Super insulation material in district heating pipes
Paper i proceeding, 2018

In Swedish district heating systems, 10% of the produced energy is lost at the distribution network. It is of interest to lower the energy losses both for economic and environmental reasons. Since 2011 the feasibility of using superinsulation material for insulation of the district heating pipes were studied. Apparent thermal conductivity and long term performance of vacuum panels has been identified has the crucial challenge for using vacuum insulation panels.
The estimated life time of a vacuum panel in building applications at 90 °C is about 50 years. The life time estimation is based on the climate condition valid for building application. However, peak temperature in a district heating system can be about 140°C. Hybrid insulated pipes with a Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP) have been tested and evaluated by laboratory and field measurements. The results of numerical analyses of the measured
data indicate a possible small degradation of the VIP at a similar rate as building application, even though the operative temperature is between 80-100 °C. In the laboratory a hybrid insulated pipe has withstood exposure to one sided heating at 115°C for over 5 years. The results indicate that hybrid insulated district heating pipes reduce heat losses by 20-30% for a twin pipe and with more than 50% in a single pipe. It can be concluded that VIP shows promising performance in district heating pipe applications.

Vacuum insulation panels

district heating pipe

long-term performance

heat losses


Bijan Adl-Zarrabi

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsteknologi

IBPC 2018 Proceedings

7th International Building Physics Conference, IBPC2018
Syracuse, USA,



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