A shining example
The development of solar heating used for district heating in Denmark has to a large extent been influenced by the development of solar heating on the little Danish island, Ærø. On this island there is no access to natural gas, meaning that other energy sources had to be explored.
"Ærø is a good example of how the future energy supply could look in Denmark. In the long run it wouldn't be sensible to be dependent on the supply of natural gas. And the amount of available biomass is limited, and therefore has to be used with care," says Flemming Ulbjerg.
Marstal District Heating has for several years been the worlds' largest solar heating facility with 18,000 m2 of solar heating panels. There are plans to double this area to approximately 35,000-40,000m2 in total.