DHC networks: a key element for the energy refurbishment of our cities

FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

We concluded last year’s sector analysis with the hope that major district heating and cooling (DHC) projects would be taking place in Spain. One year on, we are pleased to see that several large installations have entered into operation over the course of 2018. One example is the DHC network in Txomin Enea, a new urban development on the banks of the Urumea River, promoted by the San Sebastian City Hall and the Basque Government. This new network, constructed and operated by the joint venture comprising Tecnocontrol Servicios and Ferrovial Servicios, covers at least 85% of its energy demand using biomass, backed up during peak hours and technical stoppages by natural gas. With a 7.4 MW output, 3 km in length and the capacity to supply 1,500 homes, Txomin Enea is positioned as one of the leading networks in the Basque Country…By Ignacio Arenales Saul, Assistant to the Secretary General of ADHAC, the Spanish Association of DHC Networks.