REPLACE informs on district heating – Info booth at the anniversary event “50 years of machinery ring Wolfratshausen”

Christian Eiring (Head of the Maschinenring Wolfratshausen, left) und Andreas Scharli (Energiewende Oberland)

On Saturday, 11 June 2022, Maschinenring Wolfratshausen invited guests to Egling to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and the REPLACE heating transition project was also represented with its own info booth. The association with 1,200 members takes care of the machinery side of energy wood processing. With solidarity in mind, the members of the ring buy special machines, use them together and support each other.

At the anniversary event, Andreas Scharli from Energiewende Oberland gave advice at the REPLACE info booth to members of the machinery ring who operate heating networks themselves. “People who have already been operating heating networks for 10 or 15 years are currently overrun with enquiries. Customers want to become independent of imported oil and gas and switch to renewable energies from the region,” says energy consultant Andreas Scharli. Scharli supported the expert audience at the event with information on the expansion and economic operation of their grids.

The EU-funded heating transition project REPLACE aims to motivate citizens to exchange their old and inefficient heating systems and to switch to climate-friendly technologies. The project also targets professionals who advise on, plan and implement heating exchanges, as well as public authorities and investors.

Energy Summit: Are we ready for a sustainable and efficient supply of thermal energy with less impact on the environment and climate?

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, an online summit entitled “Are we ready for a sustainable and efficient supply of thermal energy with less impact on the environment and climate?“ was held.

The summit brought together over 70 participants representing ministries, policy makers, financial institutions, NGOs, professionals, designers, investors and other relevant stakeholders in the heating sector.

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Presentation of the REPLACE project at workshops in Zenica and Travnik

At the beginning of June, Enova team had the opportunity to participate in two workshops held on June 9 in Zenica and June 10 in Travnik, entitled “Opportunities for the development of the concept of smart grids in the energy sector of the Region – Zenica-Doboj and Central Bosnia Canton.”

The main goal of the workshop was to provide guidelines for stakeholders on the efficient and sustainable development of the power system in terms of decentralization, digitalization, decarbonization, and democratization by introducing the concept of a “smart grid” by strengthening the capacity of key energy sector actors to implement smart energy management with the aim of achieving environmental, economic, and social benefits.

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Expensive energy makes heating a cost trap: free tools help with heating replacement – Press release

The heating matrix shows which heating systems are best suited for which houses. The heating calculator determines annual costs and helps to find the best solution for a house.

“Energy prices have risen as much in the past two years as they last did during the oil crisis in 1973. This poses problems for many households, because heating with oil, natural gas or coal in particular has become expensive,” says Herbert Tretter, who coordinates the EU project REPLACE. To escape the “heating cost trap”, it therefore makes sense to replace old, inefficient and mostly climate-damaging heating systems. “Those who heat with oil, natural gas or coal not only pay a lot of money. These outdated heating systems are also among the most climate-damaging of all available technologies in space heating,” Tretter continues. To make it easier to switch to a new, climate-friendly heating system, two independent, free online tools are available in nine languages as part of the EU project REPLACE. 

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REPLACE training seminars, collective actions and energy prices – Topics at the REPLACE consortium meeting June 2022

The REPLACE project is moving forward as planned. And as the project meeting on 30 June 2022 showed, a large number of the planned tools and activities have already been implemented to motivate people in the project regions to switch to renewable heating and cooling systems and save energy.

At the June 2022 meeting, the team focused on progress in the REPLACE project as well as the current energy price situation.

Among other things, all REPLACE training seminars, including some follow-up trainings, have already been implemented. Professionals in North Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria and Slovenia received information on how to exchange heating systems in a climate-friendly way and how to support customers in saving energy. In Slovenia, another training is planned for September 2022.

Another topic was the implementation of collective actions that reach a particularly large number of customers at the same time. In addition to local heating networks in Germany or a biomass logistic hub in Spain, the partner in Northern Macedonia is planning to launch the joint purchase of inverter heat pumps and PV in a group of flats with the help of a pre-feasibility study. In Austria, for the first time a web-based one-stop-shop was developed and since mid-July facilitates a simple switch from fossil fueled systems to renewable-based and district heating systems.

Finally, the current high energy prices were also a topic of the meeting. On the one hand, they increase the desire for energy self-sufficiency, for example through heat pumps and solar thermal energy. At the same time, the rise in prices can also make the switch more difficult, as for example the partners from Bosnia and Bulgaria reported, where the rise in the price of pellets is slowing down the climate-friendly exchange of heating systems. Other countries are also facing similar challenges. In both cases, REPLACE tools and activities help to steer the efforts of heating system replacement in a more sustainable direction.

REPLACE webinar in cooperation with the EU portal BUILD UP – Towards Renewable Heating & Cooling: Replacement of Inefficient Systems in the Residential Sector

In May, the EU portal BUILD UP focused on how to reduce energy consumption in buildings. The REPLACE webinar on 31.5.2022 on the phase-out of fossil fueled heating systems was a perfect fit and took place in cooperation with the EU portal BUILD UP and the HARP project.

Panellists discussed challenges and drivers for renewable heating and cooling. From the bottom up: Herbert Tretter (Austrian Energy Agency, Austria), Vladimir Gjorgievski (SDEWES Centre, North Macedonia), Angel Nikolaev (Black Sea Energy Research Centre BSERC, Bulgaria), Dražen Balić (Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar EIHP, Croatia), Ignacio Macías Rodríguez (ESCAN Energy Consulting, Spain), Stefan Drexlmeier (Energiewende Oberland, Germany), Federica Sabbati (European Heating Industry EHI, EU), Karina Knaus (Moderator, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria)
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Webinar | Towards Renewable Heating & Cooling: Replacement of Inefficient Systems in the Residential Sector

This online event will take place the 31st May 2022 from 10.00H to 12.00H CET. Register here.

About the webinar

Half of Europe’s energy consumption is used for heating and cooling (H&C). However, two thirds of the heating systems installed in European buildings are inefficient.

In order to achieve climate neutrality, the decarbonisation of the space heating and cooling in residential sector is therefore essential.

The REPLACE project partners are pleased to invite you to the webinar “Towards Renewable Heating & Cooling: Replacement of Inefficient Systems in the Residential Sector” to present the key findings of the project and discuss the framework conditions for replacement, exchanging old conventional fossil fuel systems with renewable ones.

This webinar is an excellent opportunity to learn how the phase-out of fossil-based heating systems can be brought forward in the European agenda and to find out more about modern renewable technologies. 

In collaboration with the BUILD UP Portal, we invite you for discussions on how renewable energy at home can contribute to Europe’s energy transition, while empowering consumers in their energy choices.

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Follow-up training seminar in KAGoP region

As the COVID-19 pandemic measures loosened up, a follow-up training seminar as a physical event was organized in April 2022. Previously two online training seminars were held in September and December, 2021. The need for such an activity was more that obvious, as the participants were eager to hear more about the materials and tools, moreover to exchange knowledge and have more fruitful discussions in person.

The follow-up training seminar for intermediaries and investors was organized in Skopje on 18.04.2022 as a full day event. It was attended by around 25 participants covering all the target groups. The training was divided in three parts, 2 sessions and panel discussion with a practical workshop, followed by conclusions and recommendations for future work.

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Innovation workshop at the World Sustainable Energy Days – REPLACE provides information on renewable heating and cooling in the residential sector

“Another war has begun with fossil fuels at the centre of the conflict. … And the fact that buzzwords like energy dependence, security of supply, reliability, price stability are now of great importance again is the only good thing about the situation.”

With a view to the current situation in Ukraine and its influence on the European energy sector, Dominik Rutz (WIP Renewable Energies) welcomed more than 40 participants to the REPLACE Innovation Workshop in Wels, 8th April 2022. As part of the World Energy Efficiency Conference, the REPLACE project team took the opportunity to exchange with participants about renewable heating and cooling in the residential sector. 

After a long time of political attention being focused only on the electricity and then on the mobility sector and neglecting the heating and cooling sector, the consequences are now being felt, Rutz said. “The REPLACE project starts exactly here and promotes the switch from fossil energies to renewable heating systems in the heating and cooling sector.”

Roundtable at the REPLACE workshop. Participants were representatives of the REPLACE regions: (top left to right) Karina Knaus (Austrian Energy Agency, Austria, moderation), Samra Muratspahic (Enova Consultants and Engineers, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Angel Nikolaev (Black Sea Energy Research Centre (BSERC), Bulgaria), Emilija Mihajloska (SDEWES Centre, North Macedonia), Herbert Tretter (Austrian Energy Agency, Austria), Ingo Ball (WIP Renewable Energies, Germany)

The workshop introduced the project REPLACE with its aims, tools and actions, gave an overview of the decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector in Europe, and looked at the main challenges and drivers as well as possible solutions and recommendations to successfully switch to climate friendly technologies.

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REPLACE calculator in favour of conducting techno-economic studies for KAGoP region’s end-users 

In order to support consumers in making the right replacement choice with a new and climate friendly heating system, a campaign for techno-economy studies was conducted in the KAGoP. region. The feasibility studies were free of charge for the owners which are interested in replacing their old heating system. This campaign was performed by SDEWES-Skopje based on an online interview with the homeowners.

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