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09/12/2014 | News, Newsletter December 2014
International Workshop on Solar District Heating in Italy
With about 40 participants, the 25th November workshop in Milano showed how important is the role of energy urban planning for sustainable cities. Engineers, planners and consultants from industries, research centres and local administrations had the chance to see that solar district heating has a long successful history in northern Europe and it is now moving towards south.

Currently on the district heating market in in Italy, the electrical consumption reduction, the increasing share of renewables and the decreasing electricity prices are causing longer and longer periods of CHP inactivity and solar energy appears as a great source to reduce backup boilers activity. This was shown during the workshop by the presentation of best practices in urban planning and SDH from central and northern Europe: Germany, Austria, Denmark and Sweden.
But SDH is definitely moving towards the south of Europe: the French eco-district of Balma which includes a solar thermal plant was described and the first SDH project in Italy was presented!
The utility Varese Risorse is going to build a 1 000 m2 solar plant for their DH grid, showing that this technology is possible and feasible in the Italian framework. Several Italian district heating utilities had already shown much interest in solar thermal integration into networks and many case studies have been realized within the SDHplus project, but  the presentation from Varese Risorse highlighted that SDH in Italy is definitely possible. This first installation will show the way to a change towards environmental and economically sustainable DH that is not possible without the support of a smart and strategic urban energy planning by the local administrations.

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