CHESS-SETUP is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to implement a reliable and efficient heating system that can supply buildings using renewable energy sources.
We are one of 10 partner organisations from across Europe set to work with Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Ireland on the new CHESS-SETUP project (CHESS-SETUP being short for Combined HEat SyStem by using Solar Energy and heaT pUmPs).
Heating accounts for a significant proportion of the total energy demand in Europe (60% of energy in the building sector is used for space heating and domestic hot water) so it is essential that we provide buildings with renewable heat and hot water.
The CHESS-SETUP project combines innovations in the use of solar thermal energy production, heat storage and heat pump use.
We delivered one of the three demonstration locations in Corby, Northamptonshire alongside Manlleu and Sant Cugat del Vallès in Spain. The unique renewable heating system in Corby stores thermal energy generated from PV-T panels underground using an innovative Earth Energy Bank as part of the Etopia Eco Homes development.
A smart control and management system was also developed for the project to allow balancing of local energy supply and demand through methods such as activating the heat pumps during periods of low energy demand.