Countries such as Iceland and Denmark have achieved great success with their district heating projects and it’s expected that more of the world will follow their example in the future. Since the first installation in 1930, Iceland has been developing this system with an increasing emphasis on using the natural geothermal energy that they have in abundance. This has been extremely successful and now they can boast 61 district heating systems that serve more than 90% of the population with heating that is also 90% renewable – the exceptions being rural areas and individual homes that aren’t compatible with district heating due to their size or their isolation.
UK and Europe
In the UK, and Europe as a whole, installations have increased greatly in the last decade as more emphasis is being placed on creating low-emission alternatives. An example of this is the Heat Networks Investment Project that offers funding to local authorities to increase their district heating capacity. Due to the savings in cost and emissions, the goal of this is to produce between 15 and 18% of the nation’s heating from networks like this by 2050.
For these reasons, it seems inevitable that district heating will become more commonplace in the next decades. Offering increased efficiency with energy production which in leads to reduced carbon emissions, it provides an attractive alternative to conventional heating. As research into this field continues, these benefits will only continue to increase. Denmark is already upgrading their network to 4th generation district heating plants whilst research and development of 5th generation projects is already being looked into by many nations.
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