Towards a Net-Zero Future: the vital role of geothermal and solar thermal in providing sustainable cooling solutions


  • DATE OF THE EVENT: May 15, 2023
  • TIME: 14:00 - 15:30 CET
  • LOCATION: Online, Zoom

The webinar, “Towards a Net-Zero Future: the vital role of geothermal and solar thermal in providing sustainable cooling solutions” took place on 15.05.2023 and experts from the COOLING DOWN Consortium and beyond, gathered to explore innovative renewable cooling solutions in a changing energy market.

As the planet heats up sustainable solutions for cooling become essential for households, cities, businesses and industry. Geothermal and solar thermal are renewable, efficient, and cost-effective solutions. Integrating them into our individual and common living spaces, workplaces and manufacturing processes is a critical part of climate mitigation and adaptation. They are also key to avoiding additional stress on electricity systems and resource consumption.

Our panel of experts discussed the benefits and challenges of geothermal and solar thermal cooling.

This event was supported by the COOLING DOWN EU project, funded under the LIFE Programme.

Organised by COOLING DOWN

Venue: online (via Zoom)



Moderator: Philippe Dumas, EGEC

14:00 – 14:05  Introductory remarks – Philippe Dumas, EGEC [PRESENTATION]


PART 1: Setting the framework: cooling perspectives in a changing energy market 

14:05 – 14:15 Cooling in the energy market regulation – Madis Laaniste, Policy Officer at the European Commission (DG ENER, B2) [PRESENTATION]

14:15 – 14:25 Cooling technologies and key aspects for future systems – Reuven Paitazoglou, Fraunhofer [PRESENTATION]

14:25 – 14:35 Cooling demand and impact on the energy system – Simon Pezzutto, Senior Researcher at EURAC and Cool-LIFE project Coordinator [PRESENTATION]

14:35 – 14:45 Q&A session


PART 2: Ready-to-use renewable cooling solutions: the role of geothermal and solar thermal 


14:45 – 14:55 Cooling the pathway to energy transition: integrating renewable cooling technologies into Municipal SEAPs – Javier F. Urchueguia, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia [PRESENTATION]

14:55 – 15:05 The innovative geothermal cooling system of EURONEXT Data Centre – Philippe Dumas [PRESENTATION]

15:05 – 15:15 Europe’s largest solar cooling solution for industrial processes at the AVL Company (Austria) – Christian Holter, SOLID [PRESENTATION]

15:15 – 15:25 Q&A session

15:25 – 15:30 Concluding remarks – Saverio Papa, Solar Heat Europe


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