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.

Семинари за обука, колективни акции и цени на енергијата – Теми на состанокот на конзорциумот на REPLACE во јуни 2022 година

Проектот REPLACE се движи напред според планираното. И како што покажа проектниот состанок на 30 јуни 2022 година, голем број од планираните алатки и активности веќе се имплементирани за да се мотивираат луѓето во проектните региони да се префрлат на обновливите извори на системи за греење и ладење и да заштедат енергија.

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

Меѓу другото, сите семинари за обука на REPLACE, вклучително и некои последователни обуки, веќе се имплементирани. Професионалци во Северна Македонија, Хрватска, Бугарија и Словенија добија информации за тоа како да ги заменат системите за греење со климатски прифатливи опции и како да ги поддржат клиентите во заштеда на енергија. Во Словенија е планирана уште една обука за септември 2022 година.

Друга тема која беше во фокус на прокетниот состанок е имплементацијата на колективни акции кои истовремено таргетираат голем број клиенти. Покрај локалните мрежи за греење во Германија или логистички центар за биомаса во Шпанија, партнерот во Северна Македонија планира да започне заедничко купување на топлински пумпи со инвертер и PV за колективни станови со помош на предфизибилити студија. Во Австрија, за прв пат беше развиен едношалтерски систем преку веб-страна и од средината на јули го олеснува едноставното префрлување од системи со фосилни горива на системи за обновливи извори и централно греење.

Конечно, тема на средбата беа и актуелните високи цени на енергенсите. Од една страна, тие ја зголемуваат желбата за енергетска независност, на пример преку топлински пумпи и сончева топлинска енергија. Во исто време, порастот на цените може да ја отежне и промената, како што е пример во Босна и Бугарија, каде што порастот на цената на пелетите ја забавува климатската замена на системите за греење. Покрај нив и други земји се соочуваат со слични предизвици. Во двата случаи, REPLACE алатките и активностите помагаат да се насочат напорите за замена на системите за греење во поодржлива насока.

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 treninzi, kolektivne akcije i cijene energije – teme na sastanku konzorcija REPLACE održanom u lipnju 2022

Projekt REPLACE napreduje prema planu. A kao što je sastanak projektnih partnera 30. lipnja 2022. pokazao, veliki broj planiranih alata i aktivnosti već je implementiran kako bi se ljudi u projektnim regijama motivirali da prijeđu na sustave grijanja i hlađenja na obnovljive izvore energije te na uštedu energije.

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

Između ostalog, svi REPLACE treninzi, uključujući i neke naredne, već su provedeni. Stručnjaci u Sjevernoj Makedoniji, Hrvatskoj, Bosni i Hercegovini, Bugarskoj i Sloveniji dobili su informacije o tome kako zamijeniti sustave grijanja na ekološki prihvatljiv način te kako podržati korisnike u uštedi energije. Još jedan trening planiran je za rujan 2022. u Sloveniji.

Druga tema bila je provedba kolektivnih akcija koje istovremeno dopiru do posebno velikog broja krajnjih korisnika. Uz lokalne toplinske mreže u Njemačkoj ili logistički centar za biomasu u Španjolskoj, partner u Sjevernoj Makedoniji planira pokrenuti zajedničku nabavu inverterskih dizalica topline i fotonaponskih postrojenja u skupini stanova uz pomoć preliminarne studije izvedivosti. U Austriji je po prvi put razvijen online one-stop shop koji od sredine srpnja omogućuje jednostavan prijelaz sa sustava na fosilna goriva na sustave grijanja koji se temelje na obnovljivim izvorima energije i daljinsko grijanje.

Tema sastanka bila je i trenutna visoka cijena energije. S jedne strane, tržišna situacija povećava potrebu za energetskom neovisnošću, primjerice putem dizalica topline i solarne toplinske energije, dok s druge strane rast cijena također značajno otežava proces zamjene o čemu govore, primjerice, partneri iz BiH i Bugarska, gdje je poskupljenje peleta značajno smanjilo broj ljudi koji se odlučuju za prelazak na ovu vrstu ekološki prihvatljivog energenta. Druge zemlje suočavaju se sa sličnim izazovima. U oba slučaja, REPLACE alati i aktivnosti daju značajan doprinos i pomažu u usmjeravanju napora za zamjenu sustava grijanja u održivijem smjeru.

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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Spring is the time for action to sustainably replace the heating systems

In the past two months, REPLACE project team members from the Sarajevo Canton region held two meetings of the local working group with the aim of defining the further course of project activities with a focus on campaign activities to replace inefficient heating systems. Meetings were held in the municipalities of Ilijaš and Novo Sarajevo.

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Self-sufficient and climate friendly heating in the Bavarian Oberland, Germany – Information event on district heating systems and for future heat suppliers

Leibersberg gets stuck in: The district heating system in Leibersberg, municipality of Riegsee, was built with a lot of own work – good for climate protection and for the village community. Source: Georg Miller

District heating systems can be a good lever for climate protection and for becoming independent of oil and gas. On 25 February, around 60 participants, including mayors, architects and energy consultants, learned what to consider when planning district heating systems at an online event organised by Energiewende Oberland in the EU-funded heating transition project REPLACE.

Almost half of the energy in the Bavarian Oberland is used for heating, 44% of it in private households. As Stefan Drexlmeier from Energiewende Oberland (EWO) reported at the event on 25 February, district heating systems are an ideal way to supply entire streets with climate-friendly heat in addition to replacing individual heating systems, and at the same time to make oneself independent of fluctuating energy prices and oil and gas supplies from abroad. District Administrator Anton Speer (Garmisch-Partenkirchen district) also emphasised in his welcoming address that regional supply from own products is becoming increasingly important and pointed out, among other things, the supply of three Murnau schools by forest residues.

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About the REPLACEMENT of heating systems on Sarajevo Television

In the morning program of Sarajevo Television (TV SA), we had the opportunity to discuss the REPLACE project and the activities carried out within the campaign to replace old and inefficient heating systems with alternatives on renewable energy sources.

The audience was introduced to how they can also participate in REPLACEMENT activities in Sarajevo Canton and thus become ambassadors of positive change and contribute to environmental protection. Some activities in which citizens can take part include 6 techno-economic feasibility studies for households, REPLACE info hubs where residents of Sarajevo Canton can get information about replacement options, alternatives available on the market and other useful information.

Citizens who have already replaced their heating systems can participate in the 100% renewable heating campaign, and also can apply to host the activity “open house events” where they would share their experience with visitors regarding the replacement and transition to the use of renewable energy sources. As part of this activity, gifts will be provided for the hosts.

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