Communal, local heating solutions for Rudersdal and Hørsholm

Denmark | February 2022 - April 2023

The municipalities of Hørsholm and Rudersdal have, along with the neighbouring municipalities of Fredensborg and Helsingør, participated in a project with a goal of a fossil free heating sector in 2035. A substantial part of that goal has to do with converting the heating to green district heating or heat pumps. After the great rise in prices of natural gas in 2021 and 2022, there has been a higher focus on fast conversion away from natural gas. The municipalities of Hørsholm and Rudersdal both have a relatively low distribution of district heating and a large share of individual natural gas heating. A very large conversion into district heating can be challenging due to the distance to the district heating network and high prices for district heating in the area. The municipalities are therefore expecting that a substantial amount of the homes will need to install new, individual heating solutions, typically heat pumps. For certain types of homes, such as semi-detached houses, it can be complicated to install air-water heat pumps due to noise and space concerns, and it is therefore necessary to look into alternative solutions.

Ea Energy Analyses supported the work of the municipalities of Rudersdal and Hørsholm of converting homes that fire with natural gas into green communal solutions/cluster heating, by developing a number of case analyses and a joint case catalogue of alternative heating solutions.

The project ran from February 2022 to April 2023.