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Swedish District Heating - a System in Stagnation?
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (TEVS)
2010 (English)In: Conference proceedings 3rd International Scientific Conference on“Energy systems with IT” at Alvsjö fair in association with Energitinget March 16-17 2010 / [ed] Erik Dahlquist, Mälardalen University and Jenny Palm, Linköping University, Sweden, 2010, 1-23 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Swedish district heating is an old and established heating system. The first municipality owned system was built in 1948 and since then there have been a relatively stable expansion of the system. In this paper I will use statistics and interviews to discuss from a Large Technical System-perspective whether district heating is heading towards a phase of stagnation. The aim of the paper is to analyse whether Swedish district heating is heading towards stagnation and discuss the strategies used by the energy companies to avoid stagnation. The focus is on a national level, although with interviews from the largest energy companies in Stockholm. The results show that internal and external factors influence that a stagnating trend is started and can be expected to continue. The external trends are more energy efficient buildings, competition, saturated markets and climate change. The internal are business strategies and pricing leading to a demand for Third Part Access. The strategies used to avoid a stagnation is changing markets by building combined heat- and power plants, trying to expand into new markets such as district cooling, using district heating in householdappliances, absorption cooling and using district heating in industrial processes.

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2010. 1-23 p.
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64465ISBN: 978-91-977493-6-7OAI: diva2:391664
Energitinget 2010
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2011-02-02

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