Hungary

Beneficiaries: 21

Ajka

 
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The aim of the planned investment portfolio is to reduce the operating costs of urban infrastructure, minimize CO2 emissions and shape the energy-conscious attitude of users. The projects will enable the energy renovation of public buildings, the use of renewable energy solutions, the application of smart solutions, the development of means of transport and the creation of a local energy community. As a result, the municipalities can operate a more efficient, greener, and smarter city at a lower cost. In this way, the city's residents can live their lives in a more liveable, safer and happier environment.

 

Miskolc

 
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The planned investment project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil energy dependency, while also achieving substantial energy cost savings for urban residents. The program's objectives include reducing energy dependency at the municipal level, increasing the share of renewable energy in electricity production and usage within residential sectors, significantly cutting carbon dioxide emissions associated with electricity usage in targeted housing stock, enhancing public satisfaction by providing new services, implementing technological enhancements in condominiums, and boosting the value of targeted housing units. Solar energy will serve as a primary renewable energy source, particularly in areas where ecological exploitation is limited, such as flat and pitched roofs of designated condominiums and industrial rust belt areas. The project cities have identified condominium buildings for solar panel installations on unused roof surfaces, aiming to provide significant energy independence for residents.

 

Budaörs

 
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The planned investment aims to achieve energy-related renewal in a smaller city district, transforming it into a net energy producer. It explores several potential investment directions, including installing PV panels primarily on flat roofs, S-SW facing pitched roofs, bus stations, and parking lots of department stores. Implementing smart metering solutions for electricity consumption in flats is also part of the plan, along with comprehensive energy upgrades for designated buildings, involving insulation, window replacements, and heating system modernization (mainly with heat pumps). Modernizing lighting in a department store is another aspect, along with installing five smart solar benches and three wind trees to provide renewable energy for public device charging. The area will also be integrated into a planned public bike-sharing system with three stations, and four electric charging stations will be set up to utilize excess energy from solar panels for electric vehicle charging.

 

Bükk region

 
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The project aims to enhance the economic viability and energy autonomy of the region by integrating renewable energy sources (RES), electric transportation, self-consumption, and energy efficiency into a unified system. The proposed investments include battery energy storage systems, a central energy management system, electric buses, and heat pumps, chosen for their superior economic benefits, especially considering the rising gas prices. Specifically, the project aims to establish a decentralized energy community with solar systems generating 867 kW of power, connected to decentralized battery storages with a capacity of 0.93 MWh housed in municipal buildings. Additionally, the installation of 150 heat pump/air conditioning systems will significantly reduce natural gas consumption in municipal buildings. The project also entails deploying a fleet of 40 electric minibuses operating on a demand-responsive basis, resulting in substantial energy savings of approximately 4,460 MWh and reducing CO2 emissions by over 1,000 tons in transportation alone.

 

Gyöngyös

 
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In Gyöngyös, the construction of 21 well pairs will generate 322,531 MWh of geothermal electricity annually. Additionally, a pair of wells will be built to provide heating, hot water, and technological steam, producing 71,970 MWh of thermal energy per year. The district heating system supplying 2,798 homes will transition from natural gas to geothermal energy. A new 20 km district heating pipeline will connect an additional 3,860 housing estate flats and businesses, replacing 33% of imported natural gas and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 275,000 tCO2eq/year. In Veresegyház, the existing geothermal heating system, operational for almost 30 years, will expand with 20 new consumers (public institutions, residential buildings, industry), 2 geothermal wells, and new pipelines. The 65°C thermal water reaches consumers in three steps, covering their peak power demand of 7 MW and total heat demand of 17.07 GWh/year entirely through geothermal energy. This investment results in a significant reduction of 3,240 tCO2eq/year in CO2 emissions, with 17.97 GWh/year of natural gas saved.

 

Hódmezővásárhely

 
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The project aims to significantly reduce reliance on imported natural gas by utilizing local renewable energy sources. It strives to make substantial contributions to meeting SECAP's emission reduction targets by 2030, ideally achieving a 55% reduction. The investment project comprises 11 components across 5 phases, focusing on expanding, modernizing, and enhancing the efficiency of the local geothermal energy network. It also involves replacing natural gas consumption, improving building energy efficiency, and promoting renewable energy production. The project's socio-economic benefits are considerable, benefiting local residents, institutions, companies, the municipality, and the district heating supplier. Lower energy consumption, a cleaner energy mix, and reduced reliance on imported natural gas will enhance the efficiency of city institutions and residential buildings. The project aims to establish a mixed-financing model involving market-based and non-refundable grants. Some project phases may be financed on a market basis, some in combination with grants, and some requiring full non-refundable grants.

 

Szombathely

 
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The primary goal of the investment is to achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions, energy dependency, and energy-related operating costs in Szombathely MJV by 2030. Specific targets include enhancing energy efficiency in district heating and privately heated public and residential buildings, as well as increasing the share of renewable energy in the energy mix across various sectors. The investment aims to achieve sub-targets such as substantial reduction of carbon emissions from the public building stock, allocation of financial resources and technical assistance to reduce carbon emissions from private residential buildings, integrated utilization of renewables to fulfill energy needs in targeted sectors, decrease the carbon footprint of the district heating system, and acquisition of hydrogen buses for clean public transport. Beneficiaries of the initiative include local residents willing to participate in deep renovation efforts, public institutions, users of a revamped district heating system, and users of clean public transport. The broader community benefits from improved air quality and long-term mitigation of climate change impacts.

 

Pécs

 
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The Municipality of the City of Pécs is dedicated to enhancing the urban environment and improving the quality of life for its residents and visitors. In alignment with previous strategy documents, the Municipality aims to transition the urban public transport service to electric buses, as outlined in the Fleet Decarbonisation Plan adopted by the General Assembly in 2021. With the assistance of the EUCF, a comprehensive bus fleet modernisation and electrification programme has been devised. By 2030, diesel buses operated by Tüke Busz Zrt., wholly owned by the municipality, will be replaced with electric buses. Necessary charging infrastructure will be established, including facilities for both night and daytime charging at decentralised stations and terminus stops. Moreover, infrastructure for overnight parking and charging will be equipped with solar power plants and energy storage, ensuring efficient and zero-carbon energy usage, thereby significantly reducing energy costs. Additionally, a passenger information system will be implemented to enhance the overall public transport experience.

 

Szekszárd

 
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The concept plan aims to identify viable renewable energy sources for integration into the Szekszárd district heating system, addressing key concerns such as reducing gas dependency, mitigating energy cost increases, and meeting CO2 emission targets. Key considerations include exploring feasible solutions tailored to the existing conditions, circumstances, and constraints, with a focus on collaborating with E.ON Energiatermelő Kft. Additionally, the plan seeks to assess regional resources, such as available biomass from deforestation or planned forest management, to support sustainable operation of various technologies. Furthermore, it aims to address waste management issues and identify opportunities for improvement in this area.

 

Kecskemet

 
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The investment concept primarily focuses on the development of innovative energy infrastructure, supported by two comprehensive background studies. One study delves into geothermal thermal energy, while the other examines electromobility and the integration of a photovoltaic energy storage system into the low voltage network. The geothermal energy-based concept presents an opportunity for collaboration with the existing low-temperature gas-based district heating system, enhancing the city's supply security. Expert analysis advocates for the implementation of a deep well geothermal drilling system. Regarding electromobility, the circular economic approach favors the H2 energy cell solution, offering advantages in fuel production continuity. The WtH2 technology, integral to the circular economic model, forms the basis for hydrogen production, estimated to cost approximately 50% less than traditional hydrolysis methods. Moreover, setting up an H2 production plant yields high-purity CO2 and a combustible gas fraction as by-products, which can be commercialized or utilized to support the plant's energy supply via a CHP unit, effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Municipality of 3rd District, Budapest

 
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The objective of the investment concept is to optimize thermal energy efficiency and increase renewable energy production across three municipalities: Óbuda-Békásmegyer, Újpest, and Szentendre. The project includes 16 investment packages, focusing on comprehensive renovations of residential buildings in Óbuda-Békásmegyer and Újpest, involving insulation, window and door replacements, and heating system modernization with a shift towards renewable energy sources. Solar panels will be installed on rooftops of residential buildings, institutions, and service sector facilities. Additionally, three new solar power plants will be constructed, and the existing heating plant in Szentendre will undergo modernization. The project will benefit building owners, tenants, and utility providers, leading to improved air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in Budapest and its surrounding regions.

 

7th District Erzsébetváros - Budapest

 
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The planned investment targets the energy-related renovation of 29 municipally owned and 120 private residential buildings. The Investment Concept evaluates the feasibility of several potential investment components, including the installation of PV panels on suitable roofs, complex energy upgrades for designated buildings, which encompass thermal insulation, replacement of facade windows, and modernization of heating systems, primarily through the implementation of heat pumps. The Investment Concept outlines three different heat pump solutions for consideration.