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AP Moller Holdings teaming up with Danfoss for geothermal heating development in Denmark

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Winter view in Copenhagen, Denmark (source: flickr/ Kristoffer Trolle, creative commons) Summary In an release shared today, Danish company AP Moller Holdings, the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation, connected to one of the largest shipping...


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More than 10,000 homes heated by geothermal energy in Grigny and Viry-Châtillon, France

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Geothermal heating plant of Sipperec in Rosny-sous-Bois, France (source: SIPPEREC) Summary Inaugurated earlier this month, the new heating network Grigny and Viry Chatillon already produces 124 GWh heat on an annual basis, the equivalent of heating...


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Electrifying Europe and the need for Collaboration in Decarbonizing Heat

Jacob Klimstra, Electric Light and Power Summary In the quest for greener energy supplies and decarbonization, heating is a major focus. It is widely understood that it is necessary to eliminate or at least reduce the need for gas and oil to heat buildings. The solution needs to deliver...


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Cooling targets for renewable energy use set out in new EU directive

Neil Merrett, RAC Plus Summary A new European Commission agreement to ensure renewable energy accounts for at least 32 per cent of the EU’s overall power needs by 2030 has been published. The proposals include specific provisions for cooling and heating functions that will come into effect...


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Geothermal energy and its key role for Europe – EGEC’s 7th Annual Geothermal Market Report

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Installed geothermal capacity in Europe - power & heating 2017 (source: EGEC) Summary EGEC, the European Geothermal Energy Council, has published the seventh edition of its annual study evaluating the development of the geothermal sector in Europe...


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Saint Paul is on the Cutting Edge of Decarbonization

Jeff Harder, USGBC Summary O nce upon a time, coal was king in Saint Paul, Minnesota, creating steam that traveled through a network of underground pipes and tunnels to illuminate and heat downtown. The underlying infrastructure, known as a district energy system, had been around for a...


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Germany awards 112 MW in CHP tenders

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Germany has awarded contracts for just under 21 MW in its first tender for ‘innovative combined heat and power (CHP) systems’. The country’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) said seven bids totalling around 23 MW had been received, but...


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Southeast London in line to gain new heat network

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary The borough of Lewisham in southeast London is examining the potential for a new district heat network . The borough has taken the first steps in developing the project with energy potentially being generated from the area’s waste...


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Plans announced for further geothermal power and heating development in Hungary

Alexander Richter, Think Geoenergy Turawell geothermal plant, Hungary (source: KS Orka) Summary Announced today, KS ORKA will continue with geothermal development in Hungary, planning with additional development of 40 MW in geothermal power and 100 MWth in geothermal heating capacity....


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Milestone for CHP in German 'bioenergy village'

Tildy Bayar, Decentralized Energy Summary Since 2011, an energy self-sufficient village in Germany has generated 1500 MWh and 3600 MWth with a biomass-based combined heat and power (CHP) system. The system from Lower Bavaria-based biomass CHP specialist Spanner Re2 supplies the...