Green Island: Fossil free city areas

At the moment (during 2019), Green Island is developing a plan for a fossil-free city area with 2,000 housing units at Vinge North in the municipality of Frederikssund, situated 40 km north-west of Copenhagen in Denmark. The vision is to obtain 100% of the energy supply from renewable energy in a cost-effective way for the […]

District heating: heat-as-a-service and sector coupling

Space heating and hot water account for around 70% of energy consumption in residential buildings. Any progress in buildings efficiencies will see overall energy consumption decline. But that presents a serious challenge to the existing business model: why invest in a sector that’s selling less energy? The answer is to change that business model, says […]

Energy Union: Commission calls on Member States to step up ambition in plans to implement Paris agreement

Last week, the EU Commission has today published its assessment of Member States’ draft plans to implement the EU’s Energy Union objectives, and in particular the agreed EU 2030 energy and climate targets. The Commission’s assessment finds that the national plans already represent significant efforts but points to several areas where there is room for […]

Scotland: Danish-style community heating scheme could cut fuel poverty

DANISH-style district heating projects could cut fuel poverty in rural communities, a new paper claims. The Scottish Government is seeking new ways to solve the problem of unaffordable power costs in buildings without gas supply. It is hoped that doing this would not only ease the burden on householders, but also help meet the national […]

Major solar district heating project in China

New significant large-scale solar heating project in Tibet, China, is underway. The 20,000 MWh system is the largest to be built in Tibet to date and will supply the city of Zhongba with renewable district heating. Arcon-Sunmark Large-Scale Solar Systems Integration Co. is the turnkey supplier. Awareness of solar district heating systems is increasing internationally, […]