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Heat gets smart in Aarhus

By Kaj Leonhart Petersen, M.Sc.Eng., senior energy planner and a partner in Danish consultancy EC Network
At the end of 2014
the City of Aarhus, incorporated into the gas and Research Centre and Directorate-
Denmark, signed district heating grids as part of an General for Energy). http://www.
the last contract with integrated smart energy system.
Denmark has extremely well meetings/1286

the meter supplier Kamstrup to developed district heating and

complete the rolling-out of smart gas grids and therefore there ROLLING OUT “SMART
heat meters to 53,000 district is a good basis to exploit the AARHUS”
heating customers by 2017. synergies between the different Today, district heating in Aarhus

This is part of the city’s planned types of energy and grid. covers 95 % of the total need

intelligent energy system, for heating in the city. By 2015,

contributing to the goal of As regards district heating the 100 % of the heat production

becoming CO2 neutral in 2030. smart heat meter project in the will be based on carbon-neutral
City of Aarhus is one of the front biofuel and waste, helping the

Denmark has set the goal to runner projects. To learn further City of Aarhus to be CO2 neutral
get a society without use of about this project ManagEnergy in 2030. This solution is part of

fossil fuels in 2050 and be 100% visited Aarhus in 2013 to hold the future on an overall intelligent

based on renewable energy. a workshop on cost effective energy system and demonstrates

The smart grid is an important metering (in cooperation with the thinking behind the

part of this strategy, to allow for the European Commission’s Joint initiative “Smart Aarhus”, where

greater exploitation of electricity Kaj Leonhart Petersen
generated by renewable

energy sources and encourage

consumers to use energy more


system has a very high share
of renewable generation. The
wind power generation is equal
to more than 39% of the Danish
electricity demand (2014), and is
planned to reach 50% penetration
in 2020.

In 2013, the Danish Ministry of
Climate, Energy and Building
published its strategy setting
the course for development of
a smart grid. A key element of
the strategy is the deployment
of hourly read meters to all
consumers in 2020. In 2013, smart
electricity meters were installed
for about 50% of consumers.
This accounts for about 75% of
electricity consumption.

The smart grid will also be
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