Via EUREC member AEE Intec
The programme ENTRAIN, which is supported by the EU under Interreg Central Europe, aims to develop renewable energy sources for heating networks and thus improve air quality.
To achieve these goals, five target regions in Germany, Croatia, Italy, Poland and Slovenia are supported by Austria and Germany, already experienced in renewable energy supported district heating, in building up knowhow with respect to planning and implementing renewable local heating networks. The programme ENTRAIN is led by Ambiente Italia. AEE INTEC provides its comprehensive expertise in the field of quality management (QM) of biomass district heating plants as it takes an active part in the Austrian programme “klimaaktiv QM Heizwerke” – QM for Biomass District Heating Plants and Networks – which focuses on training, monitoring and knowhow transfer for more than ten years.
There is a quality management system successfully in use in Switzerland, Germany and Austria already, supporting the design, construction and operation of efficient biomass district heating plants and networks. The further development and internationalisation of this tool is a focus in the project ENTRAIN. For this purpose, the quality management “QM for Biomass District Heating Plants” is being developed with regard to alternative heat sources, such as solar thermal energy and waste heat. In addition, an English version of the “Quality Management for Biomass District Heating Plants“ publication series currently available in German will be published, as well as versions adapted to the needs of the target regions.
The transfer of knowledge will be provided via 21 training courses – both as English train-the-trainer courses and as trainings using the national languages in order to reach stakeholders of the various regions. All training materials are made available free of charge to interested parties on the ENTRAIN website.
Moreover, the objectives of the programme include implementation studies for nine local heating network pilot plants in the target regions and the development of three innovative regional financing models for local heating networks. The quality management system “QM for Biomass District Heating Plants” is going to be adopted to the regional needs and if possible implemented in at least three of the five target regions.
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