Distribution network

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Distribution network:  Safe, sustainable and scalable

A district energy network is extremely flexible and can be used to connect as few as 30-40 houses. This allows cities to grow an existing network as funding, planning and other opportunities become available.

Efficient operation of the district heating network requires that the entire value chain from generation, distribution and usage is designed and maintained to be optimum balance.

Danfoss’ many years of experience can help you with designing the optimal district heating network, whether you are starting from scratch or renovating an existing district energy network.

Network design

Optimal network design is key to an economically fit district energy network. Therefore we utilize the network thermo-hydraulic model to avoid over-designing and to verify capacity and impact on the whole network. This means that by installing proper control equipment you can benefit from network balancing and therefore lowering your initial investments. The control components and hydraulic model will also enable ∆T optimization which will ensure system efficiency and reduction of primary energy generation cost, as supply temperature will be optimized, and temperature and flow can be balanced in real time.

Planning the optimal fuel-mix

In heat production the utilization of various heat sources can be optimized by planning the optimal fuel-mix. District heating technology makes use of a wide variety of energy resources:

  • Boilers using conventional or renewable fuels such as biomass;
  • Heat from power generation such as a Combined Heat and Power plant;
  • Waste heat from industrial processes;
  • Energy generated from municipal waste incineration;
  • Natural heat sources such as solar, geothermal or wind. 

Responding to peak energy demand

Also when it comes to peak energy demand Danfoss can support you with expertise and production simulation to enable smart district energy production and distribution planning. This will secure maximum utilization of heat accumulation in buildings and networks.

How we can help you

Years of experience in building and maintaining district energy networks

Innovative technical solutions, optimization and performance

Product portfolio for district heating and cooling applications in networks and buildings

Consultancy and customer dedication

Experience with all types of initial energy sources

Global reach with strong local representation and know-how

Safety and reliability in cooperation

Distribution network: what are the benefits?

Distribution network: what are the benefits?

Related products

  • Ball valves- Danfoss
    Ball valves

    Ball valves enable on/off control of the building system connection. They create the sectioning of the system that enables service, maintenance and repairs to be carried out in sections, without shutting down or empyting the whole system.

  • Butterfly valves- Danfoss
    Butterfly valves

    Butterfly valves are the components that provide on/off regulation of the district heating, HVAC or water applications where limited space is available for components.

  • Motorised control valves and actuators- Danfoss
    Motorised control valves and actuators

    Motorised control valves ensure perfect control and efficiency for every building and application. Danfoss Motorised Control Valves (MCV) for district heating and cooling, HVAC and central heating systems ensure stable and accurate control of water, glycol mixtures and steam.

  • Brazed heat exchangers

    The performance and efficiency of the Brazed Plate Heat Exchanger (BPHE) have been proven through 30 years of constant development to ensureing high efficiency

  •  Substations- Danfoss

    Substations are house heating systems or units in apartments that handle heat transfer from district heating pipes into your home to get hot water and heat on demand.

Tools and apps

Case studies

  • Solar heating plant reduces CO2 emissions by 15,700 tonnes annually
    Solar heating plant reduces CO2 emissions by 15,700 tonnes annually

    The world’s largest solar heating plant in Silkeborg, Denmark harnesses energy to heat the homes and workplaces of 40,000 citizens. It supplies 18-20% of the annual heat consumption in the city of Silkeborg, Denmark, which has an ambitious target of CO2 neutrality in heat production by the year 2030.

  • Heating facility reconstruction in Kopaonik mountain resort, Serbia

    Building: Hotel
    Application: Hydronic balance, control and monitoring of a heating system
    Challenge: Improve the energy efficiency of old heating system
    Solution: Danfoss installed motorized control valves, hydronic balancing valves and electronic controllers with monitoring software

  • Renovation of a district heating network, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • District heating network in HafenCity, Hamburg, Germany

    The district heating supply in the new Hamburg city quarter "HafenCity" is a costeffective and sustainable solution amongst other supplied by Danfoss.