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Final Meeting/Project conclusion DeStoSimKaFe

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Vom 10.-11.09.2020 fand das Abschlusstreffen des Projektes DeStoSimKaFe bei AEE INTEC in Gleisdorf statt. Im Zentrum des Projekts DeStoSimKaFe stand die Anwendbarkeit und Umsetzbarkeit innovativer und nachhaltiger Wärme- und Kälteversorgung auf Basis Kalter Fernwärme zu. Um das zu erreichen, erfolgte die Entwicklung komplexer technischer Systemlösungen und von methodischen und simulationstechnischen Grundlagen für die Konzeption, Planung und langfristige Bewertung solcher Systeme. Aufbauend auf die erarbeiteten Systemlösungen und der technisch/ökologischen Bewertung werden für maßgeschneiderte Produkte und Dienstleistungen für Kalte Fernwärme erarbeitet, die dann in eine ökonomische Bewertungsmethode einfließen. Durch das breit aufgestellte Konsortium aus Forschungseinrichtungen, Wärmepumpenproduzent, Beratungs- und Planungsunternehmen und einem Energieinstitut konnte eine solide Basis für die Beantwortung der Forschungsfragen geschaffen werden.

Die beiden intensiven Tage des Abschlusstreffens wurden genutzt, um finale Projektergebnisse zu diskutieren, die Berichtslegung mit den Partnern zu koordinieren und sich über die jeweiligen Branchen-Entwicklungen auf den neuesten Stand zu bringen. Darüber hinaus wurden potentielle Follow-ups und zukünftige Forschungsfragen erarbeitet und eine umfangreiche Reflexion durchgeführt.

Als konkrete Forschungsresultate wurden Modelle für die Simulation und Bewertung von verschiedensten Systemkonfigurationen auf Basis kalter Fernwärme erstellt. Diese wurden zur Langzeitbewertung der jeweiligen Systeme unter sich ändernden Rahmenbedingungen genutzt. Daraus konnten die Verhalten, Einflüsse und vor allem die Einsatzgrenzen einzelner Systemvarianten und Einflussparameter abgeleitet werden.

Als wichtigste Take-aways zeigten sich, dass für eine erfolgreiche Implementierung von kalten Fernwärmelösungen eine gute Verfügbarkeit von lokalen Wärmequellen wie Abwärme vor Ort unabdingbar sind. Das Konsortium stimmt ferner überein, dass es vielerorts Abwärmepotential nicht erkannt wird: bereits niedertemperaturige Ströme (z.b. bei 30°C) stellen sehr gut nutzbare Potentiale dar, die in Kalte Fernwärme-Anwendungen einem enormen Beitrag liefern zu einem Ausstieg aus ineffizienter und fossiler Wärme- und Kälteversorgung liefern können. Hier besteht jedoch noch weiterer Bedarf an Demonstrationsprojekten und Umsetzungen, um dieses Potential auch sichtbar zu machen für die breite Öffentlichkeit.

 

Issue 03 | 2020 of "sustainable technologies" is online

In future one of the big challenges will be to implement climate-friendly energy supply systems in buildings and neighborhoods. The focus for Central Europe still is heating in wintertime, but the energy input for cooling devices during summer is increasing. Although there is a large number of research projects in the energy field, there are still barriers to implement innovative solutions in practice.

In the current issue of the magazine "nachhaltige technologien", innovative demonstration buildings and quarters are presented. Diverse solutions prove that energy efficiency, energy savings and well-being of the inhabitants can be implemented in an affordable manner. Monitoring results confirm the innovative approach and the actually very low energy consumption.

Building component activation, energy management systems, ice storage solutions, digitalization concepts for residents are just a few keywords that will be indispensable in future energy and building technology concepts. The examples provided in the magazine are intended to encourage the successful implementation of proven standard solutions as well as new developments and innovations.

 

Smart city surveying

In August 2020, experts from AEE INTEC and Skyability took advantage of excellent weather conditions to investigate urban heat islands (IUHI) in the old city of Graz.

The innovative method developed by AEE INTEC in the frame of the FFG-funded project SmaCiSe uses a drone equipped with a thermographic and multi-spectral camera to precisely detect both heat radiation and reflected solar radiation. In hot urban environments, the radiation temperature significantly determines the sensation of heat, both in terms of the subjective perception of temperature and objective physiological stress. The project team uses sophisticated measurement technology and complex numerical methods to determine the above mentioned radiation parameters as precisely as possible.

A comprehensive article was published in the newspaper (Kleine Zeitung, 23-08-2020), and a report will shortly be broadcast in the programme Road to Digital Austria on ATV and Puls 4.

 

News from the lead project giga_TES

Large-scale thermal energy storage systems (TES) of about two million cubic meters increase the flexibility of district heating systems in transforming the supply system to 100% renewable energy through seasonal heat storage. Building on the know-how gained in the project giga_TES with respect to large-scale thermal energy storage for renewable district heating systems, a demonstration project in Austria is to be implemented. The expertise gained in the project giga_TES regarding large-scale thermal energy storage for renewable district heating systems should be integrated to a follow-up demonstration project in Austria.

On 18 and 19 June 2020, the semi-annual consortium meeting of the project partners took place as a virtual meeting. The consortium consists of four Austrian and two European research institutes and twelve key companies of the European materials, components and construction industry as well as engineering offices and district heating network operators. The experts reported of successful material and component tests leading to patent applications in the field of storage components and covers for large heat storage tanks. Furthermore, results of the validation of simulation-based storage and component models were on the agenda. The project partner Planenergi presented projects implemented in Denmark lately. 

Besides technical optimisations, lifetime analysis for large heat storage systems and holistic system simulations of actual district heating systems, models for assessing economic efficiency are in the focus of the final project phase.

Further information and results of the lead project can be found on the project website. https://www.gigates.at/index.php/de/

The project "giga_TES" is funded by the Climate and Energy Fund and is carried out within the framework of the programme "Energy Research (e!MISSION) - 3rd Call for Proposals in the Frame of Energy Research 2016".

 

Create - compact thermal energy storage system

The CREATE project developed a heat battery, that can store heat in a compact way with virtually no heat losses. With this storage technology, heat from solar collectors can be stored in summer to be used for room heating and warm tap water in winter. The EC-funded project developed storage material and components and put them together in a prototype heat battery that was demonstrated in a house in Warsaw, Poland.

 

Waste heat recovery for industrial processes

Jürgen Fluch (AEE INTEC) moderated the risk minimization section in one of two four-hour workshops in the scope of IEA IETS Annex 15 / Task 3 (International Energy Agency Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems - Industrial Waste Heat Recovery), which took place on 25 and 26 June 2020.

Economic, financial or technological barriers are challenges for the implementation of waste heat projects in industry besides soft facts like lack of confidence or subjective risk assessment. Unforeseeable changes of the energy prices, a lack of reliable business models for financing or technological problems that occur during the planning and operation phase are further reasons why waste heat utilisation projects are hesitantly implemented.

By investigating and combining methods for identification and quantification of usable waste heat in industry, by estimating future influencing factors on waste heat projects, aspects of operation in industrial energy systems as well as risk assessment, the IEA IETS Annex 15 / Task 3 analyses possibilities and approaches to solutions and presents innovative demonstration projects that have already been implemented or that are planned.

For further information please see the project website https://iea-industry.org/annexes/annex-xv-industrial-excess-heat-recovery

IEA IETS Annex 15 / Task 3 receives funding by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology. 

 

Solar Process Heat

Task 64 of the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) focuses on the integration of solar heat into industrial processes of various industry sectors and further sectors with thermal energy demand.

On 17-06-2020 an online Task meeting took place. In the scope of the project all types of solar collectors and carrier media are analysed with regard to the opportunities they provide for the industry sector. The project experts emphasize that solar process heat is an integral part of a hybrid energy supply system for industrial applications. Focal points of Task 64 address integrated energy systems, modularisation, simulation, standardisation and market-oriented guidelines.

At the online meeting Jürgen Fluch (AEE INTEC) presented the status of Subtask E followed by a lively discussion about costs and their categorization. Within Subtask E a guideline for relevant markets will be elaborated.

For further information please see the project website https://task64.iea-shc.org/description

IEA SHC Task 64 receives funding by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology.

 

Innovative energy technologies - Austrian market development 2019

The documentation and analysis of the market development of renewable energy technologies creates a data, planning and decision basis for numerous groups of actors in politics, economy and research and development. The present market study "Innovative Energy Technologies in Austria - Market Development 2019" creates these foundations for the fields of biomass, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, heat pumps and wind power.

In addition to the documentation of sales figures for the domestic market and the export market, economic figures in the areas of sales, jobs and the CO2 effects of these technologies are presented.

In 2019, Austrian companies in the fields of biomass, photovoltaics, solar thermal energy, heat pumps and wind power generated a turnover of 5.2 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The application of these innovative technologies provided 66.2 terawatt hours of renewable energy in Austria and avoided climate-damaging emissions amounting to 14 million tons of CO2 equivalent.

Authors: P. Biermayr, C. Dißauer, M. Eberl, M. Enigl, H. Fechner, B. Fürnsinn, M. Jaksch-Fliegenschnee, K. Leonhartsberger, S. Moidl, E. Prem, C. Schmidl, C. Strasser, W. Weiss, M. Wittmann, P. Wonisch, E. Wopienka

 

Issue 02 | 2020 of "sustainable technologies" is online

Because of Covid-19, numerous scientists of various disciplines called on politicians to push on integrated measures that would both boost the economy and help protect the climate in the long term. Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), sees this path as essential and gives recommendations for policymakers.

In the context of security and resilience of the energy supply hybrid renewable energy systems play an important role. In recent years, hybrid solar technologies (PVT) have developed in the shadow of the single technologies, namely photovoltaics and solar thermal energy. Now the technology is established with a collector area of 1.17 million m² installed worldwide by the end of 2019. PVT systems have a much higher efficiency per unit area than comparable single technologies. This makes them particularly interesting for the building sector due to the increasing demand of locally generated renewable energy.

Read more about hybrid solar technologies in the current issue of the magazine "sustainable technologies".

 

Integrated renewable energy systems for industry

Three-part stakeholder workshop series of the e!MISSION project CORES

The first stakeholder workshop took place on 17.6.2020 from 10:00 - 12:30. Jürgen Fluch, project manager of CORES, presented the project with regard to the objectives, the planned results and how the consortium intends to achieve the goals. The event was moderated by Barbara Hammerl (Stadtlabor Graz).

In the frame of the CORES project a simulation algorithm for the optimization of hybrid energy supply systems in industry is being developed,  which will be tested in three industrial companies, Agrana Fruit Austria GmbH, Gebrüder Woerle Ges.m.b.H. and Lasselsberger GmbH. From this, concepts for the design and operation of control concepts for sustainable energy supply systems in industrial enterprises are derived. The aim is to significantly increase the share of renewable energy sources in industry.

Dominik Seliger from Vienna University of Technology gave an insight into the status of the model development and the structure of the system simulation concerning the technologies addressed in CORES (waste heat recovery, solar thermal, PV, PVT, heat pumps and storages) as well as developed evaluation criteria. The discussions and interactive exchange with invited industrial companies, technology providers and system builders revealed specific challenges as well as possible solutions.

The aim of the workshop series is to integrate practical knowledge and interests of industrial companies into the development of CORES, to receive constructive feedback on the interim results and to increase the benefit of achieved project results for industry. Further workshops are planned for March 2021 and January 2022.

Further information https://bit.ly/2LVQGM0!

The CORES project is carried out within the framework of the "Energy Research" programme and is funded by the Climate and Energy Fund.

 

Online Meeting of the OIB Working Group on the topic “Smart Readiness Indicator“

A working group was installed by the OIB Expert Advisory Board on Directive 6 to deal with the topic of Smart Readiness Indicator in response to the European Buildings Directive 2018. This working group is to develop a recommendation for the Expert Advisory Committee on Directive 6 on how to proceed in the future concerning the Smart Readiness Indicator. On 16 June 2020 a online meeting of the working group took place. AEE INTEC was invited to give a presentation. Armin Knotzer gave the speech and discussed the topic of SRI with the representatives of the working group together with the second speaker Doris Österreicher from the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna.

 

Heat pump technologies in combination with biomass district heating plant

On 28.5.2020 a free webinar on the subject of heat pump technologies for flue gas condensation was held at AEE  INTEC. The webinar was part of a klimaaktiv QM Heizwerke (quality management for biomass district heating plants and networks) training course and a Green Energy Lab - Green Energy Insight Talk.

Ewald Jaunegg from the engineering office Ewald Jaunegg e.U. compared different heat pump technologies for the use in biomass district heating plants with flue gas condensation. Afterwards Harald Blazek from STEPSAHEAD Energiesysteme GmbH presented the absorption heat pump technology and its possible applications. The webinar also included a detailed design example and answered the questions of 98 participants.

Generally, heating plant operators should take a look at efficiency improvements that can be achieved by using absorption heat pumps.

klimaaktiv QM Heizwerke is a quality management programme throughout Austria aiming at improving the technical quality and efficiency of biomass heating plants and networks. This is achieved by accompanying quality control during the planning, construction and operation phase. The programme is managed by AEE INTEC.

Green Energy Lab is currently the largest Austrian research initiative for the development and demonstration of green energy technologies. It supports the objective of reaching 100 percent renewable electricity and heat.

For the presentation of Ewald Jaunegg please contact the speaker directly by email: office@ewaldjaunegg.com

 

IEA SHC Solar Heat Worldwide Report Ed. 2020

On behalf of the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology the IEA SHC Solar Heat Worldwide Report is updated annually by AEE INTEC.

The cumulative installed capacity of solar technologies for solar heating and cooling in operation at the end of 2019 was 479 GWth (684 million square meters). The corresponding annual solar thermal energy yield was 389 TWh, which corresponds to a saving of 41.9 million tonnes of oil and 135.1 million tonnes of CO2, or 3.5 times Switzerland's annual CO2 emissions.

Two areas of steady growth are the number of megawatt systems for district heating and industrial applications. At the end of 2019, around 400 large-scale solar thermal systems (> 350 kWth; 500 m²) were connected to district heating networks or were in operation in residential buildings. 800 solar process heating systems with a total collector area of 1 million m² (700 MWth) are currently in operation. The world's largest solar process heat plant Miraah in Oman was expanded by around 200 MWth in 2019 and now has an installed capacity of 300 MWth.

The PVT market developed very well in 2019 and recorded significant global growth of plus 9 percent.

 

European Energy Manager - EUREMnext Webinar

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Energy managers, consultants and interested companies took part in the EUREMnext expert workshop "Energy audit tool for identification and evaluation of thermal energy efficiency" on 22nd of April 2020.

Due to the current corona situation, the event was held as an online workshop, which was rated quite positively in a survey of the almost 40 participants. No travel times and professional software solutions facilitated the participation. As always, the event was perfectly organized and moderated by Sonja Starnberger (Energieinstitut der Wirtschaft).

Wolfgang Gruber-Glatzl from AEE INTEC prepared three tasks in the 1st part of the workshop, which the participants were able to solve in the EUREMnext energy audit support tool. In the 2nd part, Jürgen Fluch, also from AEE INTEC, led a lively exchange of experiences in conducting thermal energy audits in companies.

Link to project EUREMnext https://www.energymanager.eu/en/euremnext-project/

 

Webinar – Opportunities for Solar Heat in Malaysia

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On Wednesday, 22 April 2020, a freely accessible webinar on thermal solar energy technologies for industrial processes took place. Jürgen Fluch (Division Manager at AEE INTEC) and Marlene Sayer (UNIDO project partner) showcased how thermal solar technologies could contribute to the industrial heat demand in Malaysia. The webinar was moderated by Belén Gallego (ata insights).

The focus of the webinar was on the ongoing UNIDO project led by AEE INTEC and the results achieved during the training, actual implementations and an outlook on the final project phase. Topics covered included the potential of solar heat for industry in Malaysia as well as energy efficiency in industry and the detailed presentation of a specific tool developed by AEE  INTEC for the design, integration or selection of the right system in terms of collector technology, storage, heat exchanger and integration point that meets the existing industrial heat demand and the use of thermal solar energy best. In addition, economic aspects including economic evaluation and attracting of investors were addressed, based on already implemented projects.

The questions and many participants from the energy supply sector showed the lively interest in the topic how to provide clean energy supply solutions to industrial heat demand in Malaysia.


Photo: Industrial Solar

 

News on Ventilation Systems for Buildings – Webinar

On Thursday 16 April 2020 a webinar focusing on

News on Ventilation Systems: design, balance, operation and fire protection requirements

took place organised by AEE  INTEC and Universität Innsbruck, Unit of Energy Efficient Building.

About 100 participants listened to the presentations about current research activities and results concerning central ventilation systems and heat recovery for buildings. Topics addressed were planning tools developed by the Passive House Institute and Universität Innsbruck, results of monitoring and research with regard to balancing of air volumes of the overall ventilation systems and single flats, integrating fume hood systems and last but not least concepts and ideas with respect to solutions in connection with fire safety and components for fire protection. HVAC technicians and designers, stakeholders from public authorities, energy advisers and further groups of participants listened with great interest.

The webinar was organised in the frame of the “City of the Future“ project E.Vent and the Austrian IEA cooperation IEA EBC Annex 68.

The Austrian Ministry’s research and development programme “City of the Future“ (Ministry of Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology) is processed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH and the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology.

 

Methodology Development for Accelerated Generation of Thermal Energy Storage Models

A new PhD thesis at AEE INTEC deals with the numerical modelling of new energy storage technologies.

The main goal of the thesis is the development of general approaches and methodologies for building numerical Thermal Energy Storage (TES) models for dynamic system simulations. With the elaborated methodologies the development of new TES models should become faster, more efficient and less costly. In order to enable an accelerated modelling process the future promising, acausal, equation-based and object-oriented modelling language Modelica is used.

Another objective is the development and testing of these general methodologies by the development of two new built, scientifically proven and well validated TES models for dynamic systems simulations, which will be used at AEE INTEC in the scope of ongoing national and international research projects. One of the models refers to large-scale pit TES and the other one refers to compact thermochemical TES.  These two models will allow in-depth analysis, design and optimization of these emerging TES technologies  and thus enable an accelerated market launch and the integration into future energy systems.

This PhD thesis is funded by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in the framework of the program “Forschungspartnerschaften: Industrienahe Dissertationen 2020 - 6. AS Forschungspartnerschaften“.

 

Participation in residential construction - new Smart Cities demo project launched

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On 13.02.20 the official kick-off meeting took place at the WEGRAZ in Graz for the pilot project "Smart Mainstreaming - Demonstration of participation processes in regular housing projects".
In the pilot project new approaches in development and planning of  housing projects are demonstrated in a cooperative and interdisciplinary process between the project team, relevant actors from the municipality of Eggersdorf near Graz and future residents. Affordability and cost reduction potentials as well as innovations for more sustainability, climate protection and resource conservation are objectives of the project. At the end of the process, a holistic approach with added value for residents, neighbourhood/community and building owners is created and should serve as a good example for future participatory, sustainable and innovative building projects in standard housing. The work package "Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Resources", is led by AEE INTEC and deals with low-tech solutions, near-zero energy building concepts and the energetic and ecological optimisation of building structures, services and infrastructural measures concerning the neighbourhood (in respect to building materials, water management, mobility, etc.), that are investigated with regard to CO2 and primary energy demand.

Project submitter: WEGRAZ
Project Coordinator: StadtLABOR Innovationen für urbane Lebensqualität GmbH
project partners: AEE INTEC, schwarz.platzer architekten.zt-gmbh

This project is supported by the Climate and Energy Fund under the SMART CITIES DEMO - LIVING URBAN INNOVATION programme.

Foto: KooPro / AEE  INTEC

 

Integrated solar supply concepts for climate-neutral buildings

On the 5th of February 2020, the official start of the research project "Sol4City - Integrated solar supply concepts for climate-neutral buildings in the "City of the Future"" took place at Sonnenkraft GmbH in St. Veit an der Glan, Austria. The expertise of leading research institutes and industrial partners from Austria and Germany will be bundled in a bilateral, cooperative consortium to develop renewable energy supply concepts with high solar coverage for heating, cooling, household electricity and electromobility for multi-storey residential buildings and city quarters.

The focus of the project is on the combined use of available technologies such as PV and battery technologies, heat pumps, ice storage, grids, the activation of thermal masses as well as new advanced technologies. In the context of the overall system, new components such as PVT hybrid collectors, sorption technologies, vacuum heat insulation and interactive control of the overall system will be developed or enhanced respectively. Taking into account synergetic interactions with network infrastructures (electricity and heat) in the sense of using bidirectional flexibility options, holistic energy supply concepts should finally be available. The aim is to achieve maximum space efficiency of the conversion technologies on site, and high economic competitiveness for broad applicability in the "city of the future".

Project coordination: AEE  INTEC

Austrian project partners: Institute of Polymeric Materials and Testing - Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, GREENoneTEC Solarindustrie GmbH, SONNENKRAFT GmbH, KIOTO Photovoltaics GmbH, Kreisel Electric GmbH&CoKG

German project partners: IGTE Universität Stuttgart (head of German consortium), Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co KG

The project is supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the scope of the “City of the Future“ Research Programme.

 

 

Größtes EU-Projekt zur Digitalisierung in der Industrie

Arrowhead Tools ist derzeit das größte EU-Projekt zur Digitalisierung in der Industrie mit 81 Projektpartnern, darunter Volvo, Bosch, Philips, Infineon etc. Das Gesamtprojektbudget liegt bei rund 91 Mio EUR. Übergeordnetes Ziel des Projektes ist, den Datenaustausch zwischen Sensoren und Soft- und Hardware effizient und sicher zu gestalten. Der Projektstart war Anfang Mai in Göteborg, Schweden.

Es gibt 20 unterschiedliche Entwicklungslinien zu Digitalisierungsthemen in der Industrie, die in unterschiedlichen Branchen Anwendung finden wie zum Beispiel Verkehr (autonomes Fahren), Gesundheit, Halbleiter- und Automobilindustrie sowie im Gebäudesektor. Innerhalb dieser Entwicklungslinien werden die entwickelten Tools an konkreten Anwendungen validiert.

AEE INTEC leitet die Linie „Digitaler Zwilling für Gebäude“. Und kooperiert dabei mit Infineon Austria und EQUA Solutions (Schweden/Schweiz). Ziel dieser Entwicklungslinie ist es, ein reales Gebäude mit seinem Digitalen Zwilling zu koppeln. Das heißt, eine Gebäude- und Anlagensimulation wird in Echtzeit mit Messdaten aus dem Gebäude gekoppelt, so dass die Simulation immer den aktuellen Zustand des Gebäudes widerspiegelt. Die Informationen aus der Simulation können dann zu unterschiedlichen Zwecken genutzt werden:

  • Optimierung der Gebäuderegelung auch bei sich ändernden Randbedingungen (Wetter, Nutzerverhalten, Nutzungsart der einzelnen Räume) und damit verbesserter Nutzerkomfort und höhere Energieeffizienz
  • Einfache Fehlerdetektion
  • Genauere Informationen über das Gebäude durch Nutzung von sogenannten virtuellen Sensoren (Rechenwerte aus der Simulation), die auch für die Regelung verwendet werden können

Infineon Österreich investiert derzeit 1,6 Milliarden Euro am Standort Villach. Neben einer neuen vollautomatisierten Chipfabrik für 300 mm Dünnwafer wird auch ein neues Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgebäude errichtet. Dieses wird innerhalb des Projekts Arrowhead Tools mit einem Digitalen Zwilling ausgestattet. Heizung, Lüftung und Kühlung werden damit besonders effizient und auf hohen Nutzerkomfort ausgerichtet betrieben werden.

 

AEE INTEC gewinnt den Energy Globe Styria Award 2019 in der Kategorie „weltweit“

Bereits zum 16. Mal wurde am 14.5.2019 in der Aula der Alten Universität in Graz der Landespreis „Energy Globe Styria Award" vergeben. Mit dem renommierten Energie- und Umweltpreis werden steirische Initiativen vor den Vorhang geholt, die sich für den Klimaschutz stark machen.

Überreicht wurden die Trophäen und Urkunden von Umweltlandesrat Anton Lang und dem Leiter der Konzernkommunikation der Energie Steiermark AG Urs Harnik-Lauris. Mit dem Projekt „SOLTRAIN" gewann AEE INTEC in der Kategorie „weltweit“.

Hintergrund SOLTRAIN

Im Rahmen des Projekts „Solarthermische Ausbildung und Demonstration“ (SOLTRAIN) wird in den Ländern Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Simbabwe und Südafrika eine beschleunigte Nutzung von thermischen Solaranlagen vorangetrieben und unterstützt. SOLTRAIN beschäftigt sich mit der Errichtung von Demonstrations- und Trainingsanlagen, als auch mit Know-how-Transfer sowie den politischen und wirtschaftlichen Rahmenbedingungen, die die verstärkte Nutzung von Solarthermie und den Umstieg von einer derzeit fossilen zu einer nachhaltigen Energieversorgung  in den oben angeführten Ländern ermöglichen.

In dem seit 2009 laufenden Projekt wurden bisher 326 solarthermische Anlagen errichtet, etwa 110 Ausbildungskurse veranstaltet, ca. 3000 Personen ausgebildet sowie in einem umfassenden Stakeholderprozess „Solar Thermal Roadmaps“ für alle beteiligten Länder entwickelt, die die Regierungen bzw. Stakeholder in der Umsetzung ihrer Ziele unterstützen sollen. Durch Monitoring ausgewählter Anlagen wird deren Funktionsfähigkeit sowie die CO2-Einsparung nachgewiesen. Die errichteten Anlagen kommen hauptsächlich sozialen Einrichtungen (Spitälern, Waisen- und Altersheimen, HIV/AIDS Institutionen etc.) bzw. Schulen und  Tourismuseinrichtungen zugute und unterstützen die beteiligten Firmen auch im Erwerb von Know-how in Spezialthemen wie solarer Prozesswärme oder solarer Kühlung.

Das Projekt wird von der Austrian Development Agency sowie dem OPEC Fund for International Development finanziert.

http://SOLTRAIN.org/