Industry Workshop: Demand response and digitalization of demand side in district heating and cooling systems.

September 15, 2022, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM UTC+2
AAU Science & Innovation Hub (SIH)
Thomas Manns Vej 21, room C104, 9220 Aalborg

Digital technologies combined with integration of buildings in the network operation are believed to make the whole energy system smarter, more efficient, and reliable and to boost the efficiency and the share of renewables in the system. In the future, digital applications might enable district energy systems to fully optimize their plant and network operation while empowering the end consumer via demand response actions. The workshop is a joined initiative of IEA EBC Annex 84 and IEA DHC TS4 (TS4 webpage)

Aim of the Workshop: 

  • to discuss the role of demand response and digitalization of the demand side as key in the green transition of DHC systems 
  • to present activities, challenges, and solutions from the industry perspective,
  • to get an impression of current commercial solutions


8.30: Coffee and testing of technical connections
8.45-9.00: Introduction into the Workshop (Michele Tunzi), Introduction to IEA Annex TS4 (Dietrich Schmidt), Introduction to IEA EBC Annex 84 (Anna Marszal-Pomianowska)

Block 1 – Digitalization of demand side: meter and submeters in heating systems in buildings
9.00: Steen Schelle Jensen, Kamstrup: "Digitalisation of the demand side - the importance of digitalization to ensure optimal functioning heat installations and building in a 4DH low-temperature context”
9.15: Brunata (Carsten Larsen)
9.30: ISTA (Jens Lunding)
9.45: Open Discussion for block 1

Block 2 – Digitalization of demand side: substations, hydraulics, and improved control
10.00: Szabolcs Nagy, Grundfos: “Temperature and Pressure Optimization in District Heating with Demand-Response”
10.15: Danfoss (Oddgeir Gudmundsson)
10.30: Neogrid (to be confirmed)
10.45: Kiona (Bjarne Mølgaard)
11:00: Open Discussion for block 2
11.15: Break

Block 3 – Digitalization of demand side: district heating operators and house associations
11.30: Aalborg Forsyning (Christian Byrjalsen)
11.45: Tom Diget, Viborg Varme: “The road to Digitalization, and usage of customer data for optimization”
12.00: Himmeland Boligforening (Sven Buch)
12.15: Discussion block 3
12:20: Break
12:30: Overall Discussion
12:50 Final remarks (from us and Aalborg Forsyning as they are hosting the event)


Attendees may attend free of charge

Registration link to on-line/on-site participation: LINK

Registration is required by 7th of September 2022 (end of working day)