On 24 October, the 2017 Global District Energy Climate Awards were revealed during the International District Cooling and Heating Conference in Qatar. The finalists were selected from cities and communities across the globe which demonstrate local district energy leadership in providing clean and sustainable energy solutions.
Launched in 2009 by Euroheat & Power together with the International Energy Agency and the International District Energy Association, the Global District Energy Climate Awards aim to generate broader awareness, greater adoption and strengthen the importance of district energy and the movement towards clean, sustainable energy solutions.
And the winners are...
Emerging market – category highlighting the successful implementation of a district energy system in a country that does not yet have an established market: Torrelago District Heating | Laguna de Duero, Valladolid (Spain). A complete retrofitting of the Torrelago district, combined the buildings’ façade renovation with an upgrade of the district heating system which now integrates renewable energy and smart control solutions. This integrated demand and supply approach leads to 50% energy savings in the district.
Expansion – category awarding the district energy system that expanded to a new area or sector with excellence, delivering significant benefits to stakeholders: Tartu DHC System | Tartu, Estonia. During its continuous evolution, the system has integrated renewable energy and smart meters, welcomed new customers and developed the first district cooling network in the Baltics and Eastern Europe.
Modernisation – category recognising the district energy system that had the most positive impact in terms of effectiveness and efficiency after implementing technical, managerial, or operational modernisation aspects: ‘Salaspils Siltums’ | Salaspils, Latvia. Since 2010, the district heating company serving households, municipal institutions and business customers in the cities of Salaspils and Saulkalne has improved energy efficiency, diversified its fuel sources and introduced automatic control and remote data reading systems.
New scheme – category awarding the vision of a new, highly energy-efficient district energy system: Lusail City District Cooling | Lusail City, Qatar. On the way to becoming one of the largest in the world, the Lusail City district cooling system envisions four district cooling plants, built in multiple phases to provide the entire development with chilled water for its cooling needs. Compared to conventional cooling approaches, district cooling will save 35% to 45% energy, and with less power being consumed, fewer pollutants will be emitted.
“Out of the box” – category recognising significant innovation in district energy: District Heating to Ships | Gothenburg, Sweden. Through a ground-breaking demonstration project, the Stena Line-owned passenger ship Stena Danica is now connected to the local district heating grid when it arrives to port in Gothenburg instead of being heated by the light oil-fired boilers previously used. It is a new application for district heating, reducing the ship’s CO₂ emissions by as much as 60%, SOx and NOx emissions by more than 90%, as well as significantly reducing noise levels in the neighbourhood.
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