Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Sustainable District Heating

Overall Course Objectives

The objective of the course is
– to enable students to understand the role of district heating in Danish energy supply structure and the basic concepts in the district heating system,
– to provide the participants with the cutting-edge knowledge on the district heating technology development
– to perform in-depth system performance analysis of district heating network and in-house heating units.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the district heating system and the main components from heat production, heat distribution to in-house substation
  • Design low-temperature heating system in existing buildings
  • Identify different strategies to adapt the current district heating system for future low-temperature operation
  • Design and dimension district heating network and conduct hydraulic and thermal performance analysis
  • Evaluate the dynamic thermal performance of district heating pipes and substations
  • Perform thermal-economical analysis on district heating system
  • Contribute to the further development of low-temperature district heating system
  • Evaluate/design district heating system with flexibility on both production and demand sides
  • Compare different heat supply options as waste heat and renewable energy for low-temperature district heating
  • Set up reports on design of low-temperature heating systems and low-temperature district heating systems

Course Content

The course includes both basic concepts on district heating system component and their performance and the state-of-the-art knowledge on low temperature district heating for new and renovated low energy buildings. The course deals with the following topics:
– The role of district heating and its future perspective
– Major components in a district heating system from heat production, distribution to end users
– General concept of low temperature district heating
– District heating pipeline heat transfer characteristics
– District heating network hydraulic and thermal simulation
– In-house district heating units thermal performance
– Residential building supplied with low temperature district heating
– Current status on low temperature district heating in Denmark and internationally.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Lectures and work on assignments

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 10.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks


DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 41468
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 5
Semester end Week 19
Days Mon 8-12

7.500,00 DKK

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