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06/02/2013 | News, Newsletter February 2013
Norway’s largest solar district heating plant inaugurated
On November 15th 2012, Akershus Energy AS launched a 12 810 m² solar thermal plant integrated to a district heating net in the town of Lillestrøm, Norway.

The by far largest solar heating plant in Norway, with a collector area of approximately 12 810 m² was inaugurated on the 15th of November 2012 in Lillestrøm. The plant, connected to a district heating net, was built by Akershus Energy AS after representatives of the company participated in several workshops within the SDHtake-off project, where the plans of the upcoming plant were presented and studied by the participants.

 

The 12 810 m² thermal collectors, produced by Sunmark, now are one of the multiple renewable heat sources of the Akershus EnergiPark.  Internationally, this district heating net has already been recognized by both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Sustainia 100 at Rio+20 for its sustainable solutions. The 915 solar collectors supported by a 1 200 m³ storage are expected to have a heat production of 4.2 GWh/year, equivalent to the heat demand of approximately 450 households.

The period leading up to the summer of 2013 will be used to test operation of the plant with optimization, integration and performance testing. In particular, the plant performance during the winter period with low temperatures, snow and relatively few hours of sunshine will be attentively observed.

Source: Akershus Energy AS

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