IEA SHC Task 68: Efficient Solar District Heating Systems

The TCP SHC has set itself the goal that solar energy technologies will cover more than 50 % of the heating and cooling demand for buildings in 2050 and thus contribute significantly to reduce CO2 emissions worldwide.

In this context, the SHC Task...

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ÖKO-OPT-AKTIV - Optimised control and operating behaviour of thermally activated buildings in future urban districts

Starting point / motivation

In the efforts to make urban energy systems more environmentally friendly and at the same time more cost-efficient, a large savings potential has been demonstrated in recent decades through improved building envelopes and...

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ÖKO-OPT-QUART Economically optimized control and operating behavior of complex energy networks of future city districts

Starting point/motivation

In future city districts, the focus on a reasonable combination of different, where possible renewable energy sources is increasing. However, the resulting energy networks are getting more and more complex. This increase of...

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BioControl4Power: Optimal operation of biogas plants and biomass CHP at the intersection of electricity markets and heat consumers

The Austrian Renewable Energy Expansion Act (Erneuerbaren-Ausbau-Gesetz) envisages a significant increase in the share of renewable energy fed into the power grid by 2030. Much of the energy required for this will be provided by volatile sources. To...

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Establishing a sustainable energy and economic system and dealing with the opportunities and risks of digitalization are among the greatest challenges currently facing our society. New digital technologies and methods from the fields of big data,...

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DekarbWP: Decarbonization of heating and cooling supply by means of absorption heat pump systems

In order to provide heating and cooling in the most sustainable and CO2-neutral way possible, the trend is emerging to combine different technologies such as renewable heat generators, absorption heat pumping plants (comprising heat pumps and chillers)...

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Due to increased efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, the utilization of biomass for energy purposes has gained in importance in the last two decades. In research and development, there has been a strong focus on the gasification of biomass. In this...

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FlowBattMonitor: Model-based monitoring of renewable flow batteries

Batteries are a key technology to enable the extensive utilization of renewable energies in the future. Due to their high capacity, redox flow batteries in particular possess a high potential as stationary energy storages to compensate fluctuations...

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HPC - Model-based control of absorption heat pumping systems

Absorption heat pumping systems (AHPS, comprising heat pumps and chillers) use thermal instead of mechanical energy as driving power and are therefore considered a promising way to increase the share of renewable energies in the heating and cooling...

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MBC-FluBBStGas - Model Based Control of Fluidized Bed Biomass Steam Gasification

Plants based on dual fluidized bed (DFB) gasification are a season- and weather-independent, sustainable and decentralized option to provide electricity, heat and gas. These DFB plants are on the verge of profitability due to high prices for raw...

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MoREIntegrALBiomass - Model-based control and electrostatic precipitator integration for low-emission combustion of alternative biomass fuels

In today's biomass furnaces, problematic biomass fuels such as agricultural fuels (e.g. straw), waste wood, energy grasses as well as residues from the agricultural industry (cores, shells etc.) remain unused in many cases or can only be used in...

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NextGenGridOpt: Optimizing grid-based energy systems with next-generation methods

Next-generation district heating systems with a high share of renewable and volatile energy sources are highly complex systems whose optimization is challenging.

In the NextGenGridOpt project, a methodological framework for planning, analysing and...

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Ship2Fair: Solar Heat for Industrial Process towards Food and Agro Industries commitment in Renewables

SHIP2FAIR (Solar Heat for Industrial Process towards Food and Agro Industries commitment in Renewables) aims to foster the integration of solar heat in industrial processes of the agro–food industry. With this purpose, SHIP2FAIR will develop and...

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ThermaFLEX - Thermal demand and supply as flexible elements of future sustainable energy systems

More flexibility for more renewables in district heating networks - the lead project "ThermaFLEX".

Starting point

In current discussions about the decarbonization of energy supply, many people are not aware that the demand for indoor climate and...

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User-Centered Smart Control and Planning of Sustainable Microgrids

Climate protection requires a massive reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from existing buildings. Modern digital systems promise more targeted operation and planning of energy systems with strongly fluctuating use and large shares of volatile energy...

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