The 4DH Strategic Research Centre, the RE-INVEST project and Aalborg University invited researchers and experts from industry and businesses to the 4th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and 4th Generation District Heating. This year’s conference took place from 13-14 November 2018 in Aalborg. With more than 130 interesting presentations, high-profile keynote speakers, exciting workshops and technical tours, the conference received a high level of interest. This year, we welcomed 320 participants representing 27 different countries. The aim of the conference was to present and discuss scientific findings and industrial experiences related to the subject of Smart Energy Systems based on renewable energy and future 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems (4GDH).

The conference took place at Nordkraft, the city’s former power station now 
into a large venue for conferences, sports and music.

The conference dinner was served at Musikkens Hus, House of Music 
– a multi-purpose venue on Aalborg’s waterfront.


You can view the full programme of the conference here.

Book of abstracts

Access the book of abstracts here.



Conference film from the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Status of 4th Generation District Heating Research and Results

Opening speech by Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen at the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Keynote presentation by Prof. Henrik Lund at the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Plenary keynote by Celia Martinez at the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Keynote presentation by Prof. Xiliang Zhang at the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Panel Debate at the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Keynote presentation by Prof. Mark Jacobson at the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Keynote presentation by Prof. Neven Duic at the 4th International Conference on SES4DH 2018

Keynote speakers

CELIA MARTINEZ gave a speech on District Energy in Cities: Global Perspective on Unlocking the Potential for District Heating and Cooling.

Celia Martinez is regional technical advisor at UN Environment. She is the focal point for Latin America and Africa of the District Energy in Cities Initiative, an Initiative of UN Environment that assists cities to unlock investment for the development of district energy systems.
Celia is Industrial Engineer and before joining UN Environment, she worked in the energy sector over six years as a project engineer in Spain, Germany and France.

MARK Z. JACOBSON gave a speech on Transitioning towns, cities, and countries to 100% clean, renewable energy for all purposes.

Mark Z. Jacobson is Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Woods Institute for the Environment and of the Precourt Institute for Energy. He has served on an advisory committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

XILIANG ZHANG gave a speech on District heating in China.

Xiliang Zhang is Professor and Director of the Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy at Tsinghua University and Deputy Director at the Tsinghua-Rio Tinto RES Research Centre. Professor Zhang has been a lead author of the IPCC Climate Change Assessment Reports.

NEVEN DUIĆ gave a speech on District heating and 4th generation district heating in Eastern Europe.

Neven Duić is Pofessor and Energy Management Chair at the Department of Energy, Power Engineering and Environment, at the University of Zagreb. He has organised a series of conferences on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems and has been a member of organising, scientific and programming committees of more than 40 research conferences.


HENRIK LUND gave a speech on The Status of 4thGeneration District Heating: Research and Results.

Henrik Lund is Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University, Head of the 4DH Research Centre and Editor-in-Chief of ENERGY – The International Journal of Elsevier. He has more than 25 years of experience in research and involvement in Danish Energy Planning and Policy making. Among others, he has been involved in the making of the Danish Society of Engineers’ proposal for a future 100% Renewable Energy Plan for Denmark.

SVEN WERNER introduced and chaired the panel debate on The future role of district heating and 100% renewable energy systems.

Sven Werner is Professor of Energy Technology at the School of Business, Engingeering and Science, Halmstad University. Sven Werner carries out research about district heating for the future needs in both Sweden and across Europe. His knowledgeand research results have been visible in several scientific journals and reports, in textbooks and through numerous lectures. Sven Werner has communicated his research through various activities and presentations in many countries around the world.


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