HOT|COOL NO. 4/2018 - "Emerging District Heating Markets"


FRENCH DISTRICT HEATING IN NUMBERS A national survey lists 664 district heating plants and 20 district cooling plants, whose total installations cover 5,015 km. The use of renewable and recovery energy continues to grow. For the first time in 2015, the threshold exceeded 50% ; in 2016, it is close to 53%. District heating currently serves 2.32 million housing units (i.e. 24.6 TWh of heat delivered in 2016), mostly in urban dense areas. The residential sector consumes 57% of the heat delivered, while the tertiary sector (including utilities) consumes 35%.

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When looking at the market 30-50 years ahead, one of the biggest changes could be that the big cities will take on having more public services. More companies will have cities as direct investor and shareholders, and a strategy will be to invest (more) money in regional and local projects. The pace of development of district heating and cooling in France has had a good increase, but it is vital to continue the effort and strengthen a multi-scale and multi-energy approach, to ensure that district heating will have good interaction with electricity and gas networks.

How do you locate heat loss in your district? Imagine if you could use smart meter data to unlock the distribution network black box, locate leaks and heat loss and see what happens in the pipes below your feet. The solution is ready. It’s up to you to take the next step.

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