For many years now, the OÖ Energiesparverband has carried out European projects on different topics in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Beside European projects, the international conference World Sustainable Energy Days is one of the main activities on international level.
World Sustainable Energy Days
The World Sustainable Energy Days, one of the largest annual conferences in this field in Europe, offer a unique combination of events on sustainable energy, covering energy efficiency and renewable energy sources for buildings and industry.The World Sustainable Energy Days, a global meeting place for the sustainable energy community, present the latest technology trends and offer up-to-date information on policies and markets. Complemented by the "Energiesparmesse", a leading energy exhibition, the World Sustainable Energy Days serve as a platform for interaction and offer ideal opportunities to establish new partnerships and business contacts. The conference makes an important contribution to awareness raising for green energy and energy efficiency. Conference website for more details: www.wsed.at
Triggering the market uptake of energy performance contracting through street lighting refurbishment projects
Most European regions have not yet seen a significant development of their energy performance contracting (EPC) markets. Apart from legal barriers, this can be attributed to the lack of understanding and trust in EPC and the absence of experienced ESCOs and organisations facilitating the EPC market development. Street lighting is a good "learning and testing ground" for EPC due to its lower technical and economic complexity (compared to building-related EPC). The recent market introduction of LED technology for street lighting offers high savings with comparatively short pay-back times. The IEE-project "STREETLIGHT-EPC", which is coordinated by the OÖ Energiesparverband, will create demand and supply for EPC projects in 9 regions by setting up regional EPC facilitation services. These services will provide comprehensive support both to municipalities (operators of street lighting), with a focus on smaller municipalities, and to SMEs as potential ESCOs. The project team includes 9 regional agencies/organisations that will provide the EPC facilitation services and 9 municipalities that are committed to implement EPC projects. Project website for more details: www.streetlight-epc.eu
Solar Process Heat
While solar heat for domestic and service applications has increasing market share across Europe, solar process heat is very much in its infancy. The potential is enormous: about 30% of the total industrial heat demand is at temperature levels below 100°C, which can be provided with commercially available solar thermal collectors. However, only about 70 installations in Europe were identified by the IEA Task 33 Solar Heat for Industrial Applications. The project therefore aimed to trigger the starting-up of markets for solar process heat by carrying out targeted market development activities in 6 European regions, including the training of professionals, information for industrial decision makers, pilot projects and the development of new services for solar contracting. Project website for more details: www.solar-process-heat.eu
Energy Efficiency Watch 4 builds upon the activities of the first 3 Energy Efficiency Watch projects (between 2007 and 2017). Among others, the OÖ Energiesparverband was responsible for developing and implementing an extensive survey with 1,270 energy efficiency experts in all 27 Member States and is involved in Europe-wide information activities.
The HP4ALL project enhances, develops and promotes the skills required for high quality, optimised heat pump installations within residential and non-residential buildings. It focusses on training and information activities along the entire value chain. The project team includes 6 partners from 5 European countries (Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Upper Austria). Further information: https://hp4all.eu/
The UP-STAIRS project accelerates the creation of energy communities. It develops flexible and iterative business model frameworks for One-Stop-Shops for local collective actions which support local stakeholders in working together. UP-STAIRS facilitates citizen participation in the energy transition and supports them in becoming prosumers. One-Stop-Shops are set-up in 5 pilot regions in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Ireland and Spain. The project team includes 10 partners from 7 European countries. Further information: www.h2020-upstairs.eu/
The "PROSPECT" project, launched in June 2017, aims to help local decision makers implement sustainable energy projects. The project implements a peer-to-peer learning program for municipalities. It focuses on exchanging experience and mutual learning on how sustainable energy projects can be financed and implemented. In this project, the OÖ Energiesperverband is working with 9 partners from 7 European countries (The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia). Further information: www.h2020prospect.eu
The Remarkable project accompanies and supports actors on the way to climate neutrality in 7 European countries (Slovenia, France, Sweden, Ireland, Belgium, Spain, Upper Austria) with different methods. Among other things, further training offers, information material and networking activities are being developed.
The project aims to develop solutions for all aspects of green tech, smart cities and health tech. For this purpose, companies in these areas are networked with innovative SMEs and start-ups throughout Europe. In this project, the Energiesparverband is working with 10 partners from 8 European countries (Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Lithuania, Slovenia, Germany, Poland and Portugal).