|HEAT4U ITALIAN CONFERENCE - October 11-12, 2012|
Robur, coordinator of the HEAT4U Project, hosted institutional representatives, managers from top firms and HVAC professionals in a Conference entitled “HEAT4U. 1st year, first results”, held on 11th and 12th October 2012 at Fortezza Viscontea in Cassano d’Adda, near Milan.
The conference has hosted an important panel of speakers, from public administrations, research sector and HEAT4U Project Consortium Partners.
Aim of the conference was to highlight the latest regulatory scenarios and incentive measures in the field of energy efficiency and thermal renewable energy and and to focus on latest results of Heat4U Project.
Mr. Luigi Tischer, Project Coordinator, pointed out that a first important result is the analysis on market opportunities and value chain of Gas Absorption Heat Pumps for existing residential buildings and the development of the technology, in particular the optimization of the capacity modulation, reducing power consumption and sound pressure.
Here find comprehensive slideshow.
GAS ABSORPTION HEAT PUMP SOLUTION FOR EXISTING RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under Grant Agreement n. 285158
Residential buildings represent 60% of the building stock and the area where most of the potential to drastically reduce energy use and CO2 emissions lies. New directives push for deep retrofitting efforts, in order to achieve energy efficiency and RES adoption targets for 2020 and beyond. These require acting both on envelope and on energy use systems, mainly heating and DHW equipment that representing 51% of energy use in this sector. Frequently the upgrade of the envelope insulation is subject to constraints (i.e. historical centres, availability of space, need to relocate the tenants, costs and time issues) and acting on the heating plant is the only viable option. Currently solutions are not always suitable or cost effective in existing buildings (radiators, DHW, solar radiation in winter). Therefore to accelerate the improvement in energy efficiency and in the use of renewable energy in the residential building, a specifically designed solution needs to be made available.
One of the most important international research projects in the area of climate change and energy efficiency applied to the built environment, which also falls under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) promoted by the European Community.
The challenge for this project is to implement the gas absorption heat pump technology in the area of single-family detached residential homes. What is even more important is the goal of designing heat pumps that can be installed in the existing buildings stock to improve the heating efficiency (49% of the overall energy consumption in terms of primary energy, and 36% of greenhouse-gas emissions).
14 among the most important European organizations in the energy, industrial, and research fields are involved in the project.