Utility giant Vattenfall and energy monitoring company Eliq have launched a new trial in Gustavsberg, Sweden, to increase consumer engagement to optimise the potential of district heating. District heating networks can contribute to a smart and decarbonised energy system. Today a majority of Swedish apartments are heated by district heating but most users have no clue of how much energy is used, or how they can optimise their heat apart from turning the radiator valve.
The trial will equip homes with connected radiator valves and an app to motivate consumers to take part in optimising energy use within the community, in an effortless way, while enjoying a better indoor climate. The app will provide customers with a personalised interface to understand their heat usage and allowing them to optimise it by smart scheduling functionality and participation in a demand-response program running in the background. The project is carried out together with heating analytics partner QuantCo and Cosa, who provides connected thermostat valves to the participating apartments.
Further information is available at the Eliq website.