by Linda Bertelsen

The need for air conditioning in the world is rising due to population growth, urbanization, and increasing prosperity. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, estimated cooling demand for buildings to increase from 300 TWh in 2000 to 4,000 TWh in the year 2050, affecting CO2 emissions and climate change.

But CO2 reductions at scale can be achieved by integrating cooling in the entire energy system – with the district energizing grid as the backbone.

In this issue, you can read about replacing small individual and inefficient air-conditioning systems with integrated district heating and cooling systems. Energy storage facilities linked to the district energy network utilize excess electricity from wind turbines and solar cells, and heat pumps absorb heating or cooling energy from seawater.

With so many opportunities, how do you find the right solution for your city? DBDH publishes Hot Cool, but the main business is helping cities or regions in their green energy transition. We help find specific answers for a sustainable district energy solution or integrate green technology into an existing district energy system.

Any city or utility worldwide can call DBDH and get help to find a green district energy solution suitable for their city. A similar system is often in Denmark, being the most advanced district energy country globally. DBDH then organizes visits to Danish reference utilities or expert delegations from Denmark to the city.

DBDH is a non-profit organization, so guidance by DBDH is free of charge. Just call us.

We’d love to help your district energize your city!

Lars Hummelmose
Managing Director, DBDH

Meet the author

Lars Hummelmose
Managing Director, DBDH
lh@dbdh.dk +45 2990 0080
The preface “District Cooling is hot” was published in Hot Cool, edition no. 3/2020. You can download the article here:
District Cooling is hot! preface in Hot Cool no. 3, 2020