Fifty years of experience …
Although the first trials with district heating date back to the 19th century, modern district heating systems were not introduced in Sweden until shortly after World War II. District heating developed rapidly in Sweden for several reasons. The cold climate, the high degree of hot water-based central heating systems, the extensive housing programme and the ability of the energy industry to find new and efficient solutions to the changing conditions, all contributed to the expansion of district heating. As Sweden’s large hydropower resources were almost fully utilised at the time, combined heat and power plants seemed a feasible solution. Stricter environmental regulations, as well as efforts to reduce Sweden’s dependence on imported oil through energy efficiency and fuel flexibility, were other factors that paved the way for district heating expansion. Swedish cities have also begun investing in district cooling systems for the same reasons of economy efficiency, and environmental protection. District cooling technology from Sweden can be applied in all parts of the world. … put Sweden in the lead Today Sweden is one of the leading district heating countries in the world with annual heat deliveries totaling about 40 TWh. On average, every Swede consumes 4,500 kWh of heat from district heating systems per year. Many parties were involved in the development of district heating in Sweden. R&D organisations, independent consultants, equipment manufacturers, as well as operators all represented in SweHeat, can now offer their experience and products in the international market.
... also outside Sweden Swedish
district heating technology and know-how have been transferred to other parts of the world for decades. Eastern and central Europe, with their own tradition in district heating, have in recent years been assisted by many of the SweHeat companies in modernising and extending their networks and heating plants. In North America, Swedish expertise has been used in the planning and operation of several district heating and cooling systems. In China, Swedish technology is being applied in the manufacture of insulated pipes, as well as in a number of recent district heating projects. In many foreign markets, including the extremely competitive German market, Swedish district heating products are selling well. Swedish consultants are well experienced to carry out feasibility analysis of district heating systems and have been involved in several projects for, or financed by, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank. There are also Swedish sources of support and credits, and SweHeat can advise you on the best financing arrangement.