District heating –an infrastructure system which delivers heat and/or power to users from a centralised generation system– is revolutionising the way in which homes, water and commercial units are heated across the world. It is very energy efficient, cost effective and uses a flexible range of renewable energy fuel sources.
With Scandinavia leading the trend, Enterprise Europe Network Scotland has been working closely with companies and authorities from across the region to discover opportunities for Scottish companies to learn from their experience and help increase international trade in renewable energy.
Through two successful trade missions led by SDI, Scottish Enterprise and Zero Waste Scotland , ambitious companies from across Scotland’s energy sector have met with businesses, public sector organisations and government representatives in Denmark and Sweden to find out more about the exciting potential in this growing market.
Working with their counterpart teams in these regions, Enterprise Europe Network Scotland organised 275 one-to-one meetings between the Scottish, Swedish and Danish participants during these missions.
The events were well-received by attendees from across Scotland who were able to make key connections and advance their understanding of the opportunities within the industry.
“The programme was a huge success for our company as it was extremely informative from a technical perspective and opened up access to a very experienced supply chain of consultants and suppliers, at home and in Sweden,” said Michael O’Neill, Director of energy consultancy Craighall Energy. “That will prove invaluable in the months and years ahead.”
“The Learning Journey was greatly informative and inspiring,” added Historic Scotland’s Carbon Manager, Scott Brady. “The event was well-organised and provided fantastic opportunities to learn.”
Scotland’s recently-launched District Heating Action Plan includes recommendations from some of Scandinavia’s top renewable energy experts for a transition to district heating, which could help Scotland significantly reduce its CO2 emissions and provide a cheaper and more climate-friendly heating solution.
And with future events planned and the Scottish government committed to investing in district heating over the coming years, we are looking for small and medium-sized businesses from across Scotland who have products, technology or expertise that could be developed or adapted for the district heating sector.
There is also support available for companies specialising in this area who are looking to be connected with potential new partners and explore opportunities overseas, and innovators who want to find out more about research and development opportunities in the industry through the European Commission’s new Horizon 2020 R&D programme.
To find out more or register your interest in future events around district heating, please contact Lucy Black.