Towards efficient district heating and cooling in Europe
The Upgrade DH project partners held the final dissemination workshop "Towards efficient district heating and cooling in Europe" taking place on Wednesday, 15 September 2021, online.
The Upgrade DH project supports the upgrading and retrofitting process of district heating (DH) systems in different climate regions of Europe, covering various countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, and The Netherlands.
During the event project results and achievements were presented and discussed: the collection of the best upgrading measures and tools, upgrading processes of concrete DH systems initiated in each of the target countries, replication activities in other European countries and DH systems. Of course, the energy transition road has never been smooth, and we faced some challenges when implementing upgrading measures in our demo cases and supporting the modernisation process in selected district heating networks, when looking for the appropriate financing and business models and trying to improve the public perception of DH networks. Our experiences and recommendations for the development or retrofitting of DHC networks were presented at the final project conference.
Additionally, in the afternoon, participants had a chance to (virtually) visit two CHP plants that recently undertook upgrading measures and can serve as inspiration for other DH systems striving to become more efficient.