In the period 21-23 February 2017 CoolHeating project activities were successfully implemented in EPBIH and Municipality Visoko. CoolHeating project is implemented in the framework of EU programs HORIZON 2020.
The aim is to support the implementation of small modular heating and cooling systems based on renewable energy sources in the communities of South East Europe. Implementation of the project CoolHeating began in January 2016, and the planned duration is three years. Elektroprivreda BiH is the first institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina participating as a project partner in the Horizon 2020 Program of research and innovation of the European Union.
On 21 February 2017 the 2nd Progress Meeting of CoolHeating project partners was held at the premises of EPBIH. Representatives from partner companies within project CoolHeating: WIP (Germany), GET (Austria), Planenergi (Denmark), Elektroprivreda BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina), UNIZG (Croatia), UniBg (Serbia), Group (Slovenia), SDEWES Skopje (Macedonia), municipality of Ljutomer (Slovenia), Municipality of Sabac (Serbia) and the municipalities of Visoko (BiH). It was concluded that all the activities on the project tasks are implemented according to the planned schedule. All so far implemented parts of the project were approved by the coordinator from the European Commission, the project was assessed as successful.
On 22 February 2017 visit to the Municipality of Visoko was organized, whereby some of the potential options for the implementation of modular district heating system based on renewable energy sources were considered. There was also a visit to two sites in the municipality of Visoko where heating systems as examples of good practice (with a heat pump) are already implemented. The main objective is to recognize the potential and possibilities for the implementation of environmentally and economically acceptable options for heating solutions of objects which currently have ineffective or economically and environmentally unacceptable furnaces. The TPP Kakanj was visited, as a potential source of supply heat of the urban part of Visoko by high-efficiency cogeneration.
In PTZ Elektroprivreda BiH on 23 February 2017 technical workshop under the project CoolHeating was held. A technical workshop was attended by Mr. Admir Softic, Assistant Minister for Energy in front of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as representatives of the Environmental Protection Fund. Active participants in the technical workshop were representatives of international organizations operating in Bosnia and Herzegovina: USAID, UNDP and GIZ, as well as representatives of the Association of thermoenergetics in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Presented are the experiences and activities carried out in these institutions in terms of integration of district heating system mainly based on biomass. A technical workshop was attended by owners and operators of plants in Denmark and Germany, which are recognized as examples of good practice in CoolHeating project, and shared their experiences and future plans on the further development and expansion of the existing system. The focus of the workshop was to exchange experiences and link stakeholders in this field, as well as to present industrial partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina who are engaged in the design and construction of such systems.
Within the planned future activities of the project CoolHeating, the EP BiH will organize another targeted technical workshop and two Business model workshops that will focus on business models and improved models of financing RES based DH projects.
Impression of CoolHeating project Coordinator, Mr. Dominik Rutz:
We would like to thank you all for your contributions to the meeting, site visit and training course, which was a full success!
Especially thanks to our colleagues from EPBIH and VISOKO for the exceptional hospitality and the excellent organisation. The full week was a real pleasure.