Renewable Energy based Storage Technology for district heating and cooling networks

In the context of the project RESTORE, a radically innovative solution for District Heating & Cooling (DHC) will be tested that enables the competitive seasonal storage of a variety of renewable energy sources as well as waste heat, and their integration into district heating and cooling networks.

This will be achieved through the experimental validation and implementation of the concept in six use-cases, the quantification of the potential benefits and the replicability of the concept at different European locations. The aim of the project is to harness enormous amounts of energy that are normally wasted due to the seasonal mismatch between energy demand and energy production. Through sector coupling and the inclusion of various renewable energy sources as well as waste heat in district heating and cooling networks, the decarbonisation of the heating sector at the infrastructural level is being driven forward quickly and cost-effectively.   

Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is responsible for exploitation of the project results, Market evaluation and measures to stimulate imitation, support in the management of intellectual property as well as training on IPR, exploitation, development of business models.

Additional information:

  • Project name: Renewable Energy based seasonal Storage Technology in Order to Raise Economic and environmental sustainability of DHC (RESTORE)
  • Total funding: 5,7 Mio. EUR, European Commission, Horizon 2020
  • Participating countries : Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Romania, Spain
  • Project duration : 10/2021 – 09/2025

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Keywords: Renewable energy, district heating and cooling, thermo-chemical storage, heat storage, electricity storage, seasonal storage, renewable DHC, RES dispatchability, virtual pilots, RES intergation, Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), waste heat

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