Nordhavn – the city district of broad horizons
Since then the district has seen huge activity and been developed by CPH City & Port Development, owned by City of Copenhagen and the Danish State.
Danfoss owns three of the 15 demonstration types that make up EnergyLab Nordhavn.
"If we seize the opportunity that we have in Nordhavn, our products and solutions will set the direction for the future. We will be able to determine the output of our units at a specific point in time, based on the information fed in by for example the energy system. This is what we have to resolve – and it is here in Nordhavn that we can resolve it," says Danfoss' Project Manager in Nordhavn, Jan Eric Thorsen
The buildings in Nordhavn are so solidly built, with such a "thermal weight", that they hold heat – as it were – long after the heat supply has been turned off.
At the harbor-side Terra Nova building, Danfoss has supplied 85 apartments with another kind of intelligence: a control system that in principle means that residents "place their thermal capacity at the disposal of others". They accept that other people's use of the system can affect their heating – in return, they get heating at its cheapest price without experiencing any change in the level of comfort.
A new supermarket will soon open at Nordhavn. Here, the aim is to apply Danfoss technology to reuse the surplus heat generated by the chillers, sending it out to Copenhagen's district heating network. Danfoss has already proven that as much as 95 per cent of supermarkets surplus heat can be reused.
"Even if sustainable energy has become cheaper, it is still important that energy is used in an intelligent and efficient way. Efforts to increase energy efficiency and supply technologies should be seen as correlated and not as contradictory. EnergyLab Nordhavn shows how this can be done, sensibly," says Jan Eric Thorsen.
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Text and video: Søren Lintrup Silkjær
Photos: Glenn Simonsen