CHeap and Efficient APplication of reliable Ground Source Heat exchangers and PumpS (Cheap-GSHPs)

Cheap-GSHPs project

CHEAP project is funded by Horizon 2020, call LCE-03-2014, under the technology-specific challenges about renewable electricity and heating/cooling technologies. The European Union (EU) considers shallow geothermal energy systems ideally suited to meet its ambitious energy saving targets and contributing to climate change mitigation policies. Enhanced research with demonstrative application may further improve the efficiency of shallow geothermal systems and reduce the installation costs enhancing their use and diffusion.

The CHEAP-GSHPs project, which is coordinated by the Italian Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC) will lead to significant improvements in the costs and the safety of shallow geothermal installations along with the development of a decision-support system and other tools. Similar solutions aim to lower CO2 emissions and reduce dependence on intrusive HVAC systems.

As a contributor, UNESCO will focus on demonstrating the compatibility of such innovative systems with the preservation of the architectural integrity of selected real and virtual cases in cultural buildings. UNESCO will, in particular, carry out the preliminary investigations for the selection of 1 real test case and 2 virtual cases/demonstrators from South-East Europe (SEE), public historical and/or cultural buildings - more specifically museums. The cases will highlight how the innovative shallow geothermal heat exchangers applications may successfully overpass the conservational constraints and barriers of geothermal power application in cultural sites, through a robust consultation put in place with the relevant management and heritage authorities. New pipes and an innovative heat pump to be developed during the project will be supplied, delivered and tele-monitored on site by the project consortium in cooperation with the national stakeholders. UNESCO will conduct a region-wide consultation with relevant authorities (Ministries of culture; National Commissions for UNESCO; etc.) of the concerned Member States from SEE, in cooperation with technical partners within the project’s consortium, in order to select the most suitable case.

The same procedure will be followed to select a maximum of 2 virtual cases/demonstrators. In particular, museums within the region, which have the requested energy requirements and are subject to renovation or retrofitting work (either foreseen or ongoing) will be regarded as among the most suitable candidates, with the opportunity to combine such planned with the required project’s arrangements.

UNESCO will also play a key role in the conceptualization of a Training, Education and Dissemination Plan which will detail the actions/events/documents for each target group and for each partner country in the project. Within the Plan, dedicated trainings both for specialists and non-specialists will be envisioned at national level. In particular, UNESCO will be responsible for the organization of a training focused on Historical Buildings, in cooperation with CNR-ISAC (Italy). UNESCO will also help develop a training manual devoted to the application of Cheap-GSHPs to Historical Buildings (CNR-ISAC & UNESCO). Finally, UNESCO will organize a Final Conference to summarize the overall achievements of the project and present a Case-Studies Guidebook.

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