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ReUseHeat: Recovering urban excess heat

There is enough waste energy produced in the EU to heat the EU’s entire building stock. However, despite of this huge potential, only a restricted number of small scale examples of urban waste heat recovery are present across the EU.

The objective of Reuseheat is to demonstrate advanced, modular and replicable systems enabling the recovery and reuse of waste heat available at the urban level, says Kristina Lygnerud, project manager at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

Four large scale demonstrators will be deployed, monitored and evaluated during the project, showing the technical feasibility and economic viability of waste heat recovery and reuse from data centres (Brunswick), sewage collectors (Nice), cooling system of a hospital (Madrid) and underground station (Bucharest).

The knowledge generated from the demonstrators and from other examples across the EU will be consolidated into a handbook which will provide future investors with new insight in terms of urban waste heat recovery potential across the EU.

– We have a strong focus on business models, mapping the risks involved and how to make sure there is an economic balance to it. Without a solid business model no one will invest in these types of solutions, says Kristina Lygnerud.

Facts about project

  • ReUseHeat
  • Budget: 4,49 MSEK
  • Financed by: EU Horizon 2020, grant agreement number: 767 429
  • Partners: Euroheat and Power, London School of Economics and Political, Science, Fundacion CARTIF, Tractebel Engineering SA, Högskolan i Halmstad, Aalborg universitet, RINA Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment, Electricite de France, Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur, Metroul SA, Veolia Energie, Deutschland Gmbh, Braunschweiger Versorgungs, Gas Natural SDG och Dansk Fjernvarme Forening
  • Period: 2017 - 2021
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