Alleviating heat market distortions and supply insecurities: REPLACE initiatives as Best Practice

Biomass micro-grids supply several households with heat. Installing a centralized heating system like that can help to overcome the limited availability of installers. Further REPLACE initiatives include e.g. joint purchase actions, local subsidy programs or pre-feasibility studies.
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Alleviating the clean heat transition distortions and supply insecurities in the short-term

Among the most efficient short-term strategies to alleviate the risk of price and supply exposure is to reduce energy demand rapidly. The following list shows behavioural or minor investment (mostly) do-it-yourself (DIY) measures that have the potential to deliver the stated percent reductions of the overall space-heating bill immediately1.

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The word about the REPLACE project is spreading quickly throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina

On Tuesday, December 13th, ENOVA Team presented REPLACE Project at the Final Local Conference of the STRIDE Project in Zenica.

At the Conference, Regional strategy of the smart grid has been presented, as well as resulting action plans for the promotion and integration of the smart grid into the existing power system.

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100% clean heating in the Oberland. The Kluge family from Eberfing receives the first award from Energiewende Oberland.

The “Clean Heating” award, designed by Energiewende Oberland (EWO) together with the region’s climate protection managers, has been available since autumn 2022. The first household receiving the smart wooden plate from the EWO is the Kluge family from Eberfing, who heats with a combination of heat pump and solar power. The award was developed as part of the EU-funded REPLACE heating exchange project and is intended to honour people who heat climate friendly and to encourage others to follow suit.

First prize winner “Clean Heating”: Matthias Kluge heats his house in Eberfing with a groundwater heat pump. The electricity for the pump comes from his own roof. Copyright: Matthias Kluge
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REPLACE Newsletter #3

Climate change makes it necessary to switch from fossil to renewable heating and cooling systems. After all, we use half of the energy in Europe for heating and cooling. Two thirds of the installed heating systems are inefficient. At the same time, the motivation to switch systems is intensified by the current political situation, the dependence on oil, gas and coal from Russia and the rising energy prices.

The REPLACE project is more relevant than ever and supports the transition to heating and cooling with renewable energies.

In nine regions in Europe we have implemented replacement actions. The REPLACE newsletter presents highlights from the project regions. And it informs on REPLACE tools developed to make the switch to climate friendly systems feasible.

REPLACE Highlight Austria – Web-based one-stop-shop for fuel oil & gas boiler replacements launched mid-July 2022

After over a year of stakeholder consultation and implementation work, a web-based one-stop-shop for residential boiler replacements was developed for the first time in Austria – from oil/gas/direct electricity heating systems towards renewable-based and district heating systems.

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REPLACE highlight Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bringing innovations in times of the global energy crisis – REPLACE pre-feasibility studies help to overcome obstacles to climate friendly heating

Replacing a heating system is a complex process. It requires many factors to be taken into account so that the replacement results in the best and most efficient solution. REPLACE activities and tools offer an innovative approach to the replacement process that is easy to understand and accessible not only to professionals but also to end users.

The development of pre-feasibility studies for the replacement of the heating system is one of the innovative activities that was presented and made available to the end users in Sarajevo Canton (the target region in BiH) for the first time – completely free of charge. The studies show heating systems recommended for a specific household as well as benefits of the replacement.

Collecting data for the preparation of a pre-feasibility study at the project’s info hub
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REPLACE Highlight Bulgaria – From old coal boilers to efficient heating technologies: two practice examples of how the REPLACE your Heating System Calculator helps households in Bulgaria plan a new heating system

In the Rhodope region in Bulgaria, the REPLACE your Heating System Calculator provides valuable support to households to choose the best heating technology for their home. Together with the following two households, REPLACE project partner BSERC has found out about technologies that fit to the buildings, about operating costs, pay back times and savings in money and CO2.

The 55 m2 house in Bratsigovo before the heating replacement
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REPLACE Highlight Croatia: Renewable heating and cooling in a tourist environment – Open house event in Croatia

The island of Mali Losinj in the Adriatic Sea is a popular Croatian holiday destination. Since in summer the rooms are not only cooled for the island population, but also for tourist guests, the energy demand is quite high. To show how the demand can be met by renewable energy systems, REPLACE partner Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (EIHP) organised an open house day on the island on 12th April 2022.

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