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District Heating experts from Denmark and China collaborate on pilot project

The pilot project is to develop heat scenarios for two towns in Shaanxi province, China, experts say

| | Jun 4, 2018 | 8:30 am
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Frederiksberg, Denmark, 04 June 2018: Experts on heat planning in China and Denmark are working together for a Sino-Danish pilot project on energy-efficient District Heating, the Danish Board of District Heating (DBDH) announced in a Press communiqué.

According to DBDH, the aim of the expert panel is to act as advisors to a pilot project for heat planning as well as validators of the recommendations made for the project. They also wish to create connections between the members of the expert panel in order to improve their aggregated knowledge and create the foundation for a Sino-Danish District Heating knowledge network, the communiqué said.

The pilot project is going to develop heat scenarios for two towns, Tongchuan North and Yijun, in Shaanxi province, China, in cooperation with the authorities in the region, the communiqué said. The towns are primarily heated with individual coal boilers or stoves and natural gas boilers, the communiqué further said. Both excess heat and biomass residues are available in the areas, the communiqué added.

According to DBDH, the pilot project will demonstrate how dedicated heat planning can evaluate different scenarios for heating, and finding the best solutions for the economy and environment, by considering consumer prices, local economy, company economy and social economy. It is important that the society’s costs from pollution are a part of the overall calculations, otherwise the chosen solutions may be expensive for society, the communiqué said.

Speaking about the project, John Tang, Long-term Advisor for the Danish Energy Agency’s collaboration with China, said: “It is my hope that the pilot project can demonstrate an easy way for authorities to establish systematic heat planning in existing small and large town areas considering renewable sources, excess heat or other efficient heat sources. For the expert panel it is my hope that both the Chinese and the Danish experts can improve the proposed heat planning model, can refine the planning model to a Chinese context and find technical and political suggestions for future heat planning methodology benefitting both countries.”

Commenting on the collaboration, a Chinese member of the panel, Xia Jianjun, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, said: “I would like to work with the experts on how can we set up a reasonable evaluating indicators for the heat planning, how to improve the heating system efficiency, and work on the new technologies for the District Heating system.”

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