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CELSIUS Newsletter
October 2014

Smart district heating and cooling in EU


Supporting the achievement of EU's 20-20-20 goals, CELSIUS is a district heating and cooling demonstration and knowledge transfer project coordinated by the City of Gothenburg. Including partners from the triple helix of cities, energy/ utility companies and academia, the consortium is made up of 20 organisations from 5 cities: City of Gothenburg, City of Rotterdam, City of London, City of Cologne and City of Genua.
The CELSIUS project aims to increase the deployment and operation of intelligent district heating and cooling systems across Europe and support cities to develop secure, affordable and low carbon heat supplies for its citizens and businesses. As part of this the CELSIUS project wants to maximise the use of waste or secondary heat that is produced within a city by capturing and then using it in its district heating systems.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 314441.

Upcoming Conference on the Security of Energy Supply and District Heating

There is enough waste heat produced in the EU to heat EU's entire building stock; there is just not the heating distribution network available to transport it to where it is needed and can be used. The Smart Cities project CELSIUS will enable the capture and utilization of the secondary energy that is generated within cities every day and that is otherwise lost to the atmosphere. The project demonstrates and promotes integration of smart district heating and cooling and supports committed Eurpean cities to maximize the utilzation of its primary and secondary energy sources. 

On the 16th of October between 12.00 and 15.00, the project's lead partner, City of Gotheburg, will together with the other partner cities – London, Cologne, Rotterdam and Genoa – host an event in the European parliament to engage participants in the discussion on security of energy supply, smart use of resources and district heating.

For New Celsius Cities

The support that the CELSIUS project can provide New CELSIUS Cities will fall into four basic offerings and each of these will be designed in a way that reflects the needs of the cities and then provides, within the resource constraints of the project, them with the most relevant support, advice and guidance to help them establish, develop and grow district heating and cooling systems in their city.

This support for CELSIUS cities will be broadly based around the following four offerings: CELSIUS Toolbox, Specialist Workshops, Expert Group, and Site Visits; and these together will hopefully help to establish and develop district heating and cooling systems in cities across the EU.
Summaries of the four offerings that will be available to CELSIUS cities are below:
  1. Demonstrators – Site visits will be organised for CELSIUS cities so that they can visit any of the new or existing demonstration projects that are of relevance to them and their stage of development to help them understand in detail how they work, the benefits they deliver and how they could deliver similar projects in their own cities.
  2. CELSIUS Toolbox - this offering will be developed from the outputs of the CELSIUS project’s work packages and will provide an extensive range of information and guidance on establishing, developing and expanding district heating and cooling systems in cites.  It will be divided up in to three sections:
    • Roadmap element that maps out the development and evolution of district heating and cooling systems in cities and identifies the challenges that they face.
    • Social element that addresses gaining stakeholder acceptance and support.
    • Technical element that addresses the design, specification, construction and maintenance of system. 
  3. Specialist Workshops – This offering will be themed around specific areas of activity which have been identified in conjunction with CELSIUS cities as being the priority areas that they need support with.  These workshops will bring small numbers of like-minded cities together to address shared challenges to the development and delivery of intelligent district heating and cooling systems.
  4. Expert Group – This offering will pool all the knowledge, experience and expertise of the CELSIUS Consortium partners and it will be used to address specific challenges and questions posed either by CELSIUS cities or identified in our discussions with CELSIUS cities.  It will cover all areas encountered in developing and delivering district heating and cooling systems in cities.
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."
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