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The project REnewable Smart Cooling for Urban Europe (RESCUE) aims to address the key challenges for the further development and implementation of district cooling using low and zero carbon emitting sources, thereby enabling local communities to reap the environmental and economic benefits of this energy efficiency technology.

Related IEE projects

The "STRATEGO" project aims at supporting national authorities to draft their National Heating and Cooling Plans (NHCP). For that, the consortium will use the results of the studies Heat Roadmap Europe (www.euroheat.org) under which an assessment of the European potential for efficiency in heating and cooling has been carried out together with the mapping of thermal resources and demands.

SmartReFlex Project
The "SmartReFlex" project aims at increasing the diffusion of smart and flexible district heating and cooling (DHC) systems, basing on high shares of renewable energy sources (RES), in European cities.

EcoheatCool Project
The overall purpose of the "EcoheatCool" project is to communicate that district heating and cooling, can expand further in an extended EU and offer higher energy efficiency and higher security of supply with the benefit of lower carbon dioxide emissions. The project covers 32 European countries: EU 25, the applicant countries Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Turkey and 3 EFTA countries: Iceland Norway and Switzerland

Ecoheat4EU Project
The "Ecoheat4EU" project was devised with the aim of supporting the creation of well-balanced and effective legislative mechanisms to foster the development of modern district heating and cooling throughout Europe, and more specifically, in the fourteen countries targeted by the project.

Ecoheat4Cities Project
The "Ecoheat4Cities" project supported and continues to support the recognition, development and application of sustainable District Heating and Cooling (DHC) systems. Through the establishment and implementation of the voluntary green energy label that measures energy efficiency, use of renewable's and CO2 emission savings of DHC systems, companies, cities and interested investors can now join forces to make pro active sustainable energy based choices.

Summerheat Project
The key objective of the "Summerheat" project is to increase the usage of heat produced by cogeneration during summer. The low demand for this so-called summerheat significantly influences the overall economic structure of a power park based on cogeneration.

An EU project in the large scale deployment of smart energy cities, "CELSIUS" demonstrates and promote​s integration of smart district heating and smart district cooling. CELSIUS supports committed European cities to maximize the utilization of its primary and secondary energy resources in an integrated way that minimizes its operational costs and carbon emissions while maximizing its energy efficiency. The CELSIUS project will support EU's aspiring 20-20-20 goals.

UP-RES Project
The "UP-RES project" focused on creating favorable conditions for energy-wise urban and regional planning through the creation and delivery of continuing education programs for practicing professionals,the modification of some existing energy planning tools and the finding of best practices in renewable energy systems with particular focus on urban and regional planning.

In the framework of the FP7 European Project "SUNSTORE4", the district heating grid in Marstal (Denmark) is demonstrating the integration of a 100% renewable energy plant, based on solar energy and biomass energy (willow wood chips from energy crops), including a compressor heat pump using CO2 as refrigerant and electricity production from biomass through an ORC unit. Based on this experience, the SUNSTORE4 project aims to assess the feasibility of such a plant in other EU countries.

Article on District Cooling by Strom Magazin

German "Strom Magazin" put an article online on District Cooling. You can find it here (Google translation from German).