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With 120 participants from 19 countries and many different backgrounds, the first Solar District Heating conference in Malmö, Sweden was a success. Presentations are available under the documents section of the SDH website.
The conference ‘Solar District Heating – technical solutions, urban planning and business models’ took place on 9 and 10 April 2013 at the Ekocentrum of Malmö, Sweden. The numerous participants could attend to a wide range of presentations covering policy, market and technical topics. During the opening session, keynote speakers from the European Commission and from district heating associations agreed that the ‘time is ripe’ for an international exchange platform such as this conference dedicated solely to solar district heating, in particular considering the strong activities in Denmark, but also the potential in the whole EU for higher shares of renewable energy sources in heating networks.
On the first conference afternoon, two parallel technical sessions were organized on system design and system components. It appeared that the technology is mature and that cases of difficulties are still linked to system design and operation, leading once again to the conclusion that solar district heating systems have to be kept as simple as possible in order to facilitate good operation. On the morning of the second conference day, a session was dedicated to industrial presentations. New products adapted to integration in district heating systems and to high operation temperatures were presented by international companies.
Moreover, E.On invited all participants to a guided tour of the Bo01 area at Western Harbour Malmö. During the tour, the participants were able to study in detail one of the nine distributed solar district heating systems taken in operation in this city district in 2001, which feed solar heat into the district heating network of Malmö. Operation experiences for this system were also presented by E.On during the afternoon of the first conference day.
The final conference session raised the question about key issues for further development of solar district heating. Beside some technical challenges, especially related to feed-in of solar heat into district heating, the panel experts underlined that future developments regarding the legal, planning and organizational framework around district heating need to facilitate higher shares of renewable heat. In particular customer ownership and customer choice are seen as key models. The discussion bore fruits and the participants could leave the conference with good advice from the experts present.
The conference was organized in the frame of the Intelligent Energy Europe project ‘SDHplus – New business opportunities for solar district heating and cooling’. The 2014 Solar District Heating Conference will be organized by the German District Heating Association AGFW. Information about upcoming events and the SDHplus project are available on the website www.solar-district-heating.eu.
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