District Heating in Aalborg

The implementation of 4th generation district heating technologies is a key part of Aalborg’s energy strategy and a fundamental move towards a fossil fuel free future.


Aalborg has decades of experience within district heating and the unique collaboration between industry, universities and the public sector has created a strong foundation for further development. The solutions created in Aalborg is ready to be implemented in other cities and countries in the world. 

Led by Aalborg research the project 4DH was launched to unleash the huge potential within 4th generation district heating and the creation of cost-effective sustainable energy systems for green growth in Europe.

Grid integration, sector coupling and utilization of excess heat can be a key to the green transition. 

The 4DH Research Centre

4DH is an international research centre developing 4th generation district heating technologies and systems.

The centre is working within the three areas of district heating: Grids and components, Production and system integration and Planning and implementation.

The district heating sector has a significant potential for green growth and with a district heating share of 50% and a large export of district heating technology, Denmark is a pioneer within the area.  

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Aalborg University

The key to a world class workforce and pioneering research

Aalborg University is awarded the best engineering university in Europe and one of the research missions of the university is defined as Electrification and Energy Integration.

The research mission is about the creation of a stronger link between of all kinds of energy systems across electricity, heating and cooling, gas, transportation and water - utilizing the power of citizens to contribute to energy transition, increasing the flexibility of the overall energy system, and using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

Researchers at Aalborg University include: Frede Blaabjerg, Lasse Rosendahl, Henrik Lund, Søren Knudsen Kær, Brian Vad Mathiesen, Mads Pagh Nielsen and Zhe Chen.

 

The University Research Groups commited to Electrification and Energy Integration are:


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Nordjyllandsværket

A green living lab

The area around Nordjyllandsværket is being transformed into a massive test and demonstration center within green water and energy solutions of the future.

The area where the power plant is located, amounts to approx. 90 hectares and the city is preparing the area to house facilities for research, testing and development of new technologies.

One of the larger projects to be established at the site is a power-to-x plant, which is to produce green methanol made from captured CO2, green electricity and water. 

The ambition is to create a sustainable, vibrant environment with a focus on synergy, partnerships and resource sharing and the testing of new forms of energy, such as solar and wind energy, excess heat, geothermal energy, fuel cells and heat pumps.

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Reasons to Invest

  • 400 companies within the energy sector.
  • 400 energy researchers at Aalborg University (AAU).
  • AAU ranks as the best university in Europe within Engineering.
  • AAU is world leading in the field of power electronics where Professor Frede Blaabjerg resides. He's the most cited researcher within engineering publications in the world.
  • World class researchers and companies within the production and application of methanol and fuel cells.
  • Home to Green Hub Denmark that provides green test facilities and access to a huge network across sectors.


The companies say:

Circular first in Aalborg


With headquarters in London and divisions in San Francisco and Manchester, the Circular First Group was looking to establish a division in mainland Europe. Meet the Managing Director and learn why Aalborg turned out to be the optimum place for them.
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The Aalborg history lives on in Alfa Laval


In the Port of Aalborg's old shipyard area, you’ll find one of the largest maritime companies in Denmark. Alfa Laval Aalborg develops and manufactures a wide range of equipment for ship and land industry worldwide.
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Aalborg csp - Aalborg equals Green Energy


Outside the danish borders, the Aalborg city name is completely recognizable in the energy industry - especially in green energy and the company Aalborg CSP has contributed to this narrative.
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Meet Søren Kuch Svenningsen

Investment Manager, Invest in Aalborg

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Søren is your green point of contact and he can help you build a solid sustainable business case - utilizing the strong green forces within the North Danish region. Søren has an engineering background, which will secure you a solid technical foundation and understanding.  


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