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The Celsius Roadmap Gives Europe Smart Heating and Cooling Solutions

CELSIUS City is the imaginary city of our sustainable future, demonstrating a fully integrated approach to city energy flows - both energy generation and consumption. The city has extensive, intelligent, energy efficient and competitive heating and cooling systems at the very center of its energy infrastructure.

Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, one of 21 EU partners, brought its diverse, international expertise in the areas of behavior acceptance and visualization to the project. We employed a user-centered design approach to acquire a deep understanding of the requirements for gaining an appropriate level of acceptance of new technologies and their deployment. The examination focused on attitudes, motivations, political realities, and legislative and governance frameworks, at a local, regional, national and EU level.

Interactive Institutes contribution to the project was to study the role of end users in the district heating network. We looked at various types of end users, from residents to building owners and housing corporations, in order to understand existing practices and to explore more efficient use of hot water and heating in apartment buildings.

“The collaboration with Interactive Institute Swedish ICT is crucial for us, since we don’t have direct contact with energy customers who don’t have energy service agreements with us,” said Patrik Arsvell from Göteborgs Energi. "They have provided us with insights into the benefits of developing new approaches to reach these customers, as well as strategies for reaching them.”

12 new technically and economically innovative demonstrators are being built, and another 20+ in operation will be used to demonstrate the complete CELSIUS concept (Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems). The information and experience provided by these demonstrators will be turned into a Celsius Roadmap in order to enable large-scale deployment of tailored, low-carbon, resource-efficient and economically-viable smart heating and cooling solutions throughout Europe. The CELSIUS Roadmap also aims to support the development of legislation, regulation and policy-making to accompany deployment of large-scale urban heating and cooling systems.

CELSIUS has a clear strategy and a pro-active approach to deployment, with a projected result of 50 new cities committing to the CELSIUS roadmap by the end of 2016 and another 100 cities by the end of 2026, decreasing primary energy use by at least 600TWh annually and reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 20 m tonnes p.a.

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