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District heating can be produced without fossil fuels in Finland - even in Helsinki

Advanced energy solutions Research, Aalto University Summary The change is possible through the use of heat pumps, wind power, heat storage and demand response. Heating accounts for about half of the energy consumed by the Finnish homes. Some of the researchers from the Smart Energy...


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Lesley Riddoch: The heat is on for efficient warmth

Lesley Riddoch, The Scotsman Summary It’s high time to kick-start a green heating revolution in Scotland, writes Lesley Riddoch. The SNP wants the UK government to devolve offshore oil and gas licensing and taxation so that significant remaining North Sea reserves can be used to drive...


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C21 2018: Balanced Energy Network (BEN) decarbonises heating

Stuart Nathan, The Engineer Summary A system for decarbonising heating by sharing energy between buildings and using heat pumps is under trial in London Intended to create and develop a new type of heating network described as an “Internet for heat”, that is currently reaching the end of a...


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Richmond receives Innovative Energy Project of the Year award

Richmond News Summary Richmond has been recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers with the 2018 Innovative Energy Project of the Year award for its Alexandra District Energy Utility Phase Four project. The phase four project focused on connecting large retail development with low...


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40 MW ammonia heat pump system installed in Malmö

Charlotte McLaughlin, Ammonia21 Summary Four GEA ammonia heat pumps, each with a heating capacity of 10 MW (in total 40 MW), have been installed at an E.ON-operated district heating plant. Accelerate Europe reports. E.ON, one of the world's largest investor-owned electric utility service...


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Helsinki Energy Company Helen to Go Climate Neutral

City of Helsinki Helen operates Finland's first V2G (vehicle-to-grid) electric car charging station, developed by Helen with partners in the mySMARTLife EU Project. The project develops solutions to cut urban carbon dioxide emissions. Pictured is the first charging. Photo: Sonja Meskanen...


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Internet of Heat

Balanced Energy Networks Summary The search for a practical and affordable way to reduce carbon emissions continues. Governments all recognise the need to control the emissions of carbon. The Pope and the Governor of the Bank of England have also voiced concern that the issue is critical, but...


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Work underway for England's 'largest' district ground source system

George Ogleby, edie Summary Developers have secured a contract to deliver England's "biggest shared ground loop heat pump system", which is expected to reduce the energy bills of local residents by up to 50%. The project will feature 16 shared ground loop systems serving eight tower blocks...


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Swedish heat energy system – new tensions and lock-ins after a successful transition

Bioenergy International Summary Sweden has successfully begun a transition to a low-carbon energy system, reducing domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 24 percent from 1990 to 2014 and by more than 40 percent since the mid-1970s. The share of fossil fuel energy in heating is below 5...


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Denmark approves funding for 13 large heat pumps

Charlotte McLaughlin, Ammonia21 Summary Last week, the Danish Energy Agency (under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate) announced it had allocated funding to install 13 large heat pumps at 11 small district heating networks in Denmark. The heat pump...