This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691624
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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