In order to optimise their district heating, and therefore save energy, SEV uses the measure of return flow temperature optimisation. This is a tariff incentive for consumers to use energy outside peak consumption. By optimising its installation, the cooperative is improving the efficiency ratio of the district heating plants.
The regional regulation is encouraging Municipalities to optimise their district heating system and heating system in public building. Therefore, the cooperative is allowed to secured inexpensive funding for the deployment of the necessary hardware.
Sound business model
The margin of optimisation for the district heating plants can drop from 85% to 40% without the smoothing of the consumption curve. On top of this, the load-shifting procedure can allow for the opening of other collective demand management business models.
Nicole is one of our newest members and works in the service department of SEV (South Tyrolean Energy Union). SEV represents about 300 members including district heating plants, hydropower plants and photovoltaic installations. The members range from cooperatives, municipalities to enterprises and consortiums. Nicole is responsible for member services including administrative management as well as general assistance. Nicole holds a degree in Economics and Management from the Free University of Bolzano and spent one year studying International Management at Groupe Sup de Co in France.
Nicole presenting the Optimize Return Flow in a few minutes