Two representatives of our project, Nicolas Lamaison from CEA and Gozde Unkaya from EXERGY, had an opportunity to present the THERMOSS project results, namely bidirectional substation and WARMe, during the Sustainable Places Conference 2018.

The 2018 edition of the Sustainable Places Conference was organised by THERMOSS project partner CEA, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, in cooperation with INES, the leading solar-energy research institute. The conference took place in Aix-les Bains, France, from 27th to 29th June. During these days, eight presentation sessions, 8 keynote speeches and 13 clustering workshops were held. The main goal of the conference was to foster innovative market solutions as well as to boost coaction between Energy-efficient Buildings and the interdependent smart grids, policies, construction actors, and forward-thinking communities.

The first workshop during which the THERMOSS project was presented was called “Solar Integration in the built Environment: Ongoing experiences and needed tools to foster nZEBs implementation” and focused on the market integration of building-integrated photovoltaics, solar thermal, and advanced façades that contribute towards nZEBs. Nicolas Lamaison from CEA focused on the bi-directional solar thermal substation in his presentation. This substation allows for storing, distribution and re-distribution of heat generated at the building location. The greatest benefit of this workshop was the opportunity to meet people involved in other H2020 projects on similar topics. Mostly people working with BIPV (Building-integrated photovoltaics) were very interested in knowing more about solar thermal substation, as Nicolas Lamaison claimed.

Gozde Unkaya from EXERGY gave a presentation during the workshop called “District Energy Systems: a collaborative exchange of results on planning, operation, and modeling for energy efficiency”. She introduced the THERMOSS project and discussed the progress achieved in demonstration sites. She also presented the outline of the new sizing toolbox for heating and cooling solutions – a web application called WARMe. The workshop was organized by the INDIGO project and the main goal was to increase penetration and cost-effectiveness of district energy system technologies. E2District, Flexynets, PENTAGON, OPTi, CoolHeating, SDHp2m, PlanHeat, InDeal, and H-Disnet projects were presented in addition to the THERMOSS and Indigo. Majority of the attendees were researchers, scientists and representatives of other H2020 projects. Gozde Unkaya appreciated the fact that the attendees were knowledgeable about the district heating and cooling technologies, thus they could easily exchange valuable experience and knowledge.

We hope to participate and to share the progress of our project also next year.


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