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#18DEdays Programme

Tuesday 25 September 2018

9:00 – 13:30: DHC+ steering committee & Assembly (DHC+ Members only)
To attend this session, please register by following this link.

13:30 – 17:00 Technical Site Visits

16:00 – 17:30 Euroheat & Power Annual General Meeting – General Assembly (members only)

19:00 – 21:30 Get together at the city hall of Helsinki

City of Helsinki

Civic Reception courtesy of the Mayor Jan Vapaavuori of Helsinki and team.
Join us for a glass or two and light dinner at the City Hall ! The reception will be the first official event and will give you the opportunity to meet the other participants.

  • Mayor Jan Vapaavuori  (or representative)

Wednesday 26 September 2018

08:30 – 17:30 Registration desk open
09:00 – 09:45 Welcome Coffee & Business Exchange

09:45 – 12:00 Opening Ceremony

Master of Ceremony, followed by a performance not to be missed!


Welcome Address

– Werner Lutsch President, Euroheat & Power
– Jukka Leskelä Managing Director, Finnish Energy


– Kimmo Tiilikainen Finnish Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing

Panel: The District Energy Revolution


12:00 – 13:30 Lunch & Business Exchange

13:30 – 14:45 Parallel sessions

  • Society: Hometown Heat? What Role for DHC in Sustainable Cities?

    In a world where more and more people live in urban areas and heating and cooling continue to account for the largest share of energy demand, delivering green heating and cooling to our cities will be among the most important challenges within the overall energy transition. To those of us in the industry, DHC seems like a natural fit but how do the cities themselves feel about it? Are we delivering what they need? What could we do better/differently/more? A panel composed of city representatives and DHC operators will talk it all through.

  • Technology: Digitalisation and DHC: Is Tomorrow aready here?

    The world ‘digital’ appeared in an EHP programme for the first time ever in 2016. Just a year later, it is increasingly becoming part of the DHC sector’s daily vocabulary. Digitalisation is far more than a buzzword what does it really mean for operators and for customers? A panel of experts will try to move past the hype and present their visions and experience of how digital DHC is (and isn’t) changing our business.

  • Business: Now that the Customer is King!

    Not long ago, most energy providers used the word ‘load’ to describe whatever/whoever was at the end of their network but these days, the customer is king! More and more, the ability of DHC suppliers to provide their increasingly active, sophisticated and demanding customers/users with a high standard of service, transparency and user-friendliness is not just a rhetorical ambition but a basic precondition for their license to operate. How is our sector reacting to this change and what lessons are we learning along the way? Representatives from both sides of the meter will share their perspectives on new business models and customer care in the era of the smart buildings and smarter users.

  • Side Event brought to you by FORTUM: Heat Market of the future

    The megatrends that are influencing the energy sector impacts also the local heat markets, creating different operational and functional environment than the ‘traditional’ one. What conditions have to be shaped that district heating is able to further develop and create solution for improving air quality and energy efficiency in the cities? To be able to accommodate more renewables and utilising the available recovered (waste) heat? To provide customers with best heating supply solution, that is reliable, green and clean? The expert panel will try to address those issues and more, for the best possible future for district energy.

14:45 – 15:15 Refreshments & Business Exchange

15:15 – 16:30 Parallel sessions

  • Society: The Clean Energy Package: From EU Directives to National Law

    The finalisation of the clean energy package is only the end of the beginning. While the work may be wrapping up in Brussels, the process of transposing the new frameworks on renewables, buildings, market design and other important issues is still to be done. What are the most crucial issues for the DHC industry in this process and how will choices made by national governments affect the sector in practice. Experts with experience at both EU and national level will talk it through.

  • Technology: Making DHC Great Again! Upgrading Networks for High Performance

    Those of us in the business may be able to see the good in every DHC network but the truth is some perform better than others. What are the key factors that separate the great from the not so great? Which network renovation measures deliver the most bang per buck? Making reference to specific, documented cases, panellists will share innovative and effective strategies for delivering better networks and a better standard of service to both DHC users and the wider community.

  • Business: European Leadership in DHC?

    As cities and countries around the world begin to either discover or reimagine DHC and its role in the energy transition, how well placed are European companies to lead the way by exporting their products, services and knowledge across the globe? Where are the biggest opportunities? What are the main challenges? Speakers with hands on experience of doing DHC business around the world will share their stories, insights and advice.

  • Side Event brought to you by HELEN
  • 16:30 – 17:30 Young DHC Teaches Old Dogs New Tricks

The International DHC+ Student Awards: Launched in 2012, the DHC+ Student Awards highlight outstanding and original contributions to District Heating and Cooling related research, including economic and technological aspects of related energy sources, energy management, and the environmental consequences of energy utilisation.

Awards Ceremony Moderator: 

♦ 3rd place: GIS based analysis of the district heating potential in France

– Martin Leurent DAS/Itésé, CEA, Université Paris-Saclay, Laboratoire Génie Industriel, CentraleSupélec

♦ 2nd place: DHC supply and generation optimization towards 4th generation

– Nicolás Pérez de la Mora | University of Balearic Islands, Sampol Ingeniería y Obras 

♦ Winner – 1st place: Medium and long term probabilistic heat demand forecasting in district heating systems using temperature scenarios

– Ilias Dimoulkas KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

19.00 – 22.30 Evening Function at Pörssi


Thursday 27 September 2018

08:30 – 15:30 Registration desk open
08:30 – 09:00 Welcome Coffee & Business Exchange

09:30 – 10:30 Parallel sessions

  • Society: Cooling

    The dual phenomenon of urbanisation and increasing demand for comfort in the developing world and other regions with warm climates are set to move cooling from the margins to the centre of the energy debate in the coming years. What role can district cooling play in meeting the world’s rapidly increasing cooling needs in a sustainable manner? Where are the big opportunities and what challenges will our sector face? Speakers from a diverse range of countries will explain what they are doing to keep both people and the planet.

  • Technology: DHC and Renewable Energy: What’s the State of Play in Europe Today?

    The principle that DHC networks are a great route to market for renewables is now well established but how does this work in practice? In this session, following an overview of the role of renewables in European DHC today, experts involved in innovative projects designed to bring geothermal, solar thermal, biomass and wind power into district energy networks will present their work, sharing the successes and even the failures that have occurred along the way.

  • Finnish Track: Network Access Models

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshments & Business Echange

11:00 – 12:30 Parallel sessions

  • Technology: Let’s get Technical!

    Policy ambitions and regulatory frameworks are important but DHC remains a highly technical business and our networks will live or die by the quality of their performance. In this session, industry representatives will discuss a series of key operational challenges and present the innovative solutions they have identified.

  • Business: DHC and the World of Finance: Bridging the Gap

    Due to the capex heavy nature of the sector, discussions about the development of district energy tend to lead quickly to the challenge of funding the necessary investments. On one hand, we hear that the challenge is too big for local authorities to take on themselves. At the same time, it’s often said that DHC projects are too small (or too risky) to interest many institutional investors. In this session, representatives from the worlds of finance, government and industry will discuss these challenges and see what can be done to make DHC networks a more investable proposition. 

  • Finnish Track: City as the owner of DH business

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & Business Exchange

13:30 – 15:00 Parallel sessions

  • Society: DHC Blending in with Nature

    Cities are becoming greener, smarter and closer to nature by investing in the idea that a sustainable urban future is possible. Much of this change is built through the IoT, decarbonized buildings and nature-inspired facades. In this context, how DHC infrastructures will support tomorrow’s smart cities? How will DHC blend in with nature? Key experts in urban planning, architecture and private sector representatives will share the latest trends in the field and will discuss how DHC will benefit the environment and people’s quality of life a brand-new way. 

  • Business: Waste Heat and Cold: Closing the Loop

    In the 2016 Heating and Cooling Strategy and the new Renewable Energy Directive, the EU has put waste heat and cold in the spotlight and underlined the importance and potential value of district energy networks in the process. Yet despite the seemingly obvious appeal of putting this readily available resource to good use, uptake of waste heat and cold remains low for the moment. In this session, we will examine a number of successful cases with a view to learning lessons which can be applied on a wider scale.

  • Finnish Track: Latest news of technological development

15:00 – 16:00 Closure – Farewell party & Business Exchange



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