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Deadline 1 April 2022
Apply now for the SHC Solar Award 2022

The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA SHC) calls for nominations for the SHC Solar Award 2022. Awards will be given to Solar Heating or Cooling projects working to reduce energy consumption and costs in social housing.

Students building their houses.
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Finals in Wuppertal
Programme published: Solar Decathlon Europe 21/22

On the Solar Campus in Wuppertal 18 building models and concepts will soon become reality. As fully functional houses, they will form the centrepiece of the finals of the BMWi-funded European university competition for urban building in June 2022. More Details and the programme are now available.

Researchers in the Efficient Pit project are aiming to make pit thermal energy storage systems more efficient, such as the one here in Gram, Denmark.
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Tests in the storage lab
Making Pit Thermal Energy Storage More Efficient

How can we store surplus thermal energy in the summer and then use it in the winter? A team of researchers from Hamburg, Rechlin, and Stuttgart is investigating pit thermal energy storage systems in the recently launched Efficient Pit project.

The Living Labs Europe Competition aims to make neighbourhoods more sustainable.
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Experiencing innovations in energy
PtJ Creates District-Level European Energy Competition on Behalf of BMWi

Establishing net zero cities, collectively improving climate protection in Europe, and increasing building renovation rates – these are the aims of an EU-wide district competition that is soon to be launched.


Making the “Neue Weststadt” project possible: Lord Mayor of Esslingen Dr. Jürgen Zieger (left) and project leader Professor Manfred Fisch from the Steinbeis Innovation Center energieplus.
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Climate-neutral district
Net-zero energy district
Electrolysis Is More Efficient in Esslingen

The electrolysis system recently installed as part of the “Neue Weststadt” lighthouse project is expected to be 25 % more efficient than conventional systems. Such projects demand both technical expertise and a great deal of commitment from their partners.

A couple looks at their tablet while renovating a flat.
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EU refurbishment strategy
A Renovation Wave for Europe and Germany

Through its “Renovation Wave” strategy, the European Commission is aiming to double the rate of energy-efficient renovations in the next ten years, while also improving quality of living and creating new jobs.

Hands with pens and diagrams
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Statistical records of buildings in Germany
Database Closes Knowledge Gap about Non-Residential Buildings

From a simple warehouse to a highly automated industrial facility: many kinds of building fall under the definition of “non-residential building”. But how many of these buildings are there? And what condition are they in? How high is their energy consumption? A new database is now providing answers.

An operating theatre that can be ventilated via the ventilation system or the windows.
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Coronavirus pandemic
Fighting Viruses with Air and Rays

Whether it be with fresh air or cleaning devices, research in the field of buildings and districts is currently developing numerous solutions to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. In one project, scientists have even built a multifunctional operating theatre.

 Energy systems in the home function in a more climate-friendly and economical way if they are intelligently controlled. A box that scientists at TU Dresden are currently developing can contribute to this.
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Efficiency in buildings
Saving Energy with Intelligent Plug-and-Play Box

Consuming energy in the same place as it is produced has many advantages. To ensure such energy is used as efficiently as possible, researchers at TU Dresden are currently developing a box that can be easily installed in buildings and determine the energy flows there.

Man regulates heat conduction
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heating grids
Artificial intelligence to improve load forecasts

How can plant operators integrate as much renewable energy into their district heating as possible while also saving on costs? This is the subject of research by scientists in the recently launched DeepDHC project. To achieve this, they are pinning their hopes on methods based on AI.

Ceremonial handover of the grant for IW³

Starting signal for the living lab for the energy transition
Hamburg: New living lab IW³ provides climate-friendly heat

Another living lab for the energy transition is being launched in Hamburg to study an integrated household heating transition in Wilhelmsburg. State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Andreas Feicht handed over the grant notification to the consortium partners

The Solar Decathlon Europe 21 is an international decathlon for urban building and living that will take place in Wuppertal.
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Building Energy Competition
Solar Decathlon Europe teams present their ideas

The European university competition for sustainable building and living in the city is entering the next round. On Thursday, the teams will present their projects in short pitches. Interested parties can follow the event live online.