2020.
This Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRA) is the first of its kind for the Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC) sector. It provides stakeholders with a structured and com- prehensive view of the strategic research priorities to enable an increasing share of heating and cooling to be supplied by Renewable Energy Sources (RES).
The European Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan – intended by the European Commission to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon energy technologies – recognises the essential role of renewable energy sources (RES) for heating and cooling as part of the EU’s strategy to improve the security of energy supply and to create markets for highly innovative technologies that are useful to society and where European industry can lead.
Geothermal will be a key energy source both in smart cities and in smart rural communities, being able to supply both Heating and Cooling (H&C) and electricity as well as solutions for smart thermal and electricity grids via underground thermal storage.
Over the last 10 years geothermal heat pump systems have experienced a rapid acceptance by the European market. The autonomous growth, without a substantial subsidy base, is mainly based on the energy saving capabilities of the systems, acceptable payback and their wide acceptance and reputation as "green technology".
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