This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691624
This workshop was organized during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (18-22 June 2012). Representatives of the district heating sector, local authorities and enterprises discussed with experts how solar district heating can contribute to a sustainable and renewable heat supply for cities and villages.
More than forty participants followed the presentations of experienced operators of solar district heating plants in the first session of the workshop. Once again the present boom of solar district heating plants in Denmark was a key topic for discussions, however, also new plant realizations in new-entrance countries like Slovenia and Italy were of interest.
During the round table discussion Frederic Hug, President of Euroheat & Power, gave clear indications for the policy needs for solar district heating: ‘We still need activities for raising the awareness and building-up capacity about solar district heating. It is even more important that this sector proofs and make official its technical and economical potential in order to achieve a full endorsement by heat policy strategies’. However, the important role of solar thermal among the renewable and emission-free heat sources was recognized in particular due to its reliability regarding future heat prize developments. Main options for solar district heating are seen for smaller district heating networks especially in rural areas, whereas the possibilities for integrating into large city district heating networks are considered as limited due to the high temperatures and pressures is such systems.
Presentations of the workshop are available here.
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