On Tuesday 24th September the world’s largest low temperature district heating network was inaugurated in Brunnshög, the sustainable future district in the northeast part of Lund, Sweden. Science Village Scandinavia’s conference facility Möllegården is now being heated with heat recovered from the research facility MAX IV Laboratory.

In the future, the entire district of Brunnshög will be heated by both MAX IV and ESS, i.e. the two research facilities in the area. District heating water with a temperature of 65 °C will also heat, among other things, the tram stops. There are many possibilities for using the low temperature district heating water for other innovative and climate-smart solutions.

To celebrate the opening of the new network and its first customer a panel discussion was organised, in which Ulrika Hallengren (CEO of real estate company Wihlborgs), Sezgin Kadir (CEO of Kraftringen), Ulrika Lindmark (CEO of Science Village Scandinavia AB) and Lars Leijonborg (former party leader and one of the negotiators who brought ESS to Lund) spoke with Johan Wester as moderator. It was an inspiring conversation with both local and global perspective and many experiences exchanged.

A summary of the mood of both the panel and the guests present was, that we can only build the sustainable city if all parties share a vision and a desire to strive forward and create something greater than the sum of their parts. The panel agreed that prestigious cooperation among themselves is the way forward, and also to share achievements and act as an inspiration and example for others.

For example, did you know that MAX IV is the only plant of its kind in the world where the heat energy generated by the process is recycled? Going forward, as the construction work at Brunnshög continues, the COOL DH project members will continue to be present and available to supply innovative sustainable energy solutions.

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