Upgrade DH
Upgrade DH: Upgrading the Performance of District Heating Networks in Europe
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Adaptive and adaptable envelope renewable energy source (RES) solutions for energy harvesting to optimize EU building and district load

Duration: October 2017- March 2022 ● Programme: Horizon 2020 ● www.energymatching.eu


Bringing down cost of multifunctional building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) solutions and processes along the value chain, enabling widespread nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) implementation

Duration: October 2018 -March 2022 ● Programme: Horizon 2020 ● www.bipvboost.eu


CoSt redUction and enhanced PERformance of PV systems

Duration: 2018 - 2022 ● Programme: Horizon 2020 ●

SUPER PV is pursuing an ambitious bus realistic goal for innovative PV system cost reduction and consequently significant LCOE reduction (26%-37%) by adopting hybrid approach combining technological innovations and Data Management methods along the PV value chain. To achieve that, key actions are implemented at three main levels within the PV value chain: PV module innovation level, power electronics innovation level and system integration level.

Prototype SUPER PV systems will be produced in industrial environments and tested in different (including harsh) climate conditions to evaluate cost efficiency and demonstrate competitiveness of the proposed solutions. On the basis of test results, business cases for technologies under consideration will be performed, plans for production and market replication will be prepared. Project activities will be complemented by wide training and dissemination campaign ensuring highest visibility and social impact of the project activities.

Introducing superior quality PV systems will create conditions for accelerating large scale deployment in Europe and help EU PV business to regain leadership on world market.



Promoting sustainable use of underutilized lands for bioenergy production through a web-based Platform for Europe

Duration: 2018 – 2021 ● Client: European Commission (H2020) ● WIP Expertise: Coordination, Stakeholder mobilisation and Involvement ●

The overall objective of the project is to promote the market uptake of sustainable bioenergy in Europe using marginal, underutilized, and contaminated lands for non-food biomass production through the provision of a web-based platform that serves as decision support tool. In order to achieve the overall goal, the work has been structured for achieving the following specific objectives:

  • Creation of a database of maps on MUC lands in Europe generated based on high resolution data (Copernicus high resolution layers (HRLs), time series data from Sentinels and other satellites) and their attributes. All generated data will be included in GIS software with INSPIRE-compliant metadata files attached and transferred to a dedicated online platform.
  • Development of a public user-friendly tool (STEN: Sustainability Tool for Europe and Neighbouring countries) that will assess the environmental, social and techno-economic sustainability aspects of scenarios and value chains with respect to specific economic and non-economic conditions for bioenergy production on MUC land.
  • Development of a web-based platform that will include mainly, a webGIS tool which will be composed of the STEN tool and the GIS maps. The platform will be a core source of information and utility related to this topic for stakeholders as all the existing data will be downloadable for free.
  • Mobilisation and involvement of stakeholders through working groups and workshops to mobilise them and encourage them to start their own projects.
  • Communication with local and regional authorities through targeted presentations to help removing legal or political market uptake barriers.
  • Provision of technical support to stakeholders on all aspects related to final stage of implementation from biomass production and processing, market access and management up to access to finance and project bankability.


New Technology and Strategy for a Large and Sustainable Deployment of
Second Generation Biofuel in Rural Areas

Duration: 2016 – 2020 ● Client: European Commission (H2020) ● WIP Expertise: Research and Innovation, Communication and Dissemination, Exploitation ●

The main aim of BABET-REAL5 is to develop an alternative solution for the production of second generation ethanol based on smaller industrial scale than the already realised plants of first generation ethanol. Such plants of small industrial scale shall be applicable to a large number of countries, rural areas and feedstock.

The target is to reach technical, environmental and economical viabilities in production units processing at least 30 000 tons equivalent dry biomass per year. This approach will definitely enlarge the scope of biomass feedstock exploitable for the production of biofuel and create better conditions for the deployment of production sites, to the benefit of rural areas in Europe and worldwide.


  • Achieve favourable techno-economic and environmental performances for the production of second generation ethanol in small-scale industrial plants.
  • Identify feedstock with sustainable and reliable supply conditions for the evaluation and selection of business cases leading to demonstration/flagship plants after the project.
  • Preparation of all the necessary data for the selected business cases so that the new technology can be realistically evaluated and scaled-up at the end of the project to TRL 6-7 (Technical Readiness Level, a measuring scale describing the level of maturity of a topic, TRL 6 means: technology demonstrated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies); TRL 7: system prototype demonstration in operational environment).


09 - 13 September 2019

36th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

Location: Marseille Chanot Convention and Exhibition Centre, Marseille, France



28-29 May 2019


Annual conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics

Project: ETIP PV
Location: Brussels, Belgium


Best practices and implementation go innovative business models for renewable energy aggregators

Duration: 2016 – 2019 ● Client: European Commission (H2020) ● WIP Expertise: Research and Innovation ● http://bestres.eu

The European electricity market is in a process of reorganization, which is connected to major changes in the composition of the mix of generation and the electricity market design. In particular, the ever-growing share of electricity produced from renewable energy sources requires new considerations regarding the integration of green electricity in the existing structures and a new orientation of the current system as a whole.

The research project "Best practices and implementation of innovative business models for Renewable Energies aggregators" (BestRES) investigated this in nine European states in particular so-called role. Energy aggregators who want to perpetuate by combining green electricity or the demand for green power new innovative business models. The Umwelt Energy Law examined here, the legal obstacles can arise in this respect and how they inter alia could be eliminated by legislation at European level.


Bioenergy Villages (BioVill) – Increasing the Market Uptake of Sustainable Bioenergy

Duration: 2016 - 2019 ● Client: European Commission (H2020) ● WIP Expertise: Market uptake ● www.biovill.eu

The objective of the BioVill project is to transfer and adapt experiences gained in countries where bioenergy villages already exists (Germany and Austira) to countries with less examples in this sector (Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Romania). The project fosters the development of the bioenergy sector in selected target countries by strengthening the role of locally produced biomass as a main contributor for energy supply on local level, considering opportunities of market uptake or expansion for local farmers, wood producers or SMEs.

Core activitites of BioVill include the technological and econcomic assessment of the target villages, the involvement and active participation of stakeholders and citizens, the develpoment of local bioenergy value chains and technologies, as well as capacity building about financing schemes and busienss models. The outcome of BioVill is the initiation of five bioenergy villages in Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Macedonia and Romania up to the investment stage.

BioVill is a three years project supported by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme. The project started in March 2016 in collaboration with 9 partners from the target countries, as well as from Germany and Austria.


Building Integrated Photovoltaic Technologies and Systems for Large-Scale Market Deployment

Duration: 2016 – 2019 ● Client: European Commission (H2020) ● WIP Expertise: Market uptake, Communication and Dissemination ● www.pvsites.eu

Building-integrated Photovolatics (BIPV) is currently an expansive market, in which Europe has the leadership in terms of installations, followed by USA. One of the main drivers for BIPV market growth in the European Union is the increasingly demanding legislation related to buildings energy performance.

However, a continuous growth of the market requires compliance with strict requirements in terms of design flexibility, aesthetics, durability, cost reduction, grid integration, compliance with standards and operation & maintenance. Under the H2020 of the EU Framework for Research and Innovation Programme, a collaborative BIPV project known as PVSITES “Building-integrated photovoltaic technologies and systems for large-scale market deployment” involving a consortium of 15 European partners was launched recently. PVSITES project will demonstrate in several representative buildings throughout Europe an ambitious scope of photovoltaic technologies and systems, specially tailored to provide a robust solution to market demands in the near future. During the project lifetime, a detailed analysis of the BIPV market, the relevant stakeholders and their needs will be performed, and specific business models for the products and services implemented during the project will be developed. PVSITES will accomplish the development activities needed for the set up and monitoring in real buildings of a relevant number of photovoltaic solutions for building integration, based on the most innovative crystalline silicon (c-Si) and flexible thin film (CIGS) technologies. The project will also demonstrate novel grid connection technologies and energy management tools. In parallel, the development of a software tool for the coupled simulation of photovoltaic production and building energy performance will be addressed. Life–cycle assessment at product and installation level is another major objective of the project.

EUBCE 2019

27 - 30 May 2019

EUBCE 2019
27th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

Location: Lisbon Congress Center - CCL, Lisbon, Portugal

BIOFIT factsheets available now

The BIOFIT factsheets are now available. Find all BIOFIT factsheets for download in the Publications section.


28-29 May 2019


Annual conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics

Project: ETIP PV
Location: Brussels, Belgium

Industry Forum on retrofitting measures for biofuel plants, 11 September 2019, Leipzig

An event within the H2020 BIOFIT project

Besides erecting entirely new biofuel plants, retrofitting – i.e. replacing a part of a factory or installation with state-of-the-art equipment – can be a very good alternative to substitute fossil fuels or to upgrade renewable technology. Retrofitting often means lower capital expenditure (CAPEX), shorter lead times, faster implementation, less production time losses and lower risks. The BIOFIT project was set-up to foster retrofitting measures on the European market.

  • What are crucial challenges for plant operators and engineers?
  • What are the decisive framework conditions for conducting retrofitting measures?
  • What are the benefits from already implemented retrofits?

We want to discuss these questions with you in interactive sessions. You will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge, give feedback and hear

from experts about best practice examples and experiences with retrofitting.

The participants will get considerable space to present their industry/company, problems and challenges in order to contribute to the joint goal of retrofitting the industry with bioenergy integration. If you are interested in sharing your retrofitting experiences, you are kindly asked to get in contact with Arne Gröngröft ([email protected]) until May 10th, 2019.

When:                            September 11th, 2019

Where:                           Deutsches Biomasseforschungszentrum, Leipzig/Germany

More Information:   Information on registration and program will soon be available online at

                               www.biofit-h2020.eu andwww.dbfz.de

9.04-12.04.2019: Progress Meeting and site visit of the demo case in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The second Progress Meeting of the Upgrade DH project will take place on 9-11 April in Bosnia Herzegovina.

BIOFIT flyer in Bosnian, German and Swedish available

The BIOFIT flyer is now available translated in Bosnian, German and Swedish. Find all BIOFIT documents for download in the Publications section.

BIOFIT 2nd Project Meeting

12 - 14 March 2019
Jyväskylä, Finland

The 2nd BIOFIT Project Meeting takes place in Jyväskylä, Finland, from 12 - 14 March 2019.

10.10-12.10.2018: 1st Progress Meeting and site visit of the demo case in Lithuania

The first Progress Meeting of the Upgrade DH project took place on 10-12 October 2018 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Under the coordination of WIP, the consortium discussed about the first oucomes of the project and agreed on further steps.

35th EU PVSEC 2018

24 - 28 September 2018

35th EU PVSEC 2018
35th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Small Modular Renewable Heating and Cooling Grids - A Handbook

Published by: WIP Renewable Energies
ISBN: 978-3-936338-40-9
Translated versions of the handbook in Bosnian, Croatian, Macedonian, Serbian, and Slovenian are available under www.coolheating.eu