Renewable Energy Along the Danube – Fraunhofer ISE Initiates Project with Countries Bordering the Danube

September 14, 2017

In June 2017 a kick-off event was held at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems to establish a network of countries bordering the Danube. The initiated project, called “DanubeHEAT” and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), aims to develop renewable energy and energy efficiency in the heat sector in the Danube region. The project themes will be promoted with the support of small and medium companies (SMEs), universities, schools, research institutes and city administrations from the partner countries. In November 2017, all partners will be meeting at workshops held in Croatia and Romania. To complete the network, Fraunhofer ISE is searching for a German industry partner.

Renewable heat generation along the Danube is the theme of the “DanubeHEAT” project.
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Renewable heat generation along the Danube is the theme of the “DanubeHEAT” project.

In all, 13 network partners from Slovenia, Croatia, Moldavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania and the Ukraine are participating in the project “DanubeHEAT.” The partners will attend two workshops on November 21 and 23, 2017 to explore the regional potential of heat generation by renewables and transfer their ideas into concrete project proposals. The coordinators see most potential in industrial process heat or solar cooling, e.g. in the tourism sector, but also in the energy retrofit of buildings, or expanding the local heat grid with solar, bio-based or geothermal energy sources. “The possibilities for increasing the share of renewable energy in these regions are numerous,” says the project team leaders Dr. Korbinian Kramer and Sandrin Saile of Fraunhofer ISE. “Especially in metropolitan areas, the demand for sustainable energy concepts for buildings is growing with new business districts. Together with representatives from the regions, we would like to evaluate the possibilities and provide solutions with our collective expertise.”

Invitation for German Industry Partners

To facilitate the best possible exchange of experience and expertise between partners in industry, research and politics, the project team is still searching for a competent industry partner from the German solar thermal sector to support the coordinators in the workshops in Romania and Croatia and decisively contribute to the future project proposals. The Fraunhofer ISE will provide funds for travel and accommodation for partners interested in a sustainable cooperation in Eastern European. Interested companies are invited to submit applications by October 5, 2017 directly to Sandrin Saile (