Doing more with less: cooling as an enabler for a sustainable energy system
Already today, cooling represents up to 6% of the total energy consumption in Europe. With the demand for cooling set to grow with a warming climate and trends such as increasing urbanisation, digitalisation and others, sustainable cooling plays an essential role in the future energy system. It means that cooling can be delivered using minimum amounts of energy, while allowing for the uptake of renewables in the energy system. This can for example be achieved by holistic solutions based on three main pillars: energy storage, demand response and the use of heat recovered from cooling processes. Accounting for an important share of the total electricity consumption in Europe, supermarkets provide a useful example on how to put such holistic solutions into practice.
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