This report explains the development of solar thermal plants for district heating in Denmark between 1996 and 2008. Compiled by Danish company PlanEnergi, it also gives an opinion on future possibilities for solar district heating and cooling in Denmark and Europe.
Between 1996 and 2007, solar district heating plants were established in 6 locations around Demark, all financially supported by the Danish Energy Authority (DEA) or European Union (EU). The document reports on each installation in detail, and notes that big price reductions were observed over the period. This has meant that in 2008 and 2009, at least 3 new plants will have been built in Denmark, and all now without need for financial support from 3rd parties.
In the future, the report suggests that this proliferation will only increase. Looking to the future, it predicts that heat production will come mainly from renewable energy and “waste” heat from electricity regulation. District solar thermal heating is the most efficient solution for this and so will be increasingly employed across Europe.
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