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CELSIUS Newsletter
Smart Heating and Cooling in the EU
April 2015

WELCOME, new Celsius Cities!

London Borough of Enfield, San Sebastián, Gdynia, Copenhagen, Antwerp and Riga.
Copenhagen - well ahead, still improving
An impressive 98% of buildings in Copenhagen are connected to the district heating system.

Andreas Qvist Secher is the Civil Engineer responsible for climate and energy planning at the Copenhagen Urban Development Department.
Why have you chosen to become a Celsius city?
- Copenhagen has a goal of being carbon neutral by 2025. Energy production and smart city solutions are very important areas to achieve this goal. We expect to obtain new innovative ideas from other cities and also hope to inspire others from our technological and strategic work.
Do you have specific projects that you would like to realise?
- Yes, one of our main issues is peak load. On
peak hours during winter days, small coal power plants are activated, using non-sustainable energy sources. So we think it is an interesting pilot project to detach some areas of the city just for a couple of hours to avoid using fossil fuel.
How developed are your district heating systems today?
- We might have the most expanded district heating system in Europe. But if you think of the potential, there is still a lot to be improved such as reducing heating loss in the system, separating waste plastics and peak hour management.

Our time is now

Energy is one, if not the most, important hub that our modern society depends on. We all rely on it 24/7/365.

Therefore, it is with great interest and hope that I watch District Heating and Cooling making its way into the European agenda. For too long, heating and cooling has been absent from the European energy policy. They make up almost half our energy use, but until now, Europe has lacked a clear and coherent strategy.
As of the 26th of February, we saw the starting point for a change. The European Commission arranged a Heating and Cooling Conference, the Celsius project was invited to give a presentation and I was pleased to see the large number of participants, more than 700 delegates.
The Energy Union was also launched, and we can now look forward to the new energy strategy, based on five dimensions which are closely interlinked: energy efficiency, internal market, 

decarbonisation, energy security and research and innovation.
I am convinced that District Heating and Cooling have central role to play. And the Celsius project can contribute as a good example.

Jonas Cognell
Senior Program Manager, Celsius

Celsius highlighted in UN report

A UN report on the importance of increased energy efficiency in cities highlights Celsius as a good example.
 The report states that integrated urban energy systems are necessary to rapidly advance energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, which is critical in combatting climate change.
 The Celsius project stands as one of the good examples in the report, credited for pioneering innovative business models and technologies across Europe.
Read the report here 

Celsius workshops: get inspired

Celsius offers specialist workshops on identified topics where Celsius cities want support. They address common challenges to the acceptance, development, delivery and expansion of intelligent district heating and
cooling systems.

26 – 27 May, Gothenburg:

Short-term storage and district heating to ship in harbour

The first day of the workshop will cover how to use buildings as short-term storage and how to connect a ship in harbour to district heating. Experiences and lessons learned from the two demonstrators will be shared, including system performance. Site visits are included.

Business models and network management

The second day of the workshop will include information from CELSIUS about marketing, investments, cost management, price models, partnerships, competitive analysis and more. Half of the day is spent on network management and a visit to the control room.

More info and registration via email

2 June, Rotterdam:

Social Marketing for District Heating

The CELSIUS team will map out how social media can be used in the rollout of heat networks. 
Connecting consumers to heating networks is not just about the price of heat. There are other considerations, motivations and barriers that determine what consumers want. Social Marketing starts with understanding the audience, central questions here are: Who is the target audience? What is important for this group when making decisions? 

More info and registration via email

First sod cut in Genoa

Civil works have now started, preparing for the installation of a Turbo-Expander, a major component in the Genoa demonstrator. The turbine is to be delivered in June and by November the demonstrator should be running, recovering energy from the natural gas distribution network and turning it into heating for buildings in the area.

Celsius animated

What is Celsius, really?
A quick and visual answer is available on the
project website, in the shape of an animation. It explains Celsius in just one minute, and will be followed by a longer version on April 20th. 

Upcoming conferences

... Where Celsius will participate:
15-17 April EUROCITIES Economic Development Forum, Genoa

27-28 April, EuroHeat & Power Annual Congress, Tallinn
6-7 May All Energy Conference, Glasgow
20-22 May Metropolitan Solutions, Berlin

2-5 June Smart City Event, Amsterdam

About Celsius

To increase energy efficiency in the EU, CELSIUS helps cities across Europe to develop secure, affordable and low carbon district heating and cooling solutions that form part of the city's wider energy system. The focus is on maximising the use of waste heat or secondary heat within a city by capturing and using it in the heating system.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 314441.
Next newsletter: June 9
Editor: Amanda Termén
CELSIUS stands for "Combined Efficient Large Scale Integrated Urban Systems."
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