The Celsius Forerunner Groups: communities for cities driving the energy transition.
Don’t re-invent the wheel!

With a systemic approach and based on peer-to-peer support, these groups work as sounding boards for
cities to facilitate the planning and implementation of smart and sustainable heating and cooling solutions.
Cities with similar challenges gather around a common topic to discuss with each-other, and with supporting
experts, possible solutions to the issues raised by the selected spearhead city. The purpose is to help cities
properly plan and implement robust, smart, and sustainable heating and cooling solutions. Avoiding failuresthat may seriously damage the reputation and perception of heating and cooling solutions.

 

 

 

To join one or several Forerunner Groups, please get in touch at celsius@johannebergsciencepark.com.

To join as a Guest expert to help cities address specific heating & cooling-related challenges, please fill out this Celsius call for experts.

Take part of the webinar from 13 September 2021: The Kick-off of the fall 2021 edition of the Celsius Forerunner Groups
Here you get a short introduction to Celsius together with presentations of the five forerunner groups. Thomas Nowak from EHPA (European Heat Pump Association) did also have a presentation on the development of heat pumps in energy systems during this webinar.

 

Financing: helping cities connect with investors to finance their heating and cooling projects. This
group is organised in collaboration with the Smart Cities Marketplace.
Waste Heat: facilitating waste heat recuperation from urban environments.
LTDH: supporting cities with mature district energy networks transition to 4th and 5th generation
systems.
Fossil Free: removing fossil-fuels as energy sources in district energy networks.
Cooling: deploying efficient and sustainable cooling systems.

Involved Stakeholders

  • Forerunner cities are the member cities participating in these groups, learning from each-others experience and contributing with their own perspectives to the common dialogue. 
  • The Spearhead City is the city whose project we focus on during a selected period. 
  • Base experts participate in every meeting, helping the spearhead city identify and address key challenges. 
  • Guest experts participate in meetings that best suit their expertise. They may give a short presentation on the subject and engage in the discussion with the spearhead and forerunner cites. 
  • Keynote listeners: 

The Benefits

  • For the forerunner cities: get inspiration and live insight into best practices from fellow smart cities, supporting their energy transition leading to a decreased carbon footprint.
  • For the spearhead city: hands on support from leading experts in the field and from fellow cities facing the similar challenges. In addition to maximizing the likeliness of properly implementing complex infrastructural projects.
  • For the experts: possibility to support the adequate deployment of smart and sustainable heating and cooling solutions and improving the reputation of these types of solutions across Europe.

Different roles – different benefits

Different groups – different focus

Meeting Schedule for the spring of 2022

 

 

 

Fossil Free

Purpose: removing fossil-fuels as energy sources in district energy networks. 

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Wednesday 9/3

RES into the heat network

Wednesday 30/3 

Geothermal DHC

Wednesday 4/5

Future of gas CHP

Wednesday 1/6

Environmental and Carbon markets challenges

 

Waste Heat 

Purpose: facilitating waste heat recuperation from urban environments. 

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Wednesday 23/3 Original urban heat sources
Wednesday 11/5 Heat source prioritisation
Wednesday 25/5 Seasonal Thermal Storage
Wednesday 8/6 Engaging with waste heat owners

 

LTDH

Purpose: supporting cities with mature district energy networks transition to 4th and 5th generation systems. 

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Wednesday 23/3  Original urban heatsources
Wednesday 27/4  Heat source prioritisation
Wednesday 25/5 Seasonal Thermal Storage
Wednesday 29/6 Stakeholder engagement to lower the temperature

 

 

Cooling

Purpose: deploying efficient and sustainable cooling systems. 

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Wednesday 16/3  Award winning DHC
Wednesday 13/4  Cool technological solutions
Wednesday 18/5  Customer engagement to improvingefficiency

 

Financing

Purpose: helping cities connect with investors to finance their heating and cooling projects in collaboration with the Smart Cities Marketplace.

May/June TBC

 Sessions for all forerunner cities specifically focused upon those working on the finance issues of your organisation. Please get in contact on the email provided to register your interest.

 

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