Waterwarmth

North Sea Region
NSR - Europe
2023-2026
System integration Aquathermal Energy
Aquathermal energy in Europe

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About half of the final energy consumption (Eurostat, 2020) in the EU is used for heating and cooling (H/C). It presents a great opportunity to reduce the EU’s energy requirements, carbon emissions, pollution, reliance on energy imports from non-EU countries, and to increase the usage efficiency of energetic and material resources. WaterWarmth has forged an ambitious, highly motivated, and skilled consortium that is willing to seize this opportunity and to make impact across the North Sea Region (NSR).

Aquathermal energy in Europe

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About half of the final energy consumption (Eurostat, 2020) in the EU is used for heating and cooling (H/C). It presents a great opportunity to reduce the EU’s energy requirements, carbon emissions, pollution, reliance on energy imports from non-EU countries, and to increase the usage efficiency of energetic and material resources. WaterWarmth has forged an ambitious, highly motivated, and skilled consortium that is willing to seize this opportunity and to make impact across the North Sea Region (NSR).

Illustration of the use of a closed aquathermal system at a castle by a lake
Inclusive energy transition based on aquathermal energy

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Surface waters act as a huge solar collector and store thermal energy in quantities that exceeds by far the energy requirements for H/C. However, the vast majority of people and energy communities (ECs) is unaware of this omni-present energy source. WaterWarmth develops and implements aquathermal energy (AE) concepts in which this source is used for efficient and zero-carbon H/C. As AE and other renewable energy sources (RES) are local in nature, they provide a great opportunity for ECs to take ownership of energy production and delivery. This stimulates local economic activities, keeps profits in the region, and enables a socially just and inclusive energy transition.

WaterWarmth works on facilitating ECs with developing and implementing cooperative AE systems. Such systems require installation of district H/C grid infrastructure. This and the availability of ‘low-cost’ fossil fuels are the main barriers for shedding fossil powered H/C. Other common challenges arise in the field of: citizen participation, integration of AE in the energy system, adapting buildings, legal and governance, business cases, and securing project (development) financing by ECs. Only by addressing all these aspects of the energy transition in one coherent project we can have impact and deliver inspiring examples to follow, raise awareness on the untapped AE potential, empower and facilitate ECs, and can accelerate the energy transition. It is needed, now more than ever.

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Surface waters act as a huge solar collector and store thermal energy in quantities that exceeds by far the energy requirements for H/C. However, the vast majority of people and energy communities (ECs) is unaware of this omni-present energy source. WaterWarmth develops and implements aquathermal energy (AE) concepts in which this source is used for efficient and zero-carbon H/C. As AE and other renewable energy sources (RES) are local in nature, they provide a great opportunity for ECs to take ownership of energy production and delivery. This stimulates local economic activities, keeps profits in the region, and enables a socially just and inclusive energy transition.

WaterWarmth works on facilitating ECs with developing and implementing cooperative AE systems. Such systems require installation of district H/C grid infrastructure. This and the availability of ‘low-cost’ fossil fuels are the main barriers for shedding fossil powered H/C. Other common challenges arise in the field of: citizen participation, integration of AE in the energy system, adapting buildings, legal and governance, business cases, and securing project (development) financing by ECs. Only by addressing all these aspects of the energy transition in one coherent project we can have impact and deliver inspiring examples to follow, raise awareness on the untapped AE potential, empower and facilitate ECs, and can accelerate the energy transition. It is needed, now more than ever.

Waterwarmth

This project is financially supported by

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Interreg NSR
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