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The Conference starts with six workshops and will continue after a plenary opening session with high level speakers with three days of presentations. Keynote presentations will open each morning and afternoon session.

The workshops at the first day of the conference will be in a format where discussions with the experts on the challenge ‘Rethink Energy, Act NOW!’, this to give answer to on such questions as: what can we do and how to organise at international level. There will workshops focusing on themes:

  • NZEB for renovation residential applications
  • Smart grids, community energy supply systems and district heating
  • Industrial Heat Pumps and Waste Heat
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ground Sources and ATES
  • Combining Heat Pumps with Solar Energy
  • EBC Annex 63/64

The results and recommendations of these workshops will be presented to the participants of the conference.

Conference program
The very successful call for papers have generated 250 high quality papers. The Conference therewith will have four main conference tracks.

  • Domestic applications, ranging from Nearly Zero Energy Buildings to Multi Family Buildings and Domestic Hot Water
  • Smart Communities with, Hybrid Heat Pumps, Smart Grids, District Heating, storage and ground sources.
  • Industrial Heat Pumps and Waste Heat
  • Sorption Technologies, Working Fluids and Non Traditional Heat Pump Systems.

Each of the sessions under the four conference tracks reflects the work undertaken in past, running and future Annexes under the IEA Technical Collaboration Program on Heat Pumping Technologies. Within those main tracks there will be attention for such topics as Air Conditioning, Supermarkets, Heat Pumps in Cold Climates and Combination with other renewable technologies.

In the program the track on Smart Grids, District Heating will focus on the important link between smart grids, hybrid solutions, storage and district heating as part of an integrated community energy supply system for residential as well as commercial and industrial areas. Ranging from presentations on business models for contracting the flexibility of residential heat pumps to a virtual energy storage network providing flexibility for the power system. But also presentations on the testing of smart heat pump controllers and hybrid heat pumps providing demand flexibility with hybrid heat pumps in combination with district heating. As for Smart Grids storage will be the game changer there are presentations on storage systems and ground sources.

As NZEB’s are mandatory in 2020 according to European legislation for new buildings the track on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings is showing more and more practical solutions, with domestic hot water becoming the key factor in the overall energy demand and renovation as the main challenge. The presentations will next to R&D also show project examples. a presentation on experiences with a Zero Energy district in Netherlands showing their first results at the conference.

Fairly unique at this conference are the tracks on Industrial Heat Pumps/Waste Heat and Sorption and Gas Technologies. For each of these tracks over 45 abstracts were submitted. The interest from industry in heat pumps is growing as High Temperature application are getting into the market and industry can benefit from fluctuating electricity prices by using CHP during high rates and heat pumps and vapour recompression at low electricity rates . This hybrid energy supply leads to a robust energy supply system whereby companies are less vulnerable to fluctuations in the electricity market. A number of presentations in the track on industrial heat pumps and the sessions on working fluids is focusing on these developments.

During the conference an exhibition will be in the main hall of the World Trade Centre. Suppliers and manufacturers can and will showcase their products.