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Renewable District heating — foundation block for Ireland’s energy transition

Xavier’s recently published article in Building Services News on the SmartReflex project and district heating in Ireland





SmartReflex – Free District Heating Webinar and other News

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The latest SmartReflex project newsletter has just been published with an article on XD Consulting’s work on a heat map for Tralee in County Kerry.


Free Webinar on District Heating

There is a free webinar taking place on Wednesday 26th October between 2-3.30 pm on  “Renewable district heating – Small local grids and cooperative utilities” In cooperation with ISES (International Solar Energy Society)

Speakers and presentation

  • Per Alex Soerensen, PlanEnergi “Cooperative companies running district heating grids: The Danish experience”
  • Oliver Miedaner, Solites “Energy villages” in Baden-Württemberg: Solar thermal and biomass for small scale district heating”
  • Per Kristensen “Braedstrup: The renewable district heating success story from Denmark”
  • Riccardo Battisti, Ambiente Italia – Moderator


For free registration follow the link:

Further information can be found here:


The final meeting of the project and combined Workshops/Study Tour on District Heating and Cooling will take place on 24th and 25th November in Kolding (DK).  External participants are very welcome and the event is free of charge.

Besides the presentations of the key findings and experiences in the beginning of the first day, there will be room for discussion and debates. Focus is on further steps towards implementation, including financial support, as well as replication to other regions. There are 2 site visits organised on the second day with a common dinner Before the first day ends with a common dinner, two site visits will be provided.

  1. Vejen district heating plant. Consumer-owned, established in 1960. Straw boiler, wood chips boiler, surplus heat, heat pumps, gas and oil boilers.
  2. Hejnsvig district heating plant. Consumer-owned, established in 1992. Solar thermal, wood pellet boiler, natural gas engine, natural gas boiler.

On the second day, depended on the number of participants, two additional site visits will be provided.

  • District heating plant with solar thermal and seasonal heat storage (pit thermal energy storage)
  • District heating plant with solar thermal and heat pump.

For more information click here.

Technical Design and Planning of RES District Heating and Cooling (DHC) Training Course

solar-panel-farmThis 2-day course is part of a series of training opportunities that will bring some of the best international experience in district heating to Ireland. It is organised as part of the European SmartReFlex project, which includes Irish partners Tipperary Energy Agency, Kerry County Council and XD Consulting. Smart Reflex aims to support the development of district heating based on renewable energy sources (RES) through know-how transfer and exchange of experience. This training will focus on the planning and technical design aspect of developing and operating a RES district heating project. It will be a unique opportunity for participants to gain an insight into the Danish experience of designing and deploying successfully district heating with renewable energy.

When: January 24th and 25th 2017 (9am – 5pm)
Where: Woodquay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Woodquay, Dublin 8
Fee: €295 per person

Book here

Trainers: Per Alex Sørensen, PlanEnergi, Morten Hofmeister, PlanEnergi, Xavier Dubuisson, XD Consulting, Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency, Donna Gartland, CODEMA

Course Content:

  • Urban heat planning, DHC vs. individual heat supply, cooperative ownership, real examples of project development:
  • Mapping of present and future heat and cooling demand
  • Mapping of resources
  • Mapping of costs and competitiveness
  • Case-studies – examples from Europe and SmartReflex local project participants
  • Concepts on how to stepwise reach 100 % RES, e.g. utilisation of excess heat from industry
  • How to come from case studies to municipal and regional plans, addressing the necessary framework for development of DHC (e.g. risk analysis)
  • How to optimize technical solutions in 100% RES project implementation.
  • Design of substations and lay-out of DHC grid with low temperatures
  • Design of house installation – heating controls, efficient use of DH
  • Design of transmission and distribution networks – pipe sizing, branch sizing
  • The internet based calculation program isoCalc (from the manufacture of pre-insulated pipe systems isoplus) will be used for the hydraulic pipe dimensioning.
  • Production Technologies – excess heat from industry, Solar thermal, Biomass boiler, Biomass CHP, Biogas CHP, heat pumps, storage technologies.
  • RES production plants and how to calculate production price:
  • Calculation of district heating production plant
  • Calculation in EnergyPro of production cost
    A 30 day licence for EnergyPro, energy project modelling software package, will be issued to all participants in the training course

Sustainable Energy Information Office opens in Chisnau, Moldova

Xavier on bike in Moldova

Xavier Dubuisson (MD from XD Consulting) demonstrating the interactive pedal power exhibit at the newly opened Sustainable Energy Information Office in Chisnau, Moldova

The inauguration ceremony of the Moldova Sustainable Energy Information Centre took place on 15 April 2016 in Chisinau, Moldova with the participation of Mr. Valeriu Triboi, Deputy Minister of Economy of Moldova together with Mr. Alexandre Darras, Attaché-Project Manager at the EU Delegation to Moldova, Mr. Mihail Stratan, Director of the Energy Efficiency Agency of Moldova (AEE), and Mr. Adrian Twomey, INOGATE Project Team Leader.


Tanya Daniel Lujanskaya and Irina Plis from AEER Moldova

Tanya Daniel Lujanskaya and Irina Plis from Alliance for Energy Efficiency and Renewables in Moldova, with whom XD Consulting teamed up to open the centre, enjoying the kids’ corner.

The Chisinau Sustainable Energy Information Centre, housed in the Moldovan Agency of Energy Efficiency, will serve as a hub for a number of initiatives by NGOs, businesses and education institutes, aiming to inform and educate citizens. The centre’s staff will focus on outreach activities and will be equipped with interactive exhibits, demos of sustainable energy products, and lots of information material. They will work closely with the hub members and run regular roadshows to local communities to promote country-wide awareness on energy efficiency. A strong emphasis is also given to the use of social media and digital communication to engage with younger audiences.

During the ceremony, the participants had the opportunity to interact with interactive displays and exhibits prepared for the Sustainable Energy Information Centre and to collect information materials. XD Consulting, together with local partners, provided advice and technical assistance to the Agency for Energy Efficiency to establish the centre, as part of a EU-funded project under the INOGATE programme for energy policy co-operation in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

XD Consulting helps to establish a Sustainable Energy Information Centre in Chisnau Moldova

XD Sustainable Energy Consulting’s Managing Director, Xavier Dubuisson travelled to Chisinau in Moldova between 28th September and 2nd October on a mission as key expert for the EU INOGATE programme to assist with the establishment of the national Sustainable Energy Information Centre. INOGATE is a regional energy policy co-operation programme between the EU and 11 partner countries in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. During the intensive week, Xavier worked with representatives from local NGOs, the Moldovan Agency for Energy Efficiency, the INOGATE staff and the national Economic Ministry to produce a strategy and action plan which will lead to the establishment of the Sustainable Energy Information Centre in Chisinau.

Xavier Dubuisson participating in the meeting of the Steering group responsible for setting up the Sustainable Energy Information office in Chisnau, Moldova.

First Steering Committee meeting for setting up the Sustainable Energy Information office in Chisnau, Moldova. From left to right: Nicolae Olari (Consultant, AEE), Valeriu Triboi (Vice-Minister of Economy), Mihail Stratan (Director, AEE), Denis Tumuruc (Vice-Director, AEE), Victor Parlicov (INOGATE Country Expert), Xavier Dubuisson (INOGATE Expert), Wolfgang Lutz (INOGATE key expert).

The centre will be operated under the aegis of the Moldovan Agency for Energy Efficiency and its objectives are to raise-awareness on energy efficiency and renewable energy, raise capacity through training and education and act as a hub for related initiatives by civil society, educational institutes and industry. Its key target groups will initially be householders and energy managers in the public sector. The concept was inspired by a study tour to Dublin in June 2015, organised by INOGATE Technical Secretariat and facilitated by XD Consulting, with a focus on the promotion of sustainable energy. The Sustainable Energy Information Centre’s establishment is being supported with technical assistance and funding by the INOGATE programme and has strong backing from the Moldovan Ministry of Economy. It will be officially launched at the Moldova Eco Energetica Awards in early December 2015 and will open its doors to visitors in April 2016.