Preventing dangerous climate change is a strategic priority for the European Union.
Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions substantially, while encouraging other nations and regions of the world to do likewise.
WE4CC-II is a Climate-KIC innovation project that aims at the technical demonstration, business case evaluation and implementation of new value chains for production of high quality water and indoor air control using low grade thermal waste energy from cooling water - with new technologies such as membrane distillation and water recovery from desiccant solutions.
The WE4CC-II project has been testing the combination of technologies for using excess heat produced by industrial processes or specialized solar technologies such as Virtu® technology developed by Naked Energy Ltd. - winner Venture Competition October 2011 - in order to purify or desalinate water with the Memstill® technology developed by TNO.
Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. We support this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation. Climate KIC integrates education, entrepreneurship and innovation resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products or services that help to mitigate climate change.
The WE4CC-II project is part of the Climate KIC Sustainable City Systems Platform. Waste heat is produced by a lot of processes that use energy. The biggest contributors to waste heat are industrial processes, domestic
processes and energy production that occur in the urban environment. Often, this waste heat is lost to the ambient environment, contributing to a rise in global temperature. Storage and reuse of this waste heat contribute to improving energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions in the city.
News & HIGHLIGHTS
Dolmen Resort Hotel to be first cascade demonstrator
The Dolmen resort Hotel in Malta. will be the second demonstrator of the WE4CCII project and the first cascade demonstrator linking Virtu® and Memstill®. the potential to use cascading heat from this process to heat and cool the building through the Absorberbox® will also be explored.