Other project members at Linnaeus University
Yahya Jani and Jelena Lundström
- Linnaeus University, Sweden (lead partner)
- SweHeat & Cooling (the Swedish Council for District Heating), Sweden
- Öresundskraft, Sweden
- Opec Gdynia, Poland
- Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
- Lithuanian District Heating Association, Lithuania
- Klaipeda University, Lithuania
- Swedenergy, Sweden
- Energiforsk, Sweden
- Nybro Energi, Sweden
- The Swedish Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
- Roskilde University, Denmark
- ISM University, Lithuania
Interreg South Baltic (total budget EUR 1 302 500)
1 June 2019–5 May 2022
Environmental technology (Department of biology and environmental science, Faculty of health and life sciences)
More about the project
The Europe 2020 goals and beyond is to increase energy efficiency by 20 %, but also to decrease CO2 emissions. In addition, the EU, the world's largest importer of energy (400 billion EUR that amounts to approximately 53 % of the entire need), will in the upcoming years face vast reinvestment needs in for modernisation of existing infrastructures, such as district heating (DH) grids.
Many countries are too dependent on coal and Russian gas. The Nordic countries have shown that DH systems are a tool to reduce fossil fuel dependency, moving into circular economy. The main drawback of district heating is the capital need, inefficient operation (losses), expressed in economic terms – low return on capital and a massive replacement need.
In order to solve the challenge described above, to boost district heating efficiency and reduce capital need, one of the most needed processes will be smart asset management (SAM). SAM will create environmental benefits for the Baltic Sea region as well as more affordable heat for the end customers by using existing assets and resources longer and more efficiently (fuel and energy saving).
The purpose of the project is to develop methods, transnational collaboration processes and knowledge for smart asset management. Methods developed for district heating can be spread to the utilities of drinking water and sewage pipes, gas, railways and to power distribution and bridges.
- To identify barriers and success factors for the development and implementation of SAM, the digitalization of district heating distribution networks.
- To develop nationally adapted methods for condition monitoring of the district heating networks and of for learning.
- To fully utilize modern ICT tools for data driven predictive maintenance of district heating networks.
The project is part of the research in The Environmental Science and Engineering Group (ESEG) research group.
One of the project main outputs
Two different pilot cases for Smart Data Driven Maintenance methods with emphasis on green proactive and preventive solutions.
Installation of SAB - Smart Active Box in the distribution network will be performed. The purpose is to check the network's function and status is continuously checked in order to be able to continue to deliver uninterrupted and functional district heating at a competitive price for a long time to come.
In addition to good delivery quality, methods are also required to be able to reinvest in the right lines at the right time.
- OPEC Gdynia
The installation of ultrasonic flowmeters on selected sections of the network will be a part of pilot case. The purpose of the investment is to increase the efficiency of heating network leak detection and optimization of network heat management.
Thesis projects in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and system fluids
The project is financed by
BSAM cross border-seminar 8 September 2020
Tuesday September 8, 2020 BSAM cross-border seminar ”Smart Asset Management of District Heating” was held digital with the focus on the reliability of district heating networks - methods and technologies to ensure short-term and long-term longevity.
BSAM cross border seminar 5 May 2020
BSAM distance meeting 16 April 2020
BSAM project partners from Lithuania, Poland and Sweden gathered in front of the screens to discuss how the Covid-19 situation is affecting the project.
- What options we have to work on the project's goals under new circumstances were discussed.
- The work plan changes were discussed, as well as project digitalization.
- In addition, the reduced traveling costs were also discussed and how that could be used from one activity to another.