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“Young DHC teach old dogs new tricks” for the 5th consecutive year

The Young Generation

The Young Generation

2017 saw the 5th edition of our flagship Education & Training initiatives – DHC+ Student Awards and DHC+ Summer School.

5 years in a row, we continue receiving original research papers on district heating and cooling from students all over the world. The research topics chosen by participants highlight the biggest trends in the district energy field. Therefore, it’s interesting to see that research on simulation and optimisation of district heating systems, modeling of CHP plants, as well as integration of solar thermal systems in existing district heating systems won the competition this year. Gerald Schweiger (AEE Intec, Technical University Graz), Michał Leśko (Warsaw University of Technology) and Carlo Winterscheid (Chalmers University of Technology) presented their winning papers at the Euroheat & Power Congress in Glasgow. The session “Young DHC Teach Old Dogs New Tricks” was broadcasted live on YouTube and has since then been viewed over 400 times!

For the fifth time, the DHC+ Summer School brought together students and young professionals from all around Europe for an exciting week of lectures, site visits and networking on DHC. This year, the Summer School was hosted by our member EnergyVille in Genk (BE). Although in Belgium the market share of district heating is barely 1%, there is a high interest and commitment to develop 4th generation district heating networks that could provide a full alternative to gas networks and support the transition towards a more sustainable future. In the framework of group work, participants of the Summer School explored local synergies and proposed sound concepts for developing 4DH based on renewables and excess heat in or nearby Genk.

For more information on what’s coming in 2018 check http://studentawards.dhcplus.eu/ and http://summerschool.dhcplus.eu