Heating technologies used in THERMOSS demo sites will have a significant impact on the residential market

During the THERMOSS month 30 project meeting at Riga Technical University, project partners were able to view one of the 5 THERMOSS demosites. The challenge is to retrofit 4 family-owned detached houses in Latvia “with innovative, more efficient heating technologies and applying an optimised control strategy for the new equipment to reduce the overall energy consumption and the carbon footprint.” (www.thermoss.eu)

The study is highly significant for the project because this facilitates THERMOSS technology market uptakes in Eastern European countries. Latvia in particular, seems to have very low installed capacity in heat pumps. This seems to be a great area to develop the THERMOSS project. Installing ground breaking technologies in residential houses with live in landlord will have an impact on next potential buyers.

“In the 4 houses, different technologies will be installed, such as micro fuel cells, gas absorption heat pump and hybrid heat pumps. The micro fuel cell uses gas to generate electricity for daily usage without any extra costs, while the gas absorption heat pump produces heat by extracting it from the air. The hybrid heat pump has intelligence to define the most convenient source (gas or electricity) according to air temperature and energy prices” (THERMOSS News)

Residential house THERMOSS demo site in Latvia
residential house THERMOSS demosite IN Latvia


THERMOSS partners are organising a workshop that will be held at Sustainable places 2019, with other H2020 Projects focused on more efficient heating and cooling solutions. We will showcase project’s results, explore the biggest challenges of the projects, discuss about how the digitalization can benefit the up-scaling of our solutions, increasing social acceptance and reducing costs.

Food Waste solutions for a circular economy

Food waste is causing serious environmental problems. When we waste food, we are also wasting all the important resources used to grow it (water, fertilisers and the land we use for crops) and all the carbon pollution emitted through transportation and food-processing. Furthermore, rotten food in landfills is a significant source of methane  – a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. It really is something to focus on and needs an immediate solution.

The agriculture and food production has become more intensive. In Europe alone, around 90 million tonnes of food waste and 700 million tonnes of agricultural waste are generated every year. For this reason, finding solutions is crucial.

By 2050, the world population could grow by one-third so agricultural and food production will need to be even more efficient to meet the high demand.

Exergy and initiatives for a circular economy

Many companies are participating in innovative projects and solutions to make the transition from a linear economy to a circular one. Agrimax is one of them. As part of this project, Exergy is designing the Spanish and Italian pilot plants which are processing multiple feedstocks to produce high-valued bio-products such as food additives & ingredients, materials for agriculture, bio-fertilisers, bio-packaging, bio-chemicals for additives (including fibres) and biogas. Agrimax aims to maximise the EU’s sustainability.

Agrocycle is another circular economy project we are participating in. This initiative is addressing waste in the agri-food sector, with the objective to reduce waste by 50% by 2030. It is evaluating new and existing technologies to add value to agricultural waste and convert it into bio-products using Life Cycle Assessments and Life Cycle Costing.

The National FoodWaste Conference

Exergy will attend The National FoodWaste Conference that will be held on 27 March at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London. The event is sponsored by Biogen, Company Shop, CPL Industries, Hillend Engineering and Seven Trent – all leaders in the food waste and recycling sector.

During the conference, the speakers will discuss current opportunities and challenges in the food waste sector. Events like this are necessary to change the attitude towards food waste, spark conversation between citizens, the food and drink industry and local authorities, and encourage actions that tackle the problem effectively.

Contributing to a sustainable future starts by knowing how to reduce the carbon footprint and the environmental impacts derived from food waste. It is vital to make better decisions and consume responsibly. We owe it to the Earth.

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