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CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 5 Reads 0 Citations New Role of District Heating as Infrastructure for Increasing the Use of Renewable Energy Sources Published: 01 November 2012
Renewable energy sources (RES) will certainly play a key role in moving towards sustainable development of economy. Talking about prospects of the use of solar energy, it is evident that the main market is the heating sector in the consumer\'s side. The main and most important problems, determining that the absorption process in the consumer\'s side is slow, are the lack of knowledge and organisation, large and deterrent amount of investments, and particularly differences of motivation between energy suppliers and consumers in the heating sector. The main purpose of the research is what conditions are required for heat energy that is produced by consumers based on solar technology and how this type of heat energy source would be able to compete with other energy sources. District heating (DH) may be an appropriate infrastructure for the implementation of RES technologies both in production and demand side. Conclusions were drawn concerning on what scale and under what assumptions the use of solar technologies may be competitive.
CONFERENCE-ARTICLE 8 Reads 0 Citations Promotion of Renewable Energy for District Heating in Lithuania as EU member Published: 02 November 2011
Promotion of use of renewable energy sources are among the priorities of energy policy in Lithuania. District heating (DH) technology is promising tool for implementing energy and environment policy goals. Lithuania acceded to the European Union (EU) in 2004. Integration of new member states to the EU has created a new situation in the frame of implementation of EU sustainable development. At the moment the use of renewable energy is relevant for Lithuania not only for sustainable development targets, but also for practical reasons. After the closure of Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant Lithuanian energy sector development faced with significant challenges. Energy sector, including district heating, became dependent on natural gas. Lithuania imports natural gas from the sole energy supplier - Russia (Gazprom). New challenges for district heating sector are related to the possibilities of integration of renewable and local energy resources. A wider use of renewable energy can help to diversify of energy supply and to meet the targets of sustainable development. The paper presents an overview of the present Lithuanian and EU legal regulation of the use of renewable energy sources. Also the problems related to the use of renewable energy sources in district heating supply and measures that promote the use of these sources are analysed in the article.