Exploring District Heating and Cooling in Denmark

By Blandine Pidoux on 6 October 2016

Last September, Energy Cities brought together a group of French cities and representatives from ADEME (the French national energy agency) for a study tour on district heating and cooling in Copenhagen and the Zealand region. Two days of very fruitful visits and peer-to-peer meetings, organised thanks to a partnership with the Danish Embassy in France and the Danish Board of District Heating.

Meeting at DBDH headquarters in Copenhagen

Participants could exchange on the national energy models and contexts in Denmark and France and visit numerous plants showing the transition towards the use of renewables in district heating and cooling or the transition towards low temperatures DHC systems, both being amongst the most challenging issues for European local governments at the moment. The Danish cities of Roskilde and Albertslund could provide the group with inspiring feedback on their local experiences.

Our group visiting the Helsinge Fjernvarme site

A noteworthy visit to Helsinge Fjernvarme new solar panel installation, in operation for almost a year now. The first solar installation of 4,733m2 has been in operation since mid-May 2012. With the expansion of the solar panel installation, its total area is equivalent to 19,588m2. The total annual production is expected to be ca. 9,400MWh or about 20% of the annual heat production to Helsinge Fjernvarme’s 1,600 consumers.

Download the complete program of the visits

See below the presentations:

District Heating in Denmark - 2 questions and 5 answers on how to promote cost-effective DH nationwide, by Ole Odgaard, Senior Advisor at the Danish Energy Agency

Panorama of District Heating (and current Market) in France - Heat fund 2016, by Michel Cairey-Remonnay, Coordinator of the French Heat Fund at ADEME

Energyplanning in Roskilde Municipality, by Søren Magnussen and Jesper Madvig, Energyplanners, Municipality of Roskilde

METROPOLE EUROPENNE DE LILLE, Development project of heating networks, Recovery of «inevitable» energy from the Energy Recovery Center in the city of Halluin, par Erwan Lemarchand, Directeur Energie, Lille Métropole

‘Albertslund Concept’: Energy efficient renovation of homes and integrated energy efficient retrofitting af housing - Low temperature district heating, by Christian Oxenvad, Energy Advisor, Albertslund Municipality

Energy modelling with energyPRO: lessons learnt from progRESsHEAT project, by Sara Ben Amer-Allam, PhD Candidate, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
More info on the progRESsHEAT project, a Horizon 2020 project aiming at accelerating the deplyment of renewables in district heating and cooling.

Introduction to Biomass CHP and DH in Køge, and to Geothermal Plant in Copenhagen, by Morten Stobbe (M.Sc.), Vice President, VEKS

A look at 35 years of success in geothermal energy for district heating in France, by CFG

HOJE TAASTRUP, One of Denmarks largest consumer cooperativ district heating company

Waste to energy at Vestforbrænding

To go further, we invite you to read a comprehensive history of DHC in Denmark on and to consult our members’ best practices.
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