The liberalisation of electricity markets in the EU has started a process in every member state aiming at a restructuring of electricity sector and redefinition of the whole legislative framework regulating the electricity sector.

These fundamental changes are currently transforming the need of market actors and the technological development considerably and have created completely different conditions for the use of existing and establishing of new district energy systems.

One of the consequences has been that the sector has experienced a period of stagnation and very few new installations have been realised. At the same time the European Commission has emphasised the great value and importance of the further development of CHP systems in the EU.

The most important reasons being the fulfilment of CO2-reduction in accordance with the agreements made at the Kyoto conference and the development of a more secure and independent European energy market.

The consortium behind the OPET CHP/DH project sees a great challenge in carrying out market oriented actions as part of the OPET cluster, that can help support the implementation of EU energy policies and contribute to overcome the existing market barriers.

Most of the proposed actions will in addition to the described activities comprise networking with other OPET clusters.



Extended use of CHP production and DH targeting energy efficiency, environmental protection and fuel flexibility are central EU objectives. The aim is a systematic effort for the further use and market uptake of the different CHP/DHC technologies in favour of EU policies. The OPET network will serve as facilitator. The cluster address a number of objectives, which are of key importance for the development of the CHP/DHC sector:

Description of Work

The cluster is designed to approach promising technologies and solutions within the field of CHP/DHC with focus on market uptake. However the methodology and methods used will to a large extent be based on the same principles and ideas throughout the project.

Hence the core of all activities is to use the unique and market oriented approach of the OPET network to develop joint solutions and tools addressing the non-technical barriers for the further use and economic sustainability of CHP/DHC systems at European energy markets.

Dissemination of results and knowledge will be facilitated through the OPET network and other EU networks as well as key branch organisations.

On this background the proposal entails the following eight work packages:

WP1. Improving CHP/DHC sectors in most CEEC - concerns a dedicated effort on improving the economic and environmental performance of the CHP/DHC sectors
WP2. Small, mini and micro scale CHP - disseminating state-of-art knowledge challenges and addressing market barriers
WP3. Biomass for CHP/district heating - promoting further use through developing of tools and training
WP4. Informative measures on EU CHP directive and general dissemination of CHP/DH
WP5. Training, benchmarking and promotion of energy efficiency in industry through developing training packages
WP6. Dissemination of EU clean, efficient and renewable energy technologies in China
WP7. Increasingly promotion and market penetration of EU energy-efficient measures in China
WP8 Management - comprise cluster co-ordination in close co-ordination with other OPET clusters and EU projects

All the above as written in the official OPET CHP/DH web-site

In the framework of this project, CE.R.T.H./I.S.F.T.A. participated in the following work-packages:


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