Sustainable Places 2019: THERMOSS, Optimising with heat pumps and solar energy

The 7th edition of Sustainable Places (SP2019) will be held during the 5th-7th of June in Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy). Organized by R2M Solution, CEA, Comune di Cagliari, and University of Cagliari, Sustainable Places has become an excellent platform that helps to disseminate the research of European Projects, promotes the collaboration, networking and the creation of market opportunities between stakeholders of all types. SP2019 contributes significantly to European Commission Societal Challenges, bringing together topics related to building sustainability, smart cities and circularity.

This year, our company will be attending and talking about the THERMOSS Project in two workshops:

The first workshop, “District and Building Energy Systems: A collaborative exchange of results on optimal system operation for energy efficiency”, will be held on June 5th and it will be organised by INDIGO. Our Project Coordinator, Federica Fuligni, will be presenting “Optimising with heat pumps: from centralised systems to district heating networks”, where she will explain the overall concept of THERMOSS, what has been done in terms of “optimisation” and what we aim to achieve at the end of the project.

The second workshop, “Solar and Thermal energy: Europe’s precious energy sources for efficient industries and buildings” is scheduled for the 6th of June. In it, Exergy together with some project partners (Schneider Electric and STAM) will introduce the THERMOSS project and will attempt to reply to some important questions like technological challenges encountered, promotion of the technologies, the role of digitalisation, social acceptance and other non-technical barriers, among which cost-reduction.

“…the scope of Sustainable Places is captured directly in the name. It involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way”.


Climate emergency: towards a low carbon economy

Thousands of young students all over the world were striking last Friday against climate change. People who are not even allowed to vote yet, but definitely have a say about their own future, raised their voices out of the classes to teach an important lesson: we need to act now to minimise the devastating effects of the Global Warming.

The students protested to raise awareness and spark action from individuals, politicians and governments. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl who started the first movement of climate strikes, is making an emergency call for cutting down emissions by ceasing the use of fossil fuels and increasing investment into renewables.

Renewable Energy and the Circular Economy

According to Bio Market Insights, €56 billion in subsidies from EU member states were made in 2016 to fossil fuels. In this context, Roberto Ferrigno, EU Policy Advisor at Italian bio-plastics company Novamont said in the ‘Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference’ in Brussels that goverments should encourage the transition to circular economies and start helping the bio-based industry to make bio-based material more affordable than fossil-fuel based materials. 

To ensure the future of the next generations, we have climate change at the heart of our business strategies. For example, as part of the Agrimax project, Exergy is working in the design and set up of two biorefineries in Italy and Spain for the production of high-value bio-compounds with application in packaging, ingredients for the food industry and manufacturing of agricultural materials. We at Exergy strongly believe in working to create awareness about how energy efficiency and increased profitability are linked in the long-term. It will soon be a trend that companies will get benefits from emissions reductions. We all know that there are challenges we must overcome but the significant value to be gained from moving towards business models that are more sustainable is something to consider – it is a win-win, for companies and the environment.

Interesting Links:
How to build a low carbon strategy

Renewable energy systems and low carbon solutions