Aarhus optimises district heating with remote meters

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Arhus is Denmark’s 2nd largest city and the  financial centre of the Central Denmark Region. The city has a catchment area of 1.2 million people within a one-hour travel range and is well connected to Copenhagen and Hamburg.

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By Louise Høenhof Rasmussen , November 17, 2014

The final phase of replacing old district heating meters with new intelligent meters that can be read remotely was started on November 12 in a basement in Valdemarsgade. When completed, Aarhus will have the largest number of remote meters in use in the world, able to check for leaks and monitor heating provision. The project will have major impact on the growth and development of the Aarhus area.

Photo text: Alderman Kristian Würtz and Knud Bonde, Divisional Director of Kamstrup

Alderman Kristian Würtz had to duck a little when entering the basement of Valdemarsgade 31, where the first meter in the latest round of tenders was put into action. “Even though we are pleased, we need to control our excitement a little,” he quipped, with reference to the low ceiling.

But that was unable to prevent the satisfaction on his face and those of the representatives of Kamstrup in attendance. Knud Bonde, Divisional Director of Kamstrup made it perfectly clear how important the project is to his company:

“This project is state of the art within intelligent supply grids. Kamstrup is proud to be the backbone of the most visionary district heating grid in the world. Many other towns and cities around the world will be keeping an eye on Aarhus as the demonstration site within district heating, making this project one that will reinforce Kamstrup’s position on the global market,” said Bonde.

Alderman Würtz stressed that a project like this is highly significant to Aarhus on several levels: One goal is Aarhus becoming CO2-neutral in 2030. Another is to create strong partnerships between City of Aarhus and cleantech companys to gain worldclass projects. 

“Aarhus has a clear-cut target of becoming CO2-neutral by 2030. A grid from which we can gather data on energy, consumption and operation is a massive aid towards reaching our climate target. What’s more, I am delighted that this project means that we can say that Aarhus is now the owner of a world-class demonstration project within district heating. The fact that it also means jobs and growth for the region is a bonus.”

Read more about the project: Intelligent district heating meters


This tender round covers the replacement of 28,000 meters in the central and northern districts of the city. Over the last two years, Kamstrup has replaced 25,000 meters in the southern and western districts. The project itself has a direct impact on employment, creating around 60 jobs over the next 2½ years.

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