Conference "Renewable Heating & Cooling"

The interest of private and public building owners and users in solar and biomass for heating and cooling of buildings as well as for industrial processes is growing: the sharp increase in fossil fuel prices, the availability of cost-efficient technologies and the legislative framework of the European Buildings Directive open up new markets throughout Europe. The conference will showcase innovative solutions for heating and cooling with solar energy and biomass and it will present the major technology and policy trends for the coming years. It will also address to the challenge of marketing and promoting green heating and cooling to the million building owners and users in Europe, be they companies, public bodies, housing associations or individual homeowners.

Date:1-2 March 2006
Venue: Stadthalle Wels, A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria/Austria
Conference fee:150 Euro (plus 10% VAT) (incl. European Pellets Forum)
Conference language: English, German, Italian, Spanish
Organisation and conference office:O.Ö. Energiesparverband
Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
Fax +43/732/7720-14383
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Programme "Renewable Heating & Cooling"

1 March 2006


Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Austria

9.20Energy R & D highlights from Austria
Michael Paula, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Upper Austria
9.40The end of affordable fossil fuels?
Claudia Kemfert, Deutsches Institut fĂŒr Wirtschaftsforschung, Germany
10.00The European Biomass-Action Plan
José Riesgo Villanueva, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport
10.20Solar thermal - markets, technologies & job perspectives in Europe
Uwe Brechliln, European Solar Thermal Industry Federation
10.40Discussion/Coffee break

Technology and market innovation
11.20Innovation & technology trends
Michael Rantil, Chairman, IEA, Solar Heating and Cooling/Formas, Sweden

25 % of the EU heating & cooling from renewables by 2020
Oliver SchÀfer, European Renewable Energy Council


Upper Austria - an exemplary region for solar and biomass
Christiane Egger, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria


Highly innovative projects for solar heating and cooling
Karin Freier, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany


The social issues of renewable energy

Ralph Sims, Massey University, New Zealand

13.00Discussion/Lunch break

Policies & Programmes


Innovative funding of solar and biomass projects
Krystof Szamalek, Ekofundusz, Poland


Spains municipal solar ordinances - a framework for market growth
Pascual Polo Amblar, Asociación solar de la industria térmica, Spain

15.10The largest solar market of the world
Jian Yu, Beijing University of Technology, China

Renewables in the implementation of the EU building directive
Kevin O'Rourke, Sustainable Energy Ireland

15.50Discussion/Coffee Break

Inspiring Projects

Ærþ - an island on its way to 100% renewables energy supply
Niels Aage Jensen
, Marstal Fjernvarme, Denmark


"Night-Cool" - an innovative cooling concept
Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Center, USA

17.10Third-party-financing for biomass installations - successful examples
Siegfried Aigner, Ing. Aigner GmbH, Austria
17.30Uzbekistan - successful solar technology transfer
Rano Baykhanova, United Nations Development Programme, Uzbekistan
17.50Project examples for heating and cooling of public buildings
Johann Van Bael, VITO, Belgium

Evening programme

2 March 2006

Best practice examples
9.00Biomass CHP-Plant Linz: an optimised biomass supply chain management
Wolfgang Dopf, Linz Strom GmbH, Austria
9.20"Heat Entrepreneurship" - a successful biomass business approach
Asko Puhakka, North Karelia Polytechnic, Finland

Communicating renewables to different targetgroups
Ladislav Zidek, BIOMASA Association, Slovac Republic

10.00Biomass cooling - possibilities, technologies and projects
Wolfgang Schuler, IBS IngenieurbĂŒro Schuler GmbH, Germany
10.20 Solar performance contracting for households
Herbert Huemer, XOLAR Öko Haustechnik GmbH/Sun master Energiesysteme GmbH, Austria
10.40Discussion/Coffee break

Success with solar and biomass
11.15Energy-crop heating systems - a new trend?
GĂŒnther Huemer, Guntamatic Heiztechnik GmbH, Austria
11.30Wood burning stoves for passive buildings
Gerhard Selinger, Rika Metallwaren GmbH & Co KG, Austria

Go ahead sunshine!
Robert Buchinger, Gasokol GmbH, Austria

12.00From pioneer to a leading company
Herbert Ortner, ÖkoFEN Forschungs- und EntwicklungsGmbH, Austria
12.15Heating "in perfection"
Bernhard Holzer, Windhager Zentralheizung GmbH, Austria

Solar cooling - practical experiences
Gerald Jungreithmayr, SOLution Solartechnik GmbH, Austria

12.45Wood and pellets heating systems: quality for the future
Martin Burgholzer, Fröling Heizkessel- und BehÀlterbau GmbH, Austria
13.00Discussion/Lunch break/Conference end