IDEA is pleased to report that Dr. Sven Werner, Professor, Energy Technology at Halmstad University has published a noteworthy article, “International Review of district heating and cooling,” in Energy, a scientific journal published by Elsevier. Dr. Werner notes that “A similar article has never been published before.” It is written with open access, and can be downloaded free of cost. Dr. Werner encourages sharing the information with your DHC colleagues, but requests that you do not distribute the PDF files itself, since many downloads at the Science direct website will highlight the interest in the DHC subject.
“International review of district heating and cooling.” (click to access article)
The purpose of this review is to provide a presentation of the background for the current position for district heating and cooling in the world, with some deeper insights into European conditions. The review structure considers the market, technical, supply, environmental, institutional, and future contexts. The main global conclusions are low utilization of district heating in buildings, varying implementation rates with respect to countries, moderate commitment to the fundamental idea of district heating, low recognition of possible carbon dioxide emission reductions, and low awareness in general of the district heating and cooling benefits. The cold deliveries from district cooling systems are much smaller than heat deliveries from district heating systems. The European situation can be characterized by higher commitment to the fundamental idea of district heating, lower specific carbon dioxide emissions, and higher awareness of the district heating and cooling benefits. The conclusions obtained from the six contexts analyzed show that district heating and cooling systems have strong potentials to be viable heat and cold supply options in a future world. However, more efforts are required for identification, assessment, and implementation of these potentials in order to harvest the global benefits with district heating and cooling.
Dr. Sven Werner, Professor, Energy Technology
Halmstad University (Högskolan i Halmstad), ETN, PO Box 823,
SE-30118 Halmstad, Sweden
Update: District Heating and Cooling in Sweden, Energy (Elsevier), Werner, 2017.