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SmartHeat Press Release

On Friday 18th January 2013 the final project meeting of the SmartHeat project took place in Ankara, Turkey at the TTMD headquarters.

The project has run for three years and involved a range of organisations from across Europe. The project was funded by the European Commission as part of the Framework Seven SME scheme and aimed to develop a modular system for space and water heating in houses that would utilise renewable energy sources.

Prototype systems are now installed in Spain and Turkey. In addition, prototype systems are also being run under various scenarios as demonstration and training rigs in the UK and Germany. Although the project ends this month, the field trial sites will continue to provide additional data for the near future.

The project has shown that non-water based energy stores can be utilised with various renewable sources. By utilising the latent heat of a suitable phase change material compact stores can be produced that are more easily accommodated in compact homes. To exploit the potential of storing renewable energy a sophisticated control system has been developed that takes into account the level of energy available, the cost of providing heat from the available sources (including non-renewables) and the predicted heat demands. The control system acquires room temperature data from multiple wireless sensors and communicates via the existing power circuits. The modularity of the system enables it to be expanded over time as resources become available.

One of the developments that has come out of the project is a colour coding system for pipework and fittings in heating and hot water systems with multiple heat sources. A document explaining the colour coding can be downloaded from the SmartHeat website.

The development of the SmartHeat system was undertaken by the following research and development establishments on behalf of the SMEs:

  • The Intelligent Systems Research Institute (ISRI)
  • Stuttgart University (ITW)
  • Georgia Tech Ireland (GTI)
  • Ikerlan

 

The small medium size enterprises (SMEs) that were involved included:

  • QRS Renewable Systems
  • Equipsol
  • Solarfocus

 

The SME Association Groups (SME AGs) involved included:

  • The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)
  • Svensk Solenergi
  • The Environmental and Sustainable Construction Association (EASCA)
  • Turkish Society of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers (TTMD)

 

Details of the project can be found on the website www.smartheat.org.uk . If anyone is interested in taking any aspect of the project forward, please contact the Project Coordinator, Mr Kevin Wellman through the website.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA-Research Executive Agency (http://ec.europa.eu/research/rea) [FP7/2007-2013] under grant agreement number 243447

 

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