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Thermal collectors




List of projects where this technology is being implemented.

SMARTER TOGETHER

The European lighthouse cities Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France), the follower cities Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Venice (Italy), the observer cities Kiev (Ukraine) and Yokohama (Japan) come together to improve citizens’ quality of life. SMARTER TOGETHER... Continue reading
Funding programme: H2020, SCC 1 - 2015: Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Smart Cities and Communities, Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

Triangulum

The three point project Triangulum is one of the European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects, set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cites. The flagship cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) serve as a... Continue reading
Funding programme: H2020, SCC 1 - 2014 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Smart Cities and Communities, Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

REMOURBAN

REMOURBAN is a lighthouse project whose ultimate goal is to design and validate a urban regeneration model in the cities of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebasi/Eskisehir (Turkey), while maximizing its replication potential in two follower cities, Seraing (Belgium) and... Continue reading
Funding programme: H2020, SCC 1 - 2014 Smart Cities and Communities solutions integrating energy, transport, ICT sectors through lighthouse (large scale demonstration - first of the kind) projects
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Smart Cities and Communities, Integration of energy systems, ICT and transport in cities

DIRECTION

DIRECTION aimed at demonstrating how the use of very innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency technologies can lead to the achievement of very low energy new buildings. This aim along with the effective adoption of low energy buildings was achieved by switching to a model whereby energy... Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, Topic EeB.ENERGY.2011.8.1-1: Demonstration of very low energy new buildings
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, New Buildings

CITyFiED

The CITyFiED project aims to develop a replicable, systemic and integrated strategy to adapt European cities and urban ecosystems into the smart city of the future, focusing on reducing the energy demand and GHG emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy sources by developing and... Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, 4- Demonstration of optimised energy systems for high performance-energy districts.
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Sustainable energy solutions on district level, Optimisation of energy systems for high-efficiency districts

CELSIUS

To increase energy efficiency in EU, CELSIUS helps cities across Europe to develop secure, affordable and low carbon district heating and cooling solutions that form part of the city's wider energy system. The focus is on maximising the use of waste heat or secondary heat within a city by capturing... Continue reading
Funding programme: FP7, 2- Large scale systems for urban area heating and/or cooling supply
SCIS Clusters: Demonstration projects, Energy System Integration, Large Scale Energy Systems – Heating & Cooling

A solar thermal collector collects heat by absorbing sunlight. There are various types of solar thermal collectors, ranging from low-temperature unglazed collectors, which are typically used to heat swimming pools, to evacuated tube collectors, which consist of an array of single or twin-wall glass tubes, with a vacuum providing insulation against heat loss.

The most widely used thermal collectors are flat plate collectors, which are used for domestic hot water applications. Concentrating collectors use reflective surfaces to concentrate sunlight onto a small area, where it is absorbed and converted to heat. Concentrators can increase the power flux of sunlight hundreds of times.

The principal types of concentrating collectors include: compound parabolic, parabolic trough, fixed reflector moving receiver, fixed receiver moving reflector, Fresnel lens, and central receiver. Concentrating solar collectors in concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities concentrate sunlight onto a receiver where it heats a heat transfer fluid that subsequently transfers its absorbed heat to water to produce steam, which in turn powers a steam turbine-generator (STG) to produce electricity.

Thermal collectors are combined with storage systems to provide water for hot water (DHW) and heating purposes. They can also serve as the energy supply unit for heat pumps and sorption cooling technologies. Similar to photovoltaic module, solar thermal collectors can be installed during refurbishing activities in very different kinds of layouts and scales.

Smarter Together Site Vienna

The SMARTER TOGETHER project demonstration area in Vienna is located in the central part of the south-eastern district of Simmering. In total, 21 000 inhabitants will benefit from smart project solutions within the fields of refurbishment, energy, mobility, and information and communication technologies. An emphasis is made on dialogue, in line with the Vienna Smart City Framework Strategy, where the human dimension of the smart city is the focus of attention. Dialogue includes all generations and backgrounds aiming at contributing to an integrated societal dynamic.

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CELSIUS Site Gothenburg

Gothenburg took part in the CELSIUS project with several fields of action focusing on the construction of 900 new apartments, which are to be connected to the district heating system and used as small short-term thermal storage, for connecting ships to the district heating system when docked in the harbour, and for feeding cold water from the river into the district cooling network.

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CITyFiED Site Soma

Soma (Turkey) has a population of about 90,000 people and can be found in the Manisa province, Western Turkey. The town has grown around the lignite mining industry and the lignite-fired thermal power plant in the city. The Soma demo site district comprises 7,037 m2 of conditioned area. Buildings were mainly heated by coal-based heating systems, where old-fashioned stoves heat the dwellings. The buildings were built in 1982 and the retrofitting took place between 2014 and 2018

Two different retrofitting strategies were implemented:

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TRIANGULUM Site Stavanger

The Stavanger region is regarded as one of the most innovative regions in Norway. For 10 consecutive years it has been appointed The Best Business Region in Norway (NHO) and is renowned for its close triple helix cooperation among businesses, academia and the public sector. The region aims at becoming one of Europe’s foremost sustainable cities by integrating ICT, energy and mobility.In the Stavanger area, one district in particular – Paradis/Hillevåg – will be transformed into a living lab as part of the TRIANGULUM project.

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REMOURBAN Site Tepebaşı

Tepebaşı is a municipality located in Eskişehir in the mid-western side of Anatolia with a population of 320 000. Yaşamköyü is a district of approximately 30 000 m2 with a built area of just under 10 000 m2. The area was built on 2007 by TOKI, the governmental organisation responsible for mass housing in Turkey. Although relatively newly built, similar to most buildings built before the Energy Efficiency Law that came into force recently, the district building stock consists of inefficiently constructed buildings in energy consumption terms.

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DIRECTION Site Valladolid

The city of Valladolid, located in central Spain with a Mediterranean continental climate, participated in the DIRECTION project that aimed at demonstrating how the use of very innovative and cost-effective energy-efficient technologies can lead to the achievement of very-low-energy new buildings. This objective, along with the effective adoption of low-energy buildings, was achieved by switching to a model whereby energy efficiency provided value to the market and represented an attractive asset across the whole of the value chain.

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SMARTER TOGETHER

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The European lighthouse cities Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany) and Lyon (France), the follower cities Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Venice (Italy), the observer cities Kiev (Ukraine) and Yokohama (Japan) come together to improve citizens’ quality of life. SMARTER TOGETHER will prepare the ground for large-scale replication and ensure an in-depth knowledge transfer about setting up of smart city business models and user-centric innovation in order to contribute to positive societal dynamics.

Triangulum

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The three point project Triangulum is one of the European Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse Projects, set to demonstrate, disseminate and replicate solutions and frameworks for Europe’s future smart cites. The flagship cities Manchester (UK), Eindhoven (NL) and Stavanger (NO) serve as a testbed for innovative projects focusing on sustainable mobility, energy, ICT and business opportunities.

REMOURBAN

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REMOURBAN is a lighthouse project whose ultimate goal is to design and validate a urban regeneration model in the cities of Nottingham (United Kingdom), Valladolid (Spain) and Tepebasi/Eskisehir (Turkey), while maximizing its replication potential in two follower cities, Seraing (Belgium) and Miskolc (Hungary). The model leverages the convergence between energy, mobility and ICT to improve quality of life, ensure social acceptance and empower citizens.

DIRECTION

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DIRECTION aimed at demonstrating how the use of very innovative and cost-effective energy efficiency technologies can lead to the achievement of very low energy new buildings. This aim along with the effective adoption of low energy buildings was achieved by switching to a model whereby energy efficiency provides value to the market and represents an attractive asset across the whole of the value chain. Two new buildings were used as pilots in DIRECTION - NuOffice in Munich (Germany)  and CARTIF III building in Valladolid (Spain).