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District Heating Market Size, Share and Global Trend By Heat Source (Coal Natural Gas, Renewable, Oil and Petroleum Products, Others) Plant Type (Boilers, Combine Heat and Power (CHP),Others) Application (Residential, Commercial, Industrial) and Geography Forecast till 2025

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District heating not only offers excellent opportunities for reducing environmental pollution but also for achieving sustainable energy. It is an extremely flexible system which can make use of combined heat and power, utilization of waste heat energy, biomass, and renewables.

District heating is clean, efficient and cost-effective due to its flexibility, scale of production and optimal heat generation. The district heating is a centralized heat distribution system through insulated pipes for residential and commercial purpose such as space heating and water heating. One of the least-cost and efficient in reducing GHG emission and primary energy demand is making the district heating system most viable in dense urban areas. A district heating system comprises three main elements viz. the heat source or generation plant, the distribution system, and the substation and customer interface.

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The classification of district heating can be done on the basis of primary output product like Space heating, Water heating or Steam Power. District heating system can be run on combined heat and power (CHP) and boilers by using different types of fuel such as coal, oil and petroleum products, natural gas, renewable energy sources, and others. There is a high scope for district heating system in the residential and commercial sector due to the elevated requirement of heat energy.

The role of district heating in providing an efficient and reliable source of energy is extremely important. As it finds a number of advantages which offers a reduction in GHG emission, controlling increasing demand for fossil fuel, flexibility over a wide range of fuel usage. District heating saves space and infrastructure required to produce heat as the heat is produced in a centralized system and distributed through insulated pipes. Thus, the demand for district heating is increasing from residential and commercial zone.

The retardation in the growth of district heating is primarily due to its high initial investment to set up a plant. Also, a heat generating station should not be too far from the customer interface otherwise it will increase the distribution cost. It is most suitable in dense urban areas for economical and efficient distribution of energy.

Key Players Covered:

The key player in District Heating system are NRG Energy, Fortum, Engie, Vattenfall, Alfa Laval, Korea District Heating Corporation, Radet, Danfoss, Metropolitan, SSE Enterprise, Veolia, Statkraft, Goteborg Energi, Dortmund cogeneration plant (RWE AG) and Keppel DHCS.

Segmentation of the District Heating Market

By Heat Source

·      Coal

·      Natural Gas

·      Renewable

·      Oil and Petroleum Products

·      Others

By Plant Type

·      Boilers

·      Combine Heat and Power (CHP)

·      Others

By Application

·      Residential

·      Commercial

·      Industrial

By Geography

·      North America (USA and Canada)

·      Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe)

·      Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)

·      Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Rest of Latin America)

·      Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC and Rest of Middle East & Africa)

Regional Analysis:

The district heating market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America and European countries are more exposed to district heating. The weather conditions in these countries have made companies and government to adopt a sustainable technology that will provide water heating, space heating or steam heating. The growth for district heating has gained momentum due to major countries are adopting the district heating system. The Asia Pacific where district heating can play a key role in providing a primary energy source. Rapid growth in the field of real estate, urbanization, commercial sector, and industrialization has proven to be the best chance for district heating.

Key Industry Developments

· In March 2019, UN Environment’s District Energy made it clear to cut heating and cooling emission. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s second largest city, Banja Luka has attracted US$22 million in investment- a US$9.5 million loan from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and rest from the private sector-for a district heating network that runs on renewable energy.


· In Mach 2019, A joint investment programme of £347 million has been announced between Vattenfall and AEB Amsterdam focussing on providing fossil fuel free heating and hot water in Amsterdam.


· In October 2018, the government of UK has launched Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) as a part of Green GB Week, bringing together £320m of government loans and grants and additional investment form host of energy companies, Engie, Vattenfall, SSE, and Metropolitan. The aim is to leverage the £1bn of private and institutional investment in accelerating development district heating network.

District Heating Market Size, Share and Global Industry Trend Forecast till 2026
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