About the Conference

The conference will take place on 10-11 September 2019 at Langelinie Pavillonen in Copenhagen, Denmark. The venue is right next to the iconic Little Mermaid at the historical centre of Copenhagen, while the conference dinner will take place at the famous Tivoli Gardens.

Conference Venue

This year the 5th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating has been expanded to include the research topics of Electrification, Electrofuels and Energy Efficiency.

The Smart Energy System Concept

The Smart Energy System concept is essential for cost‐effective 100% renewable energy systems. The concept includes a focus on energy efficiency, end use savings and sector integration to establish energy system flexibility, harvest synergies by using all infrastructures and lower energy storage cost.

As opposed to, for instance, the smart grid concept, which takes a sole focus on the electricity sector, the smart energy systems approach includes the entire energy system in its identification of suitable energy infrastructure designs and operation strategies. Focusing solely on the smart electricity grid often leads to the definition of transmission lines, flexible electricity demands, and electricity storage as the primary means of dealing with the integration of fluctuating renewable sources. However, these measures are neither very effective nor cost‐efficient considering the nature of wind power and similar sources. The most effective and least‐costly solutions are to be found when the electricity sector is combined with the heating and cooling sectors and/ or the transport sector. Moreover, the combination of electricity and gas infrastructures may play an important role in the design of future renewable energy systems, and the electrification of heating and transport – possibly through electrofuels – can play a pivotal role in providing flexibility and ensuring renewable energy integration in all sectors.

In future energy systems, energy savings and 4th generation district heating can be combined, creating significant benefits. Low‐temperature district heat sources, renewable energy heat sources combined with heat savings represent a promising pathway as opposed to individual heating solutions and passive or energy+ buildings in urban areas. Electrification in combination with district heat is a very important driver to eliminate fossil fuels. Power heat, power to gas and power to liquid together with energy efficiency and 4th generation district heating create a flexible smart energy system. These changes towards integrated smart energy systems and 4th generation district heating also require institutional and organisational changes that address the implementation of new technologies and enable new markets to provide feasible solutions to society.

Find more information about Smart Energy Systems here.

Conference topics

  • Smart energy system analyses, tools and methodologies
  • Smart energy infrastructure and storage options
  • Integrated energy systems and smart grids
  • Institutional and organisational change for smart energy systems and radical technological change
  • Energy savings, in the electricity sector, in buildings and transport as well as within industry
  • 4th generation district heating concepts, future district heating production and systems
  • Electrification of transport, heating and industry
  • The production, technologies for and use of electrofuels in future energy systems
  • Planning and organisational challenges for smart energy systems and district heating
  • Geographical information systems (GIS) for energy systems, heat planning and district heating
  • Components and systems for district heating, energy efficiency, electrification and electrofuels
  • Renewable energy sources and waste heat sources for district heating

Submission Procedure

Registration will open soon!

Both scientific and industrial contributions to the conference are most welcome. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a scientific and an industrial committee. Authors of approved abstracts will be invited to submit papers to special issues of:

Energies (publishing requires a fee, see more in the submission form)

Aim and Organizers

The aim of the conference is to establish a venue for presenting and discussing scientific findings and industrial experiences related to the subject of Smart Energy Systems based on renewable energy, 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems (4GDH), electrification of heating and transportation sectors, electro fuels and energy efficiency.

This 5th conference in the series cements it as a main venue for presentations and fruitful debates on subjects that are pertinent to the development and implementation of smart energy systems to fulfil national and international objectives

The conference is organized by the Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group, Department of Planning, Aalborg University, with the support of the projects that are led or coordinated by the Group: RE‐INVEST, sEEnergies and 4DH Centre.

RE‐INVEST is an international research project, which develops robust and cost‐effective renewable energy investment strategies for Denmark and Europe funded by Innovation Fund Denmark.

sEEnergies is a European research project focusing on Smart Energy Systems and supply chain effects on energy efficiency in all sectors and infrastructure funded by Horizon 2020.

Innovation Fund Denmark has been funding the research projects 4DH and RE-INVEST and supporting all the conferences so far.

4DH Research Centre has been a unique collaboration between industry, universities and the public sector that has created focus on and knowledge about the future 4th Generation District Heating potential within the district heating industry.

International Scientific Committee

Prof. Dagnija Blumberga, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Dr. Robin Wiltshire, Building Research Establishment (BRE), UK
Dr. Anton Ianakiev, Nottingham Trent University
Dr. Ralf-Roman Schmidt, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
Dr. Hanne L. Raadal, Østfold Research, Norway
Dr. Richard van Leeuwen, Saxion University, The Netherlands
Prof. Thomas Brown, Frankfurt University, Germany
Prof. Martin Greiner, Aarhus University, Denmark
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ingo Weidlich, HafenCity University, Germany
Prof. Eric Ahlgren, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Prof. Sven Werner, Halmstad University, Sweden
Prof. Leif Gustavsson, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Prof. Poul Erik Morthorst, Technical University of Denmark
Prof. Svend Svendsen, Technical University of Denmark
Prof. Xiliang Zhang, Tsinghua University, China
Prof. Bernd Möller, University of Flensburg, Germany
Prof. Bent Ole G. Mortensen, University of Southern Denmark
Prof. Neven Duic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Christian Breyer, Lappeeranta University of Tech, Finland
Prof. Ernst Worrell, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Dr. Paula Ferreira, University of Minho, Portugal
Ass. Prof. Younes Noorollahi, University of Tehran, Iran
Ass. Prof. Carsten Bojesen, Aalborg University, Denmark
Prof. Frede Hvelplund, Aalborg University, Denmark

Industrial Committee

Anders Bavnhøj Hansen, Energinet.dk
Anders Dyrelund, Rambøll
Jan‐Eric Thorsen, Danfoss
Anders N. Andersen, EMD International
Henrik Ottesen, DESMI
Peter Jorsal, LOGSTOR
Per Wulff, Vestforbrænding
Morten Abildgaard, Viborg Fjernvarme
Jesper Møller Larsen, Aalborg Forsyning, Varme
Steen Schelle Jensen, Kamstrup
John Bøgild Hansen, Haldor Topsøe
Svante Bundgaard, Aalborg CSP
Fabian Levihn, Stockholm Exergi

Conference Chairs

Prof. Henrik Lund
lund@plan.aau.dk
Department of Planning
Aalborg University
Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen
bvm@plan.aau.dk
Department of Planning
Aalborg University
Prof. Poul Alberg Østergaard
poul@plan.aau.dk 
Department of Planning
Aalborg University