District heating based on local renewable energy sources is becoming more and more an appealing solution for small communities in search of energy independence and of a stable price for their thermal energy supply. Such solutions often foresee a strong and direct involvement of the customers who could even own, at the same time, their heating grid by constituting a cooperative company to run the business.
Post date: 23 Sep 2016
INDIGO is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded project carried out by 6 partners from across Europe that aims to develop a more efficient, intelligent and economical generation of District Cooling (DC) systems by improving the existing system planning, control and management tools. This will be achieved through two specific objectives.
Post date: 21 Sep 2016
Europe´s premier District Energy event.
Our future depends on the choices we make today! Heating and Cooling are together the largest single source of energy demand in Europe, and this demand is currently met largely by fossil fuels.
Choosing District Energy means saying NO to spending on imported fossil fuels, and YES to investing in efficiency infrastructure and renewable energy at the heart of our communities. Policy-makers at EU, national and local level are beginning to embrace this reality, with encouraging consequences for network operators, cities and citizens!
Post date: 29 Aug 2016
In der Initiative EnEff:Stadt werden innovative Forschungsprojekte gefördert, mit dem Ziel, den Energieverbrauch von Stadtquartieren zu verringern. In diesem Rahmen werden, neben der Entwicklung neuer Technologien und Planungsinstrumente, vor allem Pilotprojekte bei der integralen Planung, Umsetzung und messtechnischen Evaluierung von Stadtquartieren unterstützt. Eine besondere Gruppe von Projekten sind die Campusvorhaben. Innerhalb der Forschungsinitiative gibt es derzeit vier laufende Vorhaben, die als Ziel haben den Energieverbrauch eines Universitätscampus signifikant zu...
Post date: 8 Aug 2016
The UK government has announced that ₤320 million will be invested over the next 5 years in schemes to support (local) district heat networks in cities. Heat networks are already used widely across Scandinavian cities to ensure space heating and hot water in buildings. The heat can be generated from various sources including large heat pumps, combined heat and power plants and deep geothermal plants but also from waste heat of factories and offices. The government sees a potential to reduce the heating costs by more than 30% for some households.
Post date: 5 Aug 2016
Plan4DE (Plan for district energy) is an Excel-based modelling tool to assist in determining the viability of district energy in a certain district or neighbourhood area, based on the existing or planned urban form within that district area. It is intended to be used as a “pre-pre-feasibility” tool during the development of community, secondary or neighbourhood plans, to assist planners in understanding the relationship between built form, energy demand, and the potential for district energy.
Post date: 14 Jul 2016
Considering cities account for over 70% of the world’s energy use (half of which are for satisfying thermal needs), district energy networks have an immense role to play in establishing smart, affordable and low-carbon energy solutions. Unfortunately, due to the widespread use of unsustainable materials, incorrect dimensioning, or skyrocketing time and investment costs, the installation or renovation of District Heating and Cooling (DHC) systems have quite some way to go. Thermaflex’ newest district innovation provides solace.
From dream to reality
Post date: 29 Jun 2016
Organised by DHC+ Technology Platform, the DHC+ Summer School is designed to provide a clear introduction to the district heating and cooling technology, operational issues, and consumer determinants in evolving energy systems. The purpose of the Summer School is to offer a unique course on district energy combining theoretical lectures with practical application, site visits and networking opportunities.
Post date: 27 Jun 2016
Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has described 2016 as ‘the year of delivery’ for the Energy Union. As was made clear in the Commission strategy published in February of this year, meeting the objectives of the Energy Union will require a major contribution from the heating and cooling sector in general and district energy in particular.
Post date: 27 Jun 2016
This report from the French "Plan Bâtiment Durable" explains that the replacement of district heating and cooling to renewable energies are fully considered part of the approach to decreasing the use of fossil fuels to heat and cool buildings. This will bring comfort and a continuous service while ensuring local employment. Within the objectives for France, this action will represent a quarter of the renewable heating and cooling by 2020 and renewables in heating and cooling production will be increased by fivefold in 2030.
Post date: 1 Apr 2016