The summit covered a wide range of topics during the panel discussions, going from district heating and electrification, quick-wins for a fossil-free future to financing the heating transition and building trust with local communities. All underscoring the importance of collaborative efforts in achieving a greener and more energy efficient future.
ABB, proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the Summit, played a significant role in supporting the Summit’s objectives. Among the panel speakers was Peter Van Den Heede, Head of the Motion division in BeLux. Drawing from his experience and expertise in the sector, he was able to add value to the district heating and electrification topic, underlining opportunities in the challenges ahead. Additionally, Peter took the opportunity to present the project in the port of Esbjerg, Denmark, where ABB is contributing to the decarbonization of district heat supply near an UNESCO World Heritage area. This showed ABB’s continuous commitment and efforts for innovation in the district heating and cooling sector.
“To achieve a carbon-neutral society, the integration of flexible systems in both the thermal and electrical grids is crucial. Connecting both grids to a unified energy system would be ideal. Additionally, establishing links between Heat and Electricity through methods like power-to-heat, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or heat pumps brings synergies such as incorporating solar and wind energy, utilizing battery storage, and supporting charging stations”, says Peter Van Den Heede.
“Enhancing energy efficiency throughout the entire chain, with a potential reduction in heat and power losses of up to 50%, can be achieved through the use of high-efficiency motors and Ultra Low Harmonic (ULH) variable speed drives”, he adds.
Overall, the Euroheat and Power Summit in Brussels served as a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration through panel discussions and networking opportunities. This fostered a shared sense of responsibility among participants to drive innovation and contribute to a sustainable future through the heating transition.