The preliminary programmes of the 4th European Conference on Renewable Heating and Cooling, which will take place from 22 to 23 April in Dublin, Ireland, and for the SDH conference from 9 to 10 April in Malmö, Sweden, are now available for download at their event websites. The photo shows the solar thermal panel at last year’s RHC conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In the spotlight of the RHC conference is the new Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Renewable Heating and Cooling. Over the course of three plenary and seven parallel sessions, conference delegates will have the opportunity to help define which research, development and demonstration projects will be best suited for SRA implementation until 2020.
Among the speakers of the RHC conference are: Gerhard Stryi-Hipp, President of the RHC Platform, Pat Rabbitte, Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Marie Donnelly, Director of New and Renewable Sources for Energy, Energy Efficiency and Innovation at the European Commission’s RD Energy, as well as Sean O’Driscoll, CEO of Glen Dimplex Group and Paolo Frankl, Head of the IEA’s Renewable Energy Division. Such a line-up of guests will provide the conference with valuable insights into the cutting-edge technologies at the forefront of European developments in heating and cooling.
Around 300 participants from 28 countries gathered at last year’s RHC conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, to share their experiences and best practices with renewable heating and cooling technologies at the building, district and city level.
Main topics of the first conference on solar district heating will be technical solutions, such as system design and evaluation of heating and cooling projects, large collector arrays, heat storage and related components and aspects. Other topics will be urban planning and business models, such as energy policy and solar integration, energy and area planning, ESCOs, third-party agreements and net metering, as well as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
Support for the conference comes from SDHplus, a follow-up of SDHtake-off, which ended in June 2012. SDHplus - New Business Opportunities for Solar District Heating and Cooling - is running from July 2012 to June 2015. The EC programme to fund the EUR 1.88 million project is Intelligent Energy –Europe (IEE).
Among the speakers of the SDH conference are Birger Lauersen, Danish District Heating Association, Ralf-Roman Schmidt, Austrian Institute of Technology, Per Rosén, E.ON, Dirk Mangold, Solites, Philip Ohnewein, AEE INTEC, Morten Vang Jensen, PlanEnergi, and Sven Werner, Chalmers University of Technology.
In co-operation with E.ON, the organisers of the SDH conference will also offer two study visits to the Bo01 area. Bo01 is a recently developed district in the Västra Hamnen (Western Harbour) growth area on the outskirts of Malmö. The district has approximately 600 homes, offices and shops. Its objective: to be a leading international example of environmental adaptation and social sustainability in a densely built-up area. The study visits will take place on 9 April in the morning and on 10 April in the afternoon.