Over 50 participants completely filled up the Maelbeek room at the Résidence Palace Building, Brussels, to attend the session “Innovation in the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector”, organised by the RHC-ETIP as part of the official programme of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2017 on 21st June. The programme intended to showcase successful stories of innovation in the renewable heating and cooling (RHC) currently in progress.
“We have heard an impressive overview of innovation across different technologies”, said Ms Paola Mazzucchelli, Coordinator of the RHC-ETIP Secretariat, who acted as moderator of the event. “Although many RHC technologies find themselves already in a mature level, there’s still an important innovation potential which needs to be unlocked”, she continued.
Six innovative projects were presented, selected after a call for innovative projects that was launched earlier this year. For geothermal, Luca Guglielmetti, University of Geneva, presented the Underground Thermal Energy Storage (UTES) pilot project that is being carried out in the Geneva Basin. The project is an important milestone for the geothermal development in Geneva. In May, with the approval of the 2050 Swiss Energy Stategy, the country decided to phase out nuclear, reduce energy consumption and increase renewables, including geothermal.