European Solar Thermal Industry Federation

 

In the wake of the Winter Package launched by the European Commission on November 2016, the European renewable energy associations community decided to unite around the #RenEUable initiative which shines a light on one of the EU’s greatest achievements – Europe’s renewable energy industries – by promoting its successes. Discover every week new stories that show that RenEUable !

 67%

of natural gas used in the EU is imported (Eurostat. 2016). Renewable heating and cooling can reliably replace the use of imported gas in buildings. 

How Denmark & Lithuania fix the gas leak

 

                                           Marstal

Marstal, Denmark: Improving energy security by combining renewables

Solar thermal technologies have already shown they can drastically reduce gas dependency on a large scale.

In Marstal, Denmark, a hybrid project combining solar thermal with other RES technologies is suitable to fully cover a district heating needs and serve 1460 people. 

In 2014, this project had already replaced the equivalent of 1 200 000 m³ of natural gas, which represents the volume of 48 Olympic-size swimming pools. 

Similar projects are being built all over Denmark: a great step toward less dependency on our fossil fuel imports.

                                           Kaunas

Kaunas, Lithuania district heating network, a step towards energy security 

 

Kaunas Energy, the second largest heating company in Lithuania, is increasing energy security by shifting to renewable district heating networks. 

Kaunas Energy, supplies 20% of Lithuanian heat through services to municipalities’ district heating networks displacing Russian gas. 

The district heating system of Kaunas provides heat to 118,000 people, operating three biomass boilers for a total capacity of 70 MW, corresponding to the use of 218.000 tons of wood chips. 

The biomass-based boilers of Kaunas Energy are expected to produce 480 GWh of thermal energy per year, thereby avoiding the use of a significant quantity of gas and oil annually. 

For a country like Lithuania, the close proximity to Russia makes being energy independent essential. Bioenergy provides an alternative to Russian gas imports. 

 

 

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