This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691624
The new SDHplus project, has been positively evaluated by the IEE program. The main idea is to develop new business models and market strategies and spread already successfully applied concepts to further introduce solar thermal energy on the district heating market.
The SDHtake-off project, which will come to an end in June 2012, has for the first time created an intense cooperation between solar thermal and district heating stakeholders as well as successful support activities. The commercial application of SDH is presently starting in some countries. Innovative business models with SDH can create additional benefits. New opportunities need now to be recognised, derived from the role of renewable district heating for implementing the EPBD recast and the Directive for the Promotion of Renewables.
The aim of SDHplus is therefore to foster the changeover of district heating to solar thermal energy by creating show cases for successful integration of solar thermal into various specific district heating and cooling situations. Practical know-how will be transferred to market actors, reliable data and new knowledge made available and plant replication will be stimulated. Furthermore, the project will focus on developing and pilot implementing new market strategies for district heating with solar energy (e.g. green tariffs, feed-in models) and disseminating the lessons learned from existing cases. SDHplus further aims at the transfer of SDH know-how to six new learning countries: Spain, France, Croatia, Lituania, Poland and Slovenia. Within the project a one-to-one coaching of partners in these learning countries will be initialized. In addition, international SDH workshops and plant visit tours aiming at coaching of district heating market actors and a new SDH conference will be institutionalised. The kick-off of SDHplus is scheduled for July 2012.
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