The CELSIUS project has a diverse range of expertise, in the form of its consortium partners, that covers all phases or aspects in the evolution of a city’s intelligent district heating and cooling systems. CELSIUS has a designated amount of personnel resources allocated within the project and these will be made available, up until March 2017, to support those cities that sign up to become CELSIUS Cities.
The CELSIUS project has divided the evolution of intelligent district heating and cooling systems in a city into two phases: the Strategic phase and the Development and Delivery phase; and the project will be able to support all CELSIUS cities no matter where they are on this journey, be it just starting out or looking to optimise the operation of extensive existing systems.
The initial stage in this process will be aimed at engaging with potential CELSIUS cities and developing an effective, two-way relationship between the project and the cities. Early communications will explain the CELSIUS project, the benefits of district heating and cooling for cities and the range of support that the project could provide to help the city move along its district heating and cooling path.
Understanding the status of the city
If district heating and cooling is interesting to the city then the CELSIUS project will do a little work with the city to better understand their existing position and approach to heating and cooling and identify roughly where on the CELSIUS Roadmap the city may be.
Identify type and nature of support needed
This engagement process will allow the CELSIUS project to start understanding the needs and expectations of each city that it talks to and then together they will identify the type and nature of support that the project could offer to each city.
Letter of Commitment
This process will hopefully help cities make an informed decision about becoming a CELSIUS city and this will form the basis of the relationship that the project will then build with each city. A Letter of Commitment is signed by a senior officer and/or a political representative who has responsibility for energy policy within the city. It is also possible that a city representative and a representative from the utility company cosign.
The support that the CELSIUS project can provide will fall into four basic offerings and each of these will be designed in a way that reflects the needs of the CELSIUS cities. It will provide, within the resource constraints of the project, CELSIUS cities with the most relevant support, advice and guidance for the position that they are in as a city to help them either gain support for, establish, construct or ultimately grow district heating and cooling systems in their city.
This support for CELSIUS cities will be broadly based around the following four offerings: Demonstrators, CELSIUS Toolbox, Specialist Workshops and Expert Group.
i. Demonstrators – This offering will be organised for CELSIUS cities so that they can learn from the new or existing demonstration projects that are of relevance to them and their stage of development. It will help them understand in detail how they work, the benefits they deliver and how a similar project could be delivered in their own cities. There will be opportunities for cities to have study tours of the demonstrators but cities will need to meet any related travel costs themselves.
ii. CELSIUS Toolbox – This offering will be developed from the outputs of the CELSIUS project’s work packages and will provide an extensive range of information and guidance on gaining support and acceptance for, establishing, developing and expanding district heating and cooling systems in cites. It will be divided up in to three main sections:
- Social element that addresses gaining stakeholder acceptance and support for systems
- Technical element that addresses the design, specification, construction maintenance and optimisation of systems
- Roadmap element that maps out the various stages in the development and evolution of district heating and cooling systems in cities. It will identify the challenges and opportunities that they may face in progressing through those stages and provide insights into how they could overcome those challenges and realise the opportunities.
iii. Specialist Workshops – This offering will be themed around specific areas of activity which have been identified in conjunction with CELSIUS cities as being the priority areas that they need support with. These workshops will usually bring small numbers of CELSIUS cities together to address shared and common challenges to the acceptance, development, delivery and expansion of intelligent district heating and cooling systems.
iv. Expert Group – This offering will pool all the knowledge, experience and expertise of the CELSIUS Consortium partners and it will be used to address specific challenges and questions posed either directly by CELSIUS cities or identified in our discussions with them or in workshops. It will cover all aspects and situations that a city may face; from gaining political acceptance and developing policy to establishing, constructing and growing district heating and cooling systems in cities.