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Congress Programme

Sunday 26 May 2013

19.00 Welcome reception

The welcome reception will be the first official event of the congress and will give you the opportunity to meet already the other participants.
This event is kindly hosted by:

During the welcome reception registered participants can visit the Waste Incineration & District Heating and Cooling System Spittelau

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Monday 27 May 2013

09.45 – 10.30 Opening Session

Euroheat & Power’s President will welcome all participants while Marc H. Hall, Board Director of Wiener Stadtwerke, will present the District Heating and Cooling system of Vienna.

 10.30 – 12.00 Panel Debate: Energy and energy efficiency – how to keep comfort affordable?

Lack of heating and cooling comfort means significantly reduced quality of life and negative impact on health. The panel will debate how to address the fundamental issue of soaring fuel costs versus financing of efficiency investments in line with the EU’s 2050 target of almost no-carbon energy supply.

Moderator:  Roger Harrabin, International Journalist & Broadcaster & Environment Analyst

  • Karin Kadenbach, Member of the European Parliament
  • Eva Hoos, European Commission
  • Laura Vanhué, EFREE – Expert EU financing
  • Bernd Vogl, City of Vienna
  • Robert Grüneis, Fernwärme Wien
  • Gabriele Krater, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy, Building, Housing and Transport of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Birger Lauersen, Vice-President Euroheat & Power

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Euroheat & Power General Assembly

14.00 – 15.30 Plenary Session: On the Road to 2050 – and on the Right Track?

Secure, competitive, low-carbon – these shall be the key attributes of energy supply and use in the coming decades. While the energy performance of buildings increases, which role will District Heating and Cooling play beyond 2020? The session will provide insight in scenarios and forecasts as background for discussions on the second day.

Moderator: Graham Meeks, CHPA

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 – 17.30 The International DHC+ Student Awards

Launched in 2012, the DHC+ Student Awards highlight outstanding and original contributions to District Heating and Cooling (DHC) related research, including scientific and technological aspects of related energy sources, energy management, and the environmental consequences of energy utilisation. The session features award-winning presentations.

Moderator: Ulrika Jardfelt, Svensk Fjarrvarme

19.30 – 22.30 Evening event - Viennese Heurigen

Join us to enjoy a lively evening at the Heurigen with the most beautiful Wienerlieder and operetta melodies. And of course some Austrian wine, food…
This event is kindly sponsored by:

Attention: Buses depart from Marriott Vienna at 18.30
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Tuesday 28 May 2013

08.30 – 09.00 Welcome coffee

09.00 – 10.30 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session: Smart City, Smart DHC

The smart city sessions will carry forward and deepen aspects addressed in the plenary on Day I.
Smart and innovative cities make the best of their collective intelligence to learn, adapt and improve the urban environment. Information and communication technology (ICT) and temperature flexibility will be important features for DHC to deliver its contribution. Session A will investigate the role of DHC in the smart city and possibilities with new DHC concepts.

Moderator: Jari Kostama, Finnish Energy Industries

Parallel Session: Nurturing Relations with the Customer

Nurturing relationships by engaging customer in meaningful ways inspires interest and loyalty, this session will show highlight some case studies and best practices. Learn about how to build compelling and easily understood messages for the customer, how to communicate about complex issues in a way to create sustainable client relations, how to effectively answer questions from the customers.

Moderator: Roel Kaljee, Vereniging Energie-Nederland

Parallel Session: Smart TechARENA part I

The session features new product developments from our exhibitors and sponsors.

Moderator: Urs Bollhalder, Brugg

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 Parallel Sessions and Workshops

Parallel Session: Smart Cities, Sustainable Housing

Expectations on the energy performance of the future building stock, including refurbished existing buildings, are high. Which scenarios are realistic and what do they imply for the future of District Heating and Cooling grids?

Moderator: Heidi Juhler, Norsk Fjernvarme

Parallel Session: Cool Projects

Many District Heating companies have become comfort providers, supplying customers not only with heat but also cooling. The session features reports on experiences with a variety of well-known and new cooling concepts and provides the opportunity to exchange with experts.

Moderator: Peter Jurik, FGW, Fachverband der Gas – und Waermeversorgungsunternehmen

 Parallel Session: Smart TechARENA part II

The session features new product developments from our exhibitors and sponsors.

Moderator: Paul Voss, Danfoss

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Parallel Sessions and Workshops

Parallel Session: Smart City, Smart DHC Regulation

The smart city concept relies on citizens’ participation and interaction between a variety of urban actors, entailing new expectations on the way District Heating is regulated. Session I will investigate experiences, ideas, possibilities, and constraints.

Moderator: Marko Riipinen, Helsinki Energy

Parallel Session: Roundtable – project (DHC+ Technology Platform) Integration of Renewable Sources

The session builds on the outcomes of the 2012 Annual Conference which had focussed on renewable heating and cooling. It features case-studies from around the world showcasing the successful integration of renewables in DHC networks.

Moderator: Simone Landolina, RHC-Platform

15.00 – 16.00 Closing Remarks and Farewell Drinks Reception

What We Have Learned and How to Re-act?
To close the Congress, we will look back over the last two days highlighting what has been learned, what obstacles remain to be overcome and what action points can be taken away from the 36th Euroheat & Power Congress
  • Frédéric Hug, President, Euroheat & Power

Wednesday 29 May 2013

08.30 – 13.30 Technical Visit District Heating Heiligenkreuz

Heiligenkreuz Abbey has the oldest biomass plant in Lower Austria. In 1983 the decision was taken to establish a central heating plant at the sawmill. Gradually extensions were developed, so that today the abbey does not only supply heat to their building, but also all communes public buildings as well as 50 single-family houses with district heating.

09.30 – 12.30 Technical Visit Biomass CHP Plant Vienna Simmering

Experience the biggest forest-biomass power plant in Austria and find out everything about the electrical and heat supply of Vienna. The biomass power plant Vienna Simmering is one of the most modern and environment-friendly plants world-wide. You will visit the facility and enjoy a film.

10.00 – 12.15 Technical Visit to AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology

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You will tour through different AIT laboratories.
The solar thermal and heat pumps laboratories, high level infrastructure for analysis, measurement and testing of solar collectors (up to 250°C) and various heat pumps (W/W and B/W up to 100kW, A/W up to 40kW), the photovoltaic and SmartEST Laboratories for Smart Grids and last but not least you will see the ENERGYbase: an international cutting-edge office building in terms of energy efficiency (primary energy demand: 54 kWh/m²a) and use of renewable energies (nearly 100% heating & cooling from renewable energy sources).

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