Renewable district heating – Small local grids and cooperative utilities
District heating based on local renewable energy sources is becoming more and more an appealing solution for small communities in search of energy independence and of a stable price for their thermal energy supply. Such solutions often foresee a strong and direct involvement of the customers who could even own, at the same time, their heating grid by constituting a cooperative company to run the business. Examples of such district heating approach, already quite common in Denmark and Germany, are now spreading quickly around Europe. The webinar will present the most exciting, recent and inspiring stories to show how consumers can take the lead in the transition towards a clean and sustainable future.
Per Alex Sørensen
Per Alex Sørensen - More than 30 years' experience within district heating, energy planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Denmark and abroad. Mr. Sørensen's experience covers all aspects of energy planning, design and implementation of renewable energy systems, mostly as project manager for projects involving a number of companies and very often including local work groups. Alternate member of IEA ECES (Energy Conservation through Energy Storages) executive committee, Chairman of the FlexEnergi cluster www.fleksenergi.dk
Oliver Miedaner (Dipl.-Ing.)
Oliver Miedaner (Dipl.-Ing.) is working as scientist for Solites – Steinbeis Research Institute for Solar and Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems in Stuttgart since 2010. From 2004 to 2010 he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Stuttgart and graduated with focus on energy systems in May 2010. At Solites he is working on various national and EU-projects in the field of know-how transfer and market introduction of renewable energies in the heating sector. The focus is on integrating large-scale solar heating plants, other renewable energy sources and thermal energy storages in district heating systems.
Per Kristensen has graduated as electrical power engineer and has previously worked within the electricity production and distribution sector. From 2002 to 2013, he has been a director of Brædstrup District Heating Company in Denmark. Brædstrup District Heating Company was the first district heating plant in Denmark, which combined large scale solar with CHP. In 2013, Per Kristensen started his own consultant company where he is assessing applications for public financial support for energy projects, he is a consultant for energy projects and he helps municipalities with strategic energy planning. In addition, Per Kristensen is representing a cooperation of district heating companies and municipalities in different contexts. Finally, he represents the consulting company PlanEnergi in the EU-program SDHp2m and the Danish Nature Agency in different projects.
Riccardo Battisti - He has been working in the energy and environment sector since 1999, after a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D in Energy at the University of Rome “SAPIENZA”, where he carried out research activities until the end of 2007. From 2005 to the end of 2007, he was Secretary General of Assolterm, the Italian Solar Thermal Industry Association, where he then worked as Policy Advisor. He has been working in Ambiente Italia, a private consultancy company, as Senior Project Manager, since January 2008. His main competencies are in the field of renewable energy, with a specific skill on international projects: He has worked in 15 different European projects, 4 of which on the topic of district heating by renewables. He is the coordinator of the Intelligent Energy Europe “SmartReFlex” project. Finally, he is collaborating with technical journals for writing articles on energy topics, realising about 200 publications.
This webinar is kindly sponsored by Savosolar
Savosolar offers complete solar thermal energy plants, based on the world’s most efficient* large scale flat plate collectors which are developed and produced in-house. High efficiency equals lower energy costs through optimised use of available space. Calculated over an expected lifetime of 25+ years, we offer our customers the lowest energy cost and a fixed cost of the whole lifetime of the system.
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Savosolar is a reliable and awarded Finnish based company, which was founded in 2009 and is listed on the Nasdaq First North stock exchange.
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In cooperation with SmartReFlex
The SmartReFlex project aims at increasing the diffusion of smart and flexible district heating and cooling (DHC) systems, basing on high shares of renewable energy sources (RES), in European cities.
In order to reach this aim, a mixed project consortium was created, including regional authorities, DHC utilities and consultancy partners, which specific high-level skills on RES DHC and on energy planning at local level.
6 regions in 4 countries (DE, IE, IT, ES) will implement legislative and organisational measures for promoting high-RES DHC, also benefitting from the know-how transfer by Denmark.
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