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District energy

District energy is a generic term for the central production and distribution of thermal energy for heating and/or cooling residential, commercial and institutional buildings, and for industrial processes. District energy systems have a number of overall benefits, including improved energy efficiency, enhanced environmental protection, ease of operation and maintenance as well as reliability, comfort and superior convenience for consumers. 
Installation of district heating pipes
District energy comprises three main elements:
  • A central energy plant that produces thermal energy. The central plant may also incorporate combined heat and power (CHP) plants.
  • A network of pre-insulated pipes to distribute the thermal energy from the central plant to buildings.
  • The interface with services at the building including space heating, domestic hot water services, cooling and process heat.
District Heating - strandvejen

Ramboll offers a full range of services on district energy projects from feasibility studies and planning to follow-up on operation and maintenance.

Our specialists in district energy, waste-to-energy, CHP, renewable energy and building installations work closely together to provide optimal use of heating and cooling sources. 

Gauge at district energy facility

District heating

Ramboll has provided consultancy services to more than 200 district heating companies worldwide. In some cases services have been provided to the same clients for more than 30 years. Our services cover all scales, from small village schemes to city-wide transmission networks. We are universally regarded as one of the most experienced district heating consultants in the world and one of the very few offering a full range of services.

Read more about our district heating services.

District cooling

Since the turn of the century Ramboll has provided specialist services to the district cooling sector. The first assignments were closely linked to our work for district heating companies, but this has gradually developed to more comprehensive district cooling consultancy. Today, we are internationally regarded as a highly competent and reliable partner for all types of district cooling projects.

Read more about our district cooling services.

Pipes at district energy facility

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Transporting Thermal Energy front page
District energy
Read about our engineering and consultancy services within district energy (online publication, opens in new window).
Image: BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group/Glessner and Amager Ressourcecenter
Feature article about district heating
Until now, no waste-to-energy plant in Denmark has used heat pumps to boost flue gas condensation and recover heat. No one believed it could be done cost-effectively, but the design team at Ramboll Energy had other ideas.


Tina Kramer Kristensen
Tina Kramer Kristensen
Director of Global Energy Systems Division
T+45 51618184
Jens Ole Hansen
Jens Ole Hansen
Global Market Director
T+45 5161 8591
Pernille M. Overbye
Pernille M. Overbye
Managing Director, Ramboll Canada
T+1 (289) 834 4426
M+45 5161 8460
Daniel Kelley
Daniel Kelley
General Manager of US Energy Operations
T+1 (207) 517-8258
M+1 (207) 956-1131