100% RES District
heating & cooling
citizen ownership models
renewable energy sources
industry prosumer approach
building retrofitting planning
low-temperature DHC networks
industrial surplus heat
improvement of legal and
organisational framework


The SmartReFlex project aims to increase the development of smart and flexible district heating and cooling (DHC) systems based on a high percentage of renewable energy sources (RES) in European towns and cities. To reach this objective, a mixed project consortium was created, including regional authorities, DHC utilities and consultancy partners, with specific high-level skills in RES DHC and energy planning at local level.
6 regions in 4 countries (DE, IE, IT, ES) will implement legislative and organisational measures to promote high-RES DHC and will also benefit from the know-how transfer by Denmark. These measures include:

  • improvement in regional legislation, supporting the implementation of high-RES DHC;
  • integration of high-RES DHC in heat planning at regional and local level;
  • creation of cooperatively-owned companies to manage high-RES DHC systems;
  • study, planning and supporting of new high-RES DHC projects at local level.

In order to ensure these measures are implemented correctly:

  • a regional task force on high-RES DHC will be set up in each participating region;
  • ambitious capacity building activity will be carried out aiming to involve the key stakeholders in the regions and also at national level: technical staff and city planners from municipalities, other regional and local authorities in the country, technical and management staff from DHC utilities, DHC industry, technical designers, cooperative unions, consumer protection associations and the financial sector.

The targeted project results are:

  • improved policies at regional and local level for the promotion of RES DHC
  • regional task forces with 60 stakeholders actively involved
  • high level training seminars
  • new systems using a high percentage of renewable energy sources for district heating and cooling
  • replication cases of the SmartReFlex model beyond the project 

24.-25.11.2016 Workshop and site visits - "Renewable district heating and cooling" - Kolding (DK)

Workshop - site visits and Final Event of the SmartReFlex project

From 24th to 25th of November the final event of the EU-financed project „SmartReFlex“ take place in Kolding (DK). External participants are very welcome and the event is free of charge.

Besides the presentations of the key findings and experiences in the beginning of the first day, there will be room for discussion and debates. Focus is on further steps towards implementation, including financial support, as well as replication to other regions. Before the first day ends with a common dinner, two site visits will be provided.

  1. Vejen district heating plant. Consumer-owned, established in 1960. Straw boiler, wood chips boiler, surplus heat, heat pumps, gas and oil boilers.
  2. Hejnsvig district heating plant. Consumer-owned, established in 1992. Solar thermal, wood pellet boiler, natural gas engine, natural gas boiler.

On the second day, depended on the number of participants, two additional site visits will be provided.

  • District heating plant with solar thermal and seasonal heat storage (pit thermal energy storage)
  • District heating plant with solar thermal and heat pump.

Practical information

Start:      24.11.2016;   9.00h
End:        25.11.2016; 14.00h
Venue:    Fjernvarmens Hus, Merkurvej 7, 6000 Kolding, Denmark
Fee:        The event is free of charge
Sign up:  The registration is done by sending an e-mail to Kasper Jessen. The mail address, all required information and more details are listed in Initiates file downloadthis pdf file.




Project Coordinator

Mr. Riccardo Battisti
Ambiente Italia
Via Carlo Poerio 39,
20129 Milano (Italy)

Phone: +39 3939413523

Co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme of the European Union
01/03/2014 – 01/03/2017
contract no.
IEE/13/434/ SI2.674873