Visit from Polish district heating companies

Date: 28 February 2018

DBDH and the Danish Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, this week organizes a study trip for 23 representatives of district heating companies operating in Poland.

The study trip comprises visits to utilities in Zealand and Jutland and will include the most modern examples of 4G   – the fourth generation district heating solutions – based on biomass, solar, geothermal energy, waste-to-energy as well as cogeneration.

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The study trip kicks off with a Business Exchange Seminar at DBDH with utilities and companies operating in district heating in Denmark. The visit is the continuation of a long-term cooperation between Poland and Denmark on sharing experiences in the district heating sector.

Poland is right now in the process of creating strategies for implementation of requirements of the regulations of the EU Directive 2012/27/EU. The directive demands increase of energy efficiency of the entire heat supply process – both in the use of energy carriers, heat transmission and its direct consumption by consumers. Following the environmental standards will require modernization of heat sources. Reduction of CO2 emission related to heat supply will require the development of an “efficient district heating system”. Today 88% of small district heating systems are considered as uneffective according to the EU requirements.

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„This is a challenge in Poland but it is also an opportuninty for the district heating sector”, says Mr. Andrzej Rubczynski, Director of Forum Energii, who is taking part in the study trip.

On Monday, 26 February, the group visited Amager Bakke, Denmark’s newest waste-to- energy plant and one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly in the world. The delegation was impressed with the technical solutions but also architecture.

The Tuesday visit started at Avedovre CHP Station owned by the company Ørsted, where the delegation learned about the Ørsted strategy for a coal free future. At Avedovre CHP station this goal is fulfilled already as the heat and electricity production is based on 100% on biomass.

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