9th International DHC+ Summer School in Karlshamn

ENGAGING DISTRICT HEATING & COOLING END-USERS THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The 9th edition of the DHC+ Summer School, Engaging District Heating & Cooling End - Users Through Artificial Intelligence, took place between 22 -28 August 2021 in Sweden.

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Participants of the DHC+ Summer School 2021

The 9th edition of the DHC+ Summer School provided participants with the opportunity to engage with and learn from experienced and reputed speakers helping develop in-depth knowledge about the District Heating and Cooling sector. The intensive working week encouraged participants to cooperate, debate, challenge themselves and consider innovative ways to further develop the sector.

The 2021 edition took place in Karlshamn, Sweden and was hosted by NetPort Science Park, NODA Intelligent Systems, Halmstad University and Danfoss. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, physical site visits were replaced by virtual study visits of the sustainable district heating in Karlshamn and Ronneby. This marked the first physical event for many since the start of the pandemic. We are thankful to all the participants, lecturers and local partners who joined us in Karlshamn and helped guarantee the success of the Summer School.

Innovative solutions to current problems

Building on last year’s theme, the 9th edition of the Summer School explored once again Artificial Intelligence, focusing more specifically on ways to engage end-users. The intensive program offered participants an insight into the challenges faced by DH companies when trying to engage consumers and the varying impact of current solutions while providing a platform for interaction and networking.

The content and structure of the program (conference sessions, hands-on workshops and group work) offered participants the opportunity to learn from 18 reputed international experts who explored critical questions about the application of AI in DHC, its complexity and possible ways to increase consumer engagement.

To better understand the challenges the sector faces and help them start thinking about innovative solutions, participants were asked to work in groups and explore ways for “Customer engagement with AI-boosted price Models.” Mentors provided them with guidance, not only for the content of the work to be presented at the end of the week, but also on presentation skills. This reinforced the Summer School’s mission of not only encouraging young professionals and students to engage with the sector and explore new solutions but also supporting them in the development of skills they will need throughout their careers.

The high-level jury composed of Alessandro Provaggi (DHC+), Samuel Henningsson (NetPort Science Park), Slawomir Nowaczyk (Halmstad University), Patrick Isacson (Cetetherm), Daniella Johansson (Sodra Cell) and Ida Bärtfors (Karlshamn Energi) announced the winners at the end of the week.

Euroheat & Power would like to congratulate the winners, Anna Billerbeck, Ilham Naharudinsyah, Marko Krejan, Marwan Abugabbara and Mohammad Hossein Fouladfar who put the end-user at the centre of their “Energy Bank.”

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Members of the jury and the winning team

Save the date!

The DHC+ Summer School will celebrate its 10th edition in August 2022. To mark the occasion, we are inviting DHC+ members to submit an expression of interest by the 1st of November 2021.  We look forward to celebrating the special occasion with you so, join us for the physical event! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to travel, discover new places in Europe and expand your network!