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 fall of 2021

 

 

 

Financing

 

 

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

Spearhead City: TBC 

Forerunner Cities: Vilnius (Lithuania) 

Base experts: Jorge Rodrigues de Almeida (RDA)  Eelco Kruizinga (DNVGL) , Gabriele Pesce (Euroheat & Power)

Tentative Schedule: 

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Monday 13/9  – 14:00 CET 

General kick-off with all of the forerunner groups

 

Thursday 23/9  – 14:00 CET 

Explore: Creating a climate-neutral and smart city (vision and plan) 

  • The Smart Cities Guidance Package (SCGP) checklist  
Thursday 14/1014:00 CET 

Shape: Addressing financing aspects during preparation of the plans 

  • Finance vs funding 
  • Risk analysis 
  • Business models considerations 

Thursday 11/11  – 14:00 CET 

 

Shape: taking the investor’s perspective – making the plan fit for sustainable finance 

  • What investors want to see 
  • Identifying the gaps for bankability  
  • Due diligence process 

Thursday 2/1214:00 CET 

 

Deal: Conclusions and selecting next spearhead city 

  • Lessons learned  
  • Evaluation review 
  • Candidate presentations 
  • Selecting next spearhead city 

 

 

 

Fossil Free

 

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

Spearhead City: N/A 

Forerunner Cities: REGEA (Croatia), Rijeka (Croatia), Innsbruck (Austria), Vukovar (Croatia) & Belgrade (Serbia) 

Base experts: Henrik Bristav (RISE), Lars Larsson (Celsius) & Aksana Krasatsenka (Euroheat & Power) 

Tentative Schedule:  

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Monday 13/9  – 14:00 CET  General kick-off with all of the forerunner groups 
Tuesday 28/9 14:00 CET

Policy & planning – Incentives & action plans 

  • Heat Zoning 
  • Bottom-up approach – how city policies can influence the national approach. 
  • National recovery plans 
Tuesday 2/11 – 14:00 CET

Building side optimisation 

  • Building retrofitting 
  • Removing individual gas boilers 
  • DHC development & synergies 
  • Substation upgrade 
Tue 23/11 14:00 CET 

Variable pricing models  

Using pricing to compete with fossil fuels. 

  • Lowering prices during the summer vs. turning off the network (?) 
  • Pricing incentives to optimise the return temperature.  

Tue 7/12 14:00 CET 

 

Conclusions and 
selecting next spearhead city 

 

  • Lessons learned  
  • Evaluation review 
  • Candidate presentations 
  • Selecting next spearhead city 

 

 

Waste Heat 

 

Purpose: facilitating waste heat recuperation from urban environments. 

Spearhead City:  TBA

Forerunner Cities: Islington Borough (UK), Vilnius (Lithuania), Dublin (Dublin City Council – Ireland), Hengelo (Netherlands), Riga (Latvia), Madrid (Spain) & Strasbourg (France) 

Base experts: Henrik Bristav (RISE), Lars Larsson (Celsius) & Pauline Lucas (Euroheat & Power) 

Tentative Schedule:  

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points

Mon 13/914:00 CET

General kick-off with all the forerunner groups 

Tuesday 5/10 14:00 CET 

Engaging with waste heat owners 

  • Contract examples 
  • Qualifying the heat sources 
  • Risk management 

Thursday 21/10 14:00 CET

Technological developments 

  • Heat pumps 
  • Thermal storage integration 
  • Heat management software & modelation 

Thursday 18/11 14:00 CET 

Regulatory Framework 

  • Heat mapping 
  • Heat planning:  
  • municipalities promoting residual heat recouperation 
  • Sustainable energy zones 

Thur 9/12 14:00 CET

 

Conclusions and  
selecting next spearhead city 

  • Lessons learned  
  • Evaluation review 
  • Candidate presentations 
  • Selecting next spearhead city 

 

 

LTDH

 

 

 

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

Spearhead City: N/A 

Forerunner Cities: Umeå (Sweden), Lund (Sweden), Riga (Latvia), Vilnius (Lithuania), Copenhagen (Denmark), Innsbruck (Austria), Medfield (Massachusetts, USA) & Dublin (Ireland) 

Base experts: Henrik Bristav (RISE), Lars Larsson (Celsius) & Gabriele Pesce (Euroheat & Power) 

Tentative Schedule:  

 

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Monday 13/914:00 CET General kick-off with all the forerunner groups 

Thursday 7/10 

14:00 CET 

Storage and Flexibility 

  • Using buildings for storage 
  • Seasonal storage 

NEW DATE: Thuesday 19/10 14.00 CET

Upgrading the network 

    • Lowering the network temperature examples (what variables to look at) 
    • Retrofitting buildings -future proofing buildings 
Thursday 4/11 14:00 CET 

Stakeholder engagement 

  • Prosumers 
  • Contracting incentives 

New date will be announced shortly  

 

Conclusions and 
selecting next spearhead city 

 

  • Lessons learned  
  • Evaluation review 
  • Candidate presentations 
  • Selecting next spearhead city 

 

 

 

Cooling

 

 

 

 

 

Purpose: deploying efficient and sustainable cooling systems. 

Spearhead City: N/A 

Forerunner Cities: Vilnius (Lithuania) & Gothenburg (Sweden) 

Base experts: Henrik Bristav (RISE), Lars Larsson (Celsius) & Giulia Forgnone (Euroheat & Power)  

Tentative Schedule:  

 

Date & Time​ Meeting Focus​ / Discussion Points
Monday 13/914:00 CET General kick-off with all the forerunner groups 
Tuesday 21/9 14:00 CET 

Overview of existing technologies 

  • Different types of chillers 
  • Upcoming innovations 
  • Storage (customer & centralized) 
  • Decentralized cooling 
  • Combination of two systems (centralized and decentralized) 
Tuesday 12/1014:00 CET

Network development 

  • Cooling for residential areas 
  • Improving capacity /network optimization  
  • Attracting new customers 
Tuesday 9/11  – 14:00 CET

Customer engagement 

  • Diagnostic tools for substations to improve the dialogue with the customer 
  • Working with prosumers 
  • Connecting existing systems to a developing network 

Tuesday 30/11  – 14:00 CET 

 

Financing and business models 

  • Investment cost for expanding the network 
  • Pricing options during the development phase to attract new customers 
  • Feasible size of initial pilot project 

 

Tuesday 14/12  – 14:00 CET

 

Conclusions and selecting next spearhead city 

  • Lessons learned  
  • Evaluation review 
  • Candidate presentations 
  • Selecting next spearhead city 

 

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