Project Demosites

In order to demonstrate the potential for scalability and replicability, THERMOSS will be validated in seven test sites covering three climates. THERMOSS will be, first, validated using the district heating / cooling experimental network provided by CEA-INES. This will demonstrate THERMOSS potential at laboratory setting.

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HALE COURT
Portsmouth, UK

 

The Project

Hale Court in Portsmouth is a care home that houses elderly residents located in a mild oceanic climate. It is a sheltered housing development run by Portsmouth City Council built in 1984. It consists of 80 flats as a mix of studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom properties. The heat network will be retrofitted at both the generation & end-use control level to incorporate Thermoss smart heating technologies.

The Challenge

The main challenge is to (1) increase the efficiency of the heat supply system assuring a steady heat supply throughout the year (2) maintaining an indoor temperature levels & assure residents can control their heating to meet individual thermal comfort needs.

INTERNATIONAL WAY
Southampton, UK

 

The Project

International Way in Southampton is a residential social housing complex located in the oceanic climate zone. It consists of a group of five tower blocks (100 flats each) of identical construction and layout recently retrofitted to BREEAM Excellent standards. Heat for space heating and hot water is delivered through a high-temperature wet network from gas boilers to substations in each flat.

The Challenge

The heat network in one of the towers will be retrofitted at the substation level. To increase the efficiency of the heat supply system and minimize heat losses from the distribution network whilst assuring a steady heat supply and maintaining the resident’s comfort needs.

BI BUILDING
EPFL Campus, Laussane, CH

Climate: Continental

BI building was built in 2012 and has a Minergie label.

In the frame of THERMOSS project installation of additional meters and sensors on EPFL’s test site is planned.

URBEROA
San Sebastian, Spain

Climate: Oceanic

The Project

Built in 1985, the residential Urberoa district heating network connects 65 buildings (570 apartments). The high-temperature (70 – 90 °C) main ring comprises seven substations, two of which (Substation 1 and Substation 4) will be retrofitted with renewable technologies.

The Challenge

To reduce CO2 and fossil fuel energy consumption through (1) an efficient match between supply and demand of energy and (2) on-site renewable energy generation (solar thermal and heat pumps), (3) minimising project costs and payback time.

CEA-INES
Le Bourget du Lac, France

The Project

CEA INES demo site is an experimental demo site located in the south-east of France (Le Bourget du Lac). It is an experimental platform at CEA-INES facilities. THERMOSS project test works involved the Semi-Virtual Dynamic Test Bench for Thermal Systems and the micro District Heating Network.

It has been used for the testing of a Solar Heat Pump hybrid system (SHP) and a Heat Interface Unit (HIU) developed by Bosch Thermotechnik. By the end of 2019, it will also host a solar two-way substation (2-way SST) newly developed by CEA for integration into the real INES micro DH network.

The Challenge

In THERMOSS perspective, the objective of CEA INES tests is to get experimental, reproducible evaluation of the overall energy savings performance in realistic operating conditions, including real control, of the three innovative heating solutions SHP, HIU and 2-way SST.

IMANTA NEIGHBOURHOOD
Riga, Latvia

The Project

The four two-storey dwellings have been built at different times, with average heated space 200 m2. While the houses are not connected to the district heating network, they have a gas connection and therefore employ individual gas-based heating. The heating season in Latvia lasts for seven months, leading to high overall consumption of thermal energy.

The Challenge

The main challenge is to retrofit the 4 houses with innovative, more efficient heating technologies and applying an optimised control strategy for the new equipment to reduce the overall energy consumption and the carbon footprint.