Germans learn from Danish district heating

Denmark says it is dishing out tips on district heating – or as it is called in Danish, “fjernvarme” – to Germany. Yesterday the Danish Government announced a deal with the south-west […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Denmark says it is dishing out tips on district heating – or as it is called in Danish, “fjernvarme” – to Germany.

Yesterday the Danish Government announced a deal with the south-west German state of Baden-Württemberg to share its expertise on heat networks. Denmark hopes to export more Danish technology this way too.

More than two-thirds of Danes get their heat via district heating, according to its energy ministry, compared with only 12% of German homes.

Officials from Baden-Württemberg were on a fact-finding mission in Denmark to learn ways to tackle climate change and energy problems.

Rasmus Petersen, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building said: “German mechanics and electronics are in demand worldwide. But when it comes to district heating and energy efficiency, Denmark is among the absolute leader. Therefore, we are experiencing massive interest from countries around the world, including Germany.”

Central heat and power is cheap, effective and reliable method to produce electricity and heat buildings.