HOT|COOL NO. 2/2019 - "Smart Heating System Integration"

Green business and black numbers

Digitalisation is the lever for an integrated and efficient energy system with district heating as its natural cornerstone. It even delivers measurable results of energy efficiency and optimised operations.

Extra capacity?

Heat loss


Leak in building

Data-driven temperature optimisation



High return temperature

Improved customer service

Poor cooling

Peak load limitation

Low forward temperature

Misadjusted installation

Let us – just for a second – put aside the fact that digitalising district heating will enable a greener, more integrated energy system utilising renewable energy sources and surplus heat to decarbonise the heating of buildings. Digitalisation is also simply good business. The total savings potential from digitalisation in the Danish utility sector is estimated at between 360 million and 1.3 billion euros. These savings will come from using data-based transparency to reduce losses, increase operational efficiency, improve utilisation and maintenance of the distribution network as well as streamline the heavy investments in this area.

We are now beginning to see realisations of a data-driven approach to district heating supply. For example in Assens, Denmark initial steps towards digitalisation has made the utility far more energy efficient and realised savings of EUR 33 per end consumer – and that is just the beginning! There is no shortcut to realising this potential – and it will not happen automatically. For district heating utilities, reaping the financial benefits from digitalisation is a process that begins with them investing both their time and money in digital tools that enable them to change the way they do things today.

Read about the realised benefits of digitalisation

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