New district energy white paper in Chinese published

Date: 16 September 2016

The new Chinese white paper ‘District Energy’ has been officially published at a seminar in House of Green for Chinese government officials from NECC and NDRC. The white paper offers insight into the Danish competences built up through more than 100 years of experience with district energy and highlights some of the main learnings to consider when expanding the use of district energy.

Denmark’s strong drive towards implementation of district heating was a result of the oil shocks of the 1970s. Subsequently, comprehensive analysis of different alternative heat supply options clearly showed that district heating in many areas was the best solution, therefore, Denmark passed its first heat supply law in 1979.

In its simplicity, district energy is about moving water, with a valuable temperature, from the place of production to the place of consumption. The efficiency of the system is created in all three parts; creating heated or chilled water, avoiding heat loss in the distribution as well as effective connection and use on the consumer side.

Chinese district energy demand
The Chinese version of the white paper was well received today in House of Green, as the National Energy Conservation Centre (NECC) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) , visited Denmark to get an insight into the lessons learned about district energy in Denmark.

The visit was arranged by the Danish Energy Agency and State of Green and the delegation will be visiting a wide range of Danish district energy stakeholders the next two weeks, including HOFOR, Amager Resource Centre, VEKS, City of Aarhus, Aalborg Utility amongst others.

Inside this white paper: District Energy – Energy Efficiency for Urban Areas
This white paper draws on competences built up through more than 100 years of experience with district energy in Denmark and around the world. It highlights some of the main learnings to consider when wanting to expand the use of district energy, by including relevant cases from around the world. More specifically, the white paper highlights the following:
– District energy at its core: Fuel flexibility and secure supply
– Planning and regulation – a prerequisite: The regulatory process, responsibilities and requirements
– Fuel flexibility allows for sustainability in district heating: The key to intelligent use of energy
– The necessity of heat storage: Saving money and securing supply
– The future of district energy: Realising a strong global potential

Contributors to white paper
The case contributors to the white paper include:

– ABB
– Arcon-Sunmark
– Babcock & Wilcox Vølund
– COWI
– Danfoss
– Grundfos
– HOFOR
– Kamstrup
– Logstor
– Ramboll

Read the publication here