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All about District Energy

by Linda Bertelsen

District energy is a sustainable and efficient approach to heating, cooling, and supplying thermal energy to multiple buildings or facilities within a localized area. This integrated system offers several benefits, including energy efficiency, reduced environmental impact, and cost savings.

District heating history

The DHC system utilizes the heat and cooling from a wide variety of energy sources such as combined heat and power plants / cogeneration (CHP), surplus heat from the industry, large solar thermal systems, geothermal heat and large-scale heat pumps. Interconnecting these energy sources, enables flexibility with regard to the type fuel. This flexible system configuration ensures an optimal and reliable energy supply, increases efficiency and reduces fuel costs. Depending on the season and specific needs, district energy systems can provide heating and cooling services, making them versatile and adaptable.

Key advantages of district energy

One of the key advantages of district energy is its ability to harness waste heat from industrial processes or power generation, reducing energy waste and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, by eliminating the need for individual building-based heating and cooling systems, district energy promotes energy efficiency and reduces customer operating costs.

Eco-friendly and well-suited for urban areas

District energy systems are eco-friendly and well-suited for urban environments, helping achieve sustainability goals and improve the overall quality of life. They represent a smart and forward-thinking approach to meeting the thermal energy needs of communities while contributing to a more sustainable and resilient future.