Up to 80% of total energy consumption in the EU is attributed to urban areas, mostly with historical urban centres. At the same time, low carbon energy supplies in the style of energy storages, especially in historical urban centres, is a rarity in central Europe. This is mainly because of strict architectural protection constraints, higher implementation costs and often also conflicts with town planning policies.
The STORE4HUC project aims to improve territorially based low-carbon energy planning strategies. It will enrich policies that support climate change mitigation in historical city centres by focusing on improved urban and spatial planning for integrating energy storage systems to enhance the public institutional and utility capabilities.
The partners will develop policy recommendations and identify suitable integrated technological solutions to overcome low carbon development barriers in historic centres. They will also facilitate the development of open energy and load management systems for energy efficiency and use of renewables. With its concepts and pilot systems, STORE4HUC will provide smart city test beds, where technicalities will be reconciled with historical and architectural values.
We conducted qualitative interviews with a group of experts are about the lessons learned during the planning phase of the pilots. These are based on inquiries designed in close cooperation with the partners of the four Store4HUC pilots including particular background information for the interviewees. What we learned is now summarised in a full report: Read the full article by clicking here!
This easy-to-use online tool now supports everyone who considers installing electrical storage solutions in combination with renewable energy sources.
With only a few numbers and clicks, you can get an evaluation of the technical, economic and ecological effects of a chosen combination
The newly developed EMS Tool is an advanced calculator to maximize the contribution and minimizing the costs of an installation.
It is targeted especially for energy agency and other professional usage.
Happy New Years everyone!
Together with new year greetings we would like to present you the Autarky Rate tool. It is now finalized and ready for every house owner or possible stakeholder to use and we invite everyone to do so.
This online tool can evaluate the technical, economical and ecological effects of the chosen renewable energy storage system configuration.
As the second year of the Store4HUC project comes to an end we wish every project partner and interested participant happy holidays.
We hope you all made it through this quite unusual year without too many difficulties and wish you the best for the upcoming one.
If you have time on your hands during the following days consider watching our video explaining the Autarky Rate Tool here.
You can watch the video about the implementation of the expansion of the biomass heating plant at Weizberg now with english subtitles.
The construction phase began in February 2020 and was completed with the installation of the water buffer storage tank at the end of June 2020. All challenges arising from the implementation were excellently mastered by the measures taken.
Highlights from the Third Newsletter:
On 17.11.2020 between 9.00 and 10.30am an online event took place hosted by the Store4HUC partner Climate Alliance (PP10) and entitled with “Zukunftsforum Energie & Klima, F7: Energiespeicherung in historischen urbanen Gebäuden”, presented in German language.
Responses on the following queries have been given by the presenters: "What potential do energy storage systems in buildings or urban districts to offer?
Wir laden Sie gerne ein zur Teilnahme an der Online-Veranstaltung "Energiespeicherung in historischen urbanen Gebäuden". Das Seminar ist kostenlos (Anmeldung erfordelich) und findet als Forum 7 am 17. November 2020 von 09:00 Uhr bis 10:30 Uhr im Rahmen des Zukunftsforum Energie und Klima statt (online).
Über die Zukunftsforum Energie und Klima.
Because of the matured technologies, ease of use and installation, and relatively low prices, photovoltaic and battery energy storage systems are a great choice for a renewable energy source and an energy storage solution.
To help the design process of those systems for a new consumer, a procedure is proposed.
Read more about the topic and download the poster presentation here.
Constraints and potentials of energy storage and energy managements systems in historic urban setting are essential to develop historic cities towards a carbon neutral future.
We assessed technical contrains across various countries to support the replication of STORE4HUC pilots in other countries.
16. 09. 2020
Climate Alliance Digital Days -
Energy Storage in Historical Urban Buildings Online Workshop
7 October, 15:00 to 16:30 CET - via Zoom
Our workshop will explore the potential of energy storage systems in buildings or neighbourhoods and energy efficiency measures to be implemented in listed buildings of historical value. The Workshop will be available online via Zoom in German with simultaneous English translation. Read the details here
02. 09. 2020
Lendava Library, listed as cultural heritage, was built in 1906 in neo-baroque style as the villa of the notary Oskar Laubhaimer.
The main aim of the pilot project is to upgrade the energetic characteristics of this historical building by replacing the existing Oil-Fired Boiler with a renewable energy source.
Read the details here.
Die Ausbauphase am Weizberg ist fast abgeschlossen und einer erfolgreichen Inbetriebnahme des erweiterten Biomasseheizwerks steht nichts mehr im Wege.
Die Bauphase begann im Februar 2020 und wurde mit dem Einbau des Wasserpufferspeichertanks Ende Juni 2020 abgeschlossen. Alle Herausforderungen, die sich aus der Umsetzung der Erweiterung ergaben, wurden durch die getroffenen Maßnahmen hervorragend gemeistert:
A Case Study of Biomass Energy Storage Expansion in Weiz, Austria
Green energy investment can be difficult to plan in a historic building, more so in case of public buildings. In this case study we give your some tips on preparing such an investment.
Read the Case Study here.
The Investment Specification for the integration of an energy storage in HUC for Bracak (Croatia) is out. Find out which possible solution we developed to install properly sized photovoltaic system and battery storage in a tradicional castle and how we will manage it through an advanced central management system of the building.
Download the Investment Specification report entitled "D.T2.1.3 Investment-Specification-Bracak-(HR)" here.
The Second Store4HUC Newsletter is now available online. The newsletter summarizes the latest project achievements around the Store4HUC feasibility studies and contains a preview on the Autarky Rate Tool under development. Links to Events such as the EU Sustainability Week and more give you the opportunity to connect to fellow professionals in these difficult times.
Have a look: 2nd Newsletter
The premiere of our Autarky Rate Tool is almost here! This online tool is soon available to evaluate the technical, economical and ecological effects of the chosen renewable energy storage system configuration.
16. 04. 2020
The Austrian Team of STORE4HUC was invited for poster and oral presentations on two international conferences in 2019 and early 2020. The team exhibited a Poster at The 3rd Conference on Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions – SSPCR 2019 in Bolzano and held a presentation at “Greening the Strategies” of the 6th Central European Biomass Conference (CEBC) in January 2020. Both events focused on solutions and strategies to serve as an realistic exit from fossil fuels. Read more about the events and the contributions here.
The Feasibility Study for the energetic optimization of an already existing slope elevator is now available for the pilot site Cuneo in Italy.
The slope elevator has an average race count of 160.000 races per year transporting more than 700.000 people.The Study shows that its impact will be an important element to be considered in the decision-making processes on interventions of energy efficiency through storage systems that will contribute the increase of energy production from renewable sources.
In the course of the project Store4HUC, a feasibility study will be carried out for every pilot region (IT, AT, CRO, SI).
The feasibility study of the Heat Storage in Weiz, Austria, is out. Find out which possible solution they developed to integrate a water buffer tank in the existing heating structure of the historical church in Weiz.
Download the feasibility report entitled "D.T1.2.3 Feasibility-study-Weiz-(AT)" here.
Thermic energy can be stored in various ways. Latent heat storage is not only an environmentally conscious but also a very energy efficient solution.
The pilot of Lendava by our project STORE4HUC will introduce a paraffin-based latent heat storage in the local library building.
How do latent thermal storages work? What is the paraffin-based solution and what are the challenges at historic sites?
The first scientific publication by Store4Huc is published.
The article introduces a robust controller design for power converters that interface energy storages and renewable energy sources to the primary grid, especially applicable in conditions of a weak grid with significant voltage distortions that are often found in historical urban areas due to usually low capacity of the electricity distribution infrastructure in them.
The feasibility study of the Energy Storage in Bracak is out. Do you want to know what solution exists to install a photovoltaic system with energy storage in a traditional castle? Or are you more interested in how they plan to solve the restriction of visual appearance on historical buildings?
Download the feasibility report entitled "D.T1.2.2 Feasibility-study-Bracak-(HR)" here.
Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, Italy and Germany organised the project's first round of deployment desk activities with stakeholders of the pilot sites. These meetings/survey involve the local and regional communities and organisations as well as communities in the respective piloting sites and support the implementation of energy efficient update of local energy storage management in historic urban city centres. Download the report entitled "D.T1.1.2 First deployment desk transnational documentation" here.
The concept for software tools for energy management in historical urban centres, tailored for the pilot sites of the project has been published. You can download the concept entitled “D.T3.1.1 HUC EMS tool – concept” - Concept of the adapted existing tools for energy management with energy storages in historical urban centres” in the “Publications” section.
The first Newsletter of our Project is out now!
Subscribe to our newslist to receive all future newsletters and stay up-to-date in green energy solutions for a sustainable urban future. We highlight news with special relevance on innovative energy solutions in historic city centers and green energy solutions for a climate-friendly urban life.
Read the Newsletter by clicking here.
Il progetto, a cui partecipano enti e istituzioni di 5 Paesi europei, si pone come obiettivo principale lo sviluppo di sistemi di approvvigionamento energetico sostenibili nei centri storici cittadini, capaci di abbattere le emissioni grazie all’utilizzo di sistemi di produzione di energie rinnovabili collegati a sistemi di stoccaggio energetico.
Public Library in Lendava
The pilot of a paraffin-based latent storage attached to a geothermal heating system is a highly innovative investment in Slovenia. Lendava’s library, a neo-baroque villa (1906) will be connected to the district heating network and a paraffin cell buffer-based energy storage system will be implemented.
In a fascinating new project, the citizens of Heidelberg receive a new sustainable energy storage tower with award-winning look. This energy storage tower will be completed in 2020 and is more than a sustainable energy storage cylinder: a knowledge center, tourist attraction and hopefully a city icon.
21. 10. 2019
We do solve the problem of equipping cultural heritage listed buildings with green energy! Here's how we plan to invest in installing a properly sized photovoltaic system and battery storage in a protected cultural and heritage monument in Croatia.
15. 10. 2019
Old and modern in symbiosis? Why not! It is a practice that has been nurtured in Western European countries for years, now Croatia catches up with its numerous prestigious cultural sites. With the goal of extending the life of these buildings and enhancing the sustainability of cultural objects, our Croatian partners held the project launch event in Bračak Energy Center on 16th of September.
Obnovljivi izvori energije i objekti pod kulturnom zaštitom?! Naravno, zašto ne?! Još jedan novi #EU projekt #Store4HUC koji za cilj ima i postavljanje fotonaponskog sustava na Energetski centar Bračak, baterije za skladištenje energije te unapređenja postojećeg sustava upravljanja zgradom. #regea #energytransition
Glavni cilj projekta Store4HUC je unaprijediti i obogatiti strategije energetskog i prostornog planiranja koje su usmjerene na povijesne gradske jezgre usredotočujući se na integraciju sustava za pohranu energije u njih. U projektu ukupne vrijednosti 1.726.608,70 eura FER će razviti programske alate za planiranje optimalnog rada sustava pohrane energije u okruženju povijesnih gradskih jezgri pri čemu se poštuju specifična ograničenja takvih zaštićenih sredina.
Das neue europäische Projekt Store4HUC entwickelt Lösungen für erneuerbare Energien und ihre Speicherung in denkmalgeschützten Gebäuden.
„Denkmalgeschützte Häuser mit erneuerbaren Energien zu versorgen und diese zu speichern ist oft schwierig: Sichtbare Veränderungen am Gebäude sind nicht möglich und Einbauten oft schwierig. Dafür sind fantasievolle Lösungen gefragt“, so Dr. Wolfgang Hofstetter vom Klima-Bündnis.
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“It is not always easy to supply listed buildings with renewable energy and to store that energy: visible changes to the building are not possible and the subsequent installation inside the buildings is often difficult. This calls for imaginative solutions,” explains Dr. Wolfgang Hofstetter of Climate Alliance.
Measuring the degree of self-sufficiency with just a few clicks and evaluating the technical, economic and ecological effects of the chosen system configuration – this is now provided by the so-called Autarky Rate Tool. The tool is suitable for all those who are interested in installing electric storage systems in combination with renewable energy sources. The aim is to motivate users to take a closer look at the topic and subsequently contribute to an increased and intelligent use of electric storage solutions. Another important aspect of the tool is the checklist, which summarises the results in a pdf document. This document also contains an analysis of the calculation results as well as specific information on the use of storage in historic old towns.
You can test and use the Autarky Rate Tool by clicking here. It is available in English and German.
To be announced
The Work Package Management consists in the whole project life cycle. It's composed by 4 different activities and it will produce the usual deliverables required by EU funded projects. WPM is under the responsibility of the Lead Partner (LP) project coordinator that will supervise 1 Project Manager, 1 Financial Manager and 1 Communication manager.
WPT1 aims to establish the deployment desks (a group of stakeholders) in each region enabling to engage various stakeholders (local decision-makers, representatives of municipalities, infrastructure providers, sectoral agencies, independent energy experts, etc.) in the process of energy storage piloting and planning.
WPT2 is dedicated to pilot action implementation and mutual learning activities. Firstly, the urban key performance indicator will be established, followed by Investment specification for each pilot sites will be performed. The latter enables to specify the
technical specification, define installation pilot process and conceptualizing the pilot.
In WPT3 the objective is to present the impact of integration of energy storage systems in historical urban centres. Based on the technical & legal framework of integrating efficient energy storage systems in HUC, affordable solutions will be used to demonstrate the matured combination of renewable energy sources & energy storages.
The recently renovated Bračak Manor is already equipped with various energy saving tools. The already existing systems will be combined with the new ones through an advanced energy management ICT system that can be built on top of the already existing central monitoring system as a coordination service that optimally exploits different available assets.
In 2009 the city of Cuneo has realized a Public Sloping Elevator. In 2017 the sloping elevator has carried out more than 150.000 rides, with an increase in use of 5% compared to th previous year. The mobility connection service of the sloping elevator could be improved thanks to an energy efficienc refurbishment. The pilot project aims to realize a new energy storage system linked to a PV plant, replacing some inefficient plant components.
The infrastructure provider Lendava Petrol Geoterm built a heating system with geothermal
energy. The library building of Lendava is a neo-baroque villa from 1906 and is still heated by fossil fuel. The Library produces 16,8 tons of CO2 related to space heating annually. The connection to the existing geothermal network woul reduce this amount to zero.
The main objective of the WPC is dissemination of the project results to a wider audience and to engage additional stakeholders that are keen on the project topic. The digital activities, considered to be the modern tool for connecting to the target group, will play a crucial role. Specific events will be organized, e.g. tool trainings, webinars and kick-off events in every HUC. The project results will be also promoted through presence at relevant thematic cross-fertilization events.
As the STORE4HUC proceeds, you will find valuable resources in the section in various format.