The Turkish Government Energy is focusing a lot on energy efficiency and has put forward some big demands regarding this area.

This is the reason why in this week, a delegation of Turkish mayors are visiting various Danish sites and meeting several people form the Danish energy sector. The high-level delegation comes from cities that wish to look for inspiration on how to utilise surplus heat for district heating.

The visit, arranged by the Royal Danish Consulate General in Istanbul, began with the delegation meeting at the Turkish Embassy where they met with Ambassador Kenan Ipek.

The delegation was given presentations by Broen, a leader supplier of stop ball valves for district heating, at Clorius Controls, and after that, the delegation was taken to State of Green, where Managing Director of DBDH, Lars Hummelmose gave a presentation about district heating in Denmark and the EU. State of Green told about Denmark’s green transition.

Included was also a visit to the Greater Copenhagen utility company VEKS’ transmission heating system, which encompassed presentations by VEKS’ CEO Lars Gullev and Jørgen Ægidius, Sales Manager at pipe company LOGSTOR.

The early evening saw a session on financing, with Klaus Prebensen IFU – Investment Fund for Developing Countries, and Anders Thorsen from EKF – Export Credit Agency.

Dinner was hosted by Danfoss with the participation of Turkish Ambassador to Denmark Mr. Kenan Ipek.

The following days included a visit to Grundfos with case presentation as well as visit to Grundfos’ production site; a stop by the world’s biggest solar thermal plant of 156,000 m2 connected to district heating, Arcon Sunmark and a visit to a solar-thermal plant combined with seasonal storage 200,000 m3 and connected to district heating, also Arcon-Sunmark; and a company visit to Danfoss and its production – SOMA & Teknopark Istanbul with case presentations by Atli Benonysson, Vice President, Application & Technology, Danfoss.

As a follow-up on the visit, DBDH will arrange and host a district heating seminar and conference in Istanbul, Turkey in late November, early December. The exact date will follow.