The energy networks of the future must be able to flexibly handle renewable energy. In recent years, the European E-Hub project launched various experimental sites that run fully on sustainable energy. E-Hub is an intelligent network that exchanges energy at neighbourhood level between the users connected to it. It facilitates the sharing of renewable energy sources such as solar panels, hydroelectric power and biomass.
Other applications include geothermal energy, the use of heating and cooling networks, and energy conversion and storage. Based on the findings of users, E-Hub ensured optimum energy distribution. The project was implemented between 2010 and 2014 in the Leuven Tweewaters district, as well as in Milan, Freiburg and Dalian in China.
Within the E-Hub project, EnergyVille focused on developing thermal energy storage: not via a central heat storage tank, but by using smaller tanks in private homes or offices that were managed as one large heat buffer. It also developed a user-friendly pilot system that monitors the energy system's energy use and balance, cost and CO2 emissions.
- Consortium of 16 European partners from nine countries
- Duration: December 2010 – November 2014
- Total project value: € 11,700,000 (€ 8,000,000 of this amount being contributed by the European Commission)