The heating technology industry will face major changes over the next 15 years. We see a trend where district heating companies are moving towards becoming distributors of heat rather than producers, using one single primary production source. We also see increased demands for reduced emissions and more energy efficient systems which we believe can be achieved by working with technology as well as business models/concept development.
Therefore, our focus group has set a goal of actively trying to reduce the flow temperature in district heating grids, at the same time as we are also working on the optimisation of the segment controllers and smart grids.
We are engaged in multiple applications to push issues forward.
We are partakers in three project applications to the EU Baltic Sea Region. These cover the areas of energy storage, low temperature district heating networks and testbeds for energy efficiency.
HypoCity is an application to Vinnova (Challenge-driven innovation) which we are also engaged in. The idea is that HypoCity will then be linked to the Celsius project, with the aim of exporting Swedish heating technology solutions to 50 European cities. The goal is that southern Sweden will be the leading region, and that the members of the group will coordinate export operations.
The group is also looking at the possibilities of writing a Horizon2020 application to explore and develop the potential of low-temperature district heating networks. The specific challenge lies in the energy effectivisation of existing systems, but also in developing smart systems.
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