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HC Tour to Japan

May 19 - May 24

HC Tour to Japan

Join DBDH on this joint promotion to Japan, where you will get to meet all main district energy companies and district energy actors. Together with the Danish Embassies in Tokyo we are developing the below program.

Who are you going to meet?
You will meet and have directly interaction with decision makers at the major DHC companies. This will be an unique opportunity to get better connections in the DHC sector and it will give you a great opportunity to evaluate the potential, for your company, in Japan. The program will be developed together with key players in district energy and bioenergy, such as Japan Heat Supply Business Association, Biomass Power Association and DHC operators in Tokyo and Sapporo. DHC operators, developers and representatives from the local government will be invited to the seminars.

Japan as a market for biomass and DH solutions
Japan has since 2012 had one of the most lucrative Feed In Tariffs (FIT) in the world and installation of solar PV sky-rocketed causing the FIT for PV to decrease significantly over the years. The reduction of FIT of PV paved the road for the renewable energy developers to look into other types of renewable energy, including bioenergy, to develop. This trend, together with raising interest in utilizing the local biomass for district energy, is causing the market players to look for solutions to utilize biomass.

Japan has some larger district cooling networks, especially in Tokyo and 139  (primarily smaller) district heating networks. But there is great focus on energy efficiency and they are also looking into building more CHP – which are expected to cover 15% of their need of electricity by 2030. In the smaller towns there are huge interest in utilizing the local biomass for district energy. This creates great opportunities for Danish DHC technology and consultant companies. The increasing interest for DH solutions can also be measured by the record many visits from Japan to Denmark to study district heating networks. The biomass and DH solutions technologies and know-how Japan has to import.

Sapporo City is the host to one of the oldest district heating networks in Japan, which was established just before the Sapporo Winter Olympics in the 1970’s. The City has just established an energy master plan which called for expansion of the existing district heating network. In addition to the expansion of the network, the City is looking to incorporate renewable energy in the heat source which now is primarily fossil fuel.


The draft program

Time Sunday 19 May Monday 20 May Tuesday 21 May Wednesday 22 May Thursday 23 May Friday 24 May
Morning Arrival in Japan Discussion with Biomass Power Association on future trend of biomass utilization and CHP in Japan Seminar on DH and biomass utilization in Tokyo with Japan Heat Supply Business Association Site visit and discussion with a DH operator in Sapporo Depart from Japan
Individual meetings(additional cost)

Free Time

Afternoon Departure from Denmark (late afternoon)
Discussion on Japanese DH situation by Japan Heat Supply Business Association
Site visit and discussion with a DHC operator in Tokyo 1

Discussion with 4DH Forum in Japan (on smaller DH utilizing the local biomass for district energy)

Site visit and discussion with a DHC operator in Tokyo 2 Briefing on DH in Sapporo by Sapporo City


Seminar on DH and biomass utilization in Sapporo

Arrival in Denmark if departed in the morning
Evening Kick-off dinner Networking dinner/reception Travel to Sapporo Networking dinner/reception

(possibilities to depart from Tokyo on midnight flight to Europe and arrive Friday morning)

Accommodation Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Sapporo Sapporo or Tokyo


Participation fee:
1 participant: DKK 12,750
2 or more participants: DKK 16,750

Included are 2 x networking dinners.

Air tickets, hotels, other meals and transport to and from airports are NOT included.

Please sign up for the export promotion tour to Japan no later than Friday March 22. Contact: lh@dbdh.dk


May 19
May 24
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Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan + Google Map