The 12th DHC+ Summer School will take place between 25-31 August 2024 in Linz, Austria, and will focus on "Industrial urban symbiosis as an enabler for climate-neutral district heating." Achieving a net-zero energy system needs a widespread transition to renewable sources. District heating (DH) can significantly rely on low-temperature energies like geothermal, solar thermal, waste heat, or ambient heat. Waste heat, currently one of Europe's largest energy resources, poses a key challenge due to its occurrence outside DH network operators' sphere of influence. Overcoming information gaps, fostering trust, and finding suitable business models are crucial steps to utilise waste heat effectively. Implementation success also depends on technical factors such as direct integration, storage and post-heating technologies. Industrial urban symbiosis emerges as an essential concept, facilitating collaborations between industrial companies and DH operators to leverage ecological and economic benefits. This cooperation aims to optimise waste heat utilisation and enhance overall sustainability.

For the first time, the DHC+ Summer School goes to Austria! Beyond academic sessions, experience the culture of Linz and enjoy the hospitality of our host – Energieinstitut an der Johannes Kepler Universität Linz. Get ready to be inspired and connect with peers in this enriching learning experience! Explore previous DHC+ Summer School editions to discover how this programme provides students and young professionals with opportunities to engage and learn from experienced speakers, fostering in-depth knowledge about the district heating and cooling sector.

Our mission is to provide a unique learning experience in the realm of district energy. Stay updated and connect with fellow participants by following #DHCSummerSchool24 for news and developments!


Johannes Kepler University Linz - JKU
Altenberger Straße 69
Linz, Oberösterreich, Austria

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