One week before the Winter Package is launched by the European Commission on November 2016, the European renewable energy associations decided to create a series of renEUable stories and start the #RenEUable initiative. The initiative shines a light on one of the EU’s greatest achievements – Europe’s renewable energy industries – by promoting its benefits and best example showcases. Discover every week new stories that show how REnEUable can contribute to several sectors!
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Kaunas district heating network, a step towards energy security
Kaunas Energy, the second largest heating company in Lithuania, is increasing energy security by shifting to renewable district heating networks. Kaunas Energy, supplies 20% of Lithuanian heat through services to municipalities’ district heating networks displacing Russian gas. The district heating system of Kaunas provides heat to 118,000 people, operating three biomass boilers for a total capacity of 70 MW, corresponding to the use of 218.000 tons of wood chips. The biomass-based boilers of Kaunas Energy are expected to produce 480 GWh of thermal energy per year, thereby avoiding the use of a significant quantity of gas and oil annually. For a country like Lithuania, the close proximity to Russia makes being energy in dependent essential. Bioenergy provides an alternative to Russian gas imports.
Marstal, Denmark: Improving energy security by combining renewables
Solar thermal technologies have already shown they can drastically gas dependency on a large scale. In Marstal, Denmark, a hybrid project combining solar thermal with other RES technologies is suitable to fully cover a district heating needs and serve 1460 people. In 2014, this project had already replaced the equivalent of 1 200 000 m³ of natural gas , which represents the volume of 48 Olympic-size swimming pools. Similar projects are being built all over Denmark: a great step toward less dependency on our fossil fuel imports.
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The #RenEUable initiative is supported by the following renewable energy industry associations: