Solar District Heating and Cooling - A review
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2017

Summary Both district heating and solar collector systems have been known and imple- mented for many years. However, the combination of the two, with solar collec- tors supplying heat to the district heating network, is relatively new, and no comprehensive review of scientific publications on this topic could be found. Thus, this paper summarizes the literature available on solar district heating and presents the state of the art and real experiences in this field. Given the lack of a generally accepted convention on the classification of solar district heating systems, this paper distinguishes centralized and decentralized solar district heating as well as block heating. For the different technologies, the paper describes commonly adopted control strategies, system configurations, types of installation, and integration. Real‐world examples are also given to provide a more detailed insight into how solar thermal technology can be integrated with district heating. Solar thermal technology combined with thermally driven chillers to provide cooling for cooling networks is also included in this paper. In order for a technology to spread successfully, not only technical but also eco- nomic issues need to be tackled. Hence, the paper identifies and describes dif- ferent types of ownership and financing schemes currently used in this field.

decentralized collector field

district heating and cooling

block heating

solar district heating

solar energy

centralized collector field


Nicolas Perez-Mora

Federico Bava

Martin Andersen

Chalmers, Bygg- och miljöteknik, Installationsteknik

Chris Bales

Gunnar Lennermo

Christian Nielsen

Simon Furbo

Victor Martíinez-Moll

International Journal of Energy Research

0363-907X (ISSN)

Vol. 2017 1 - 23


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