Instructions for Paper

All accepted paper will be published in Energy Procedia.

Best paper(s) will be rewarded with a prize of 1,000 USD!

District heating and cooling are proven urban infrastructures for capturing, moving and using heat and cold efficiently. They hold great potential to be key factors for a more resilient and sustainable energy system. Ensuring the future success of District Heating and Cooling calls for a multi-disciplinary approach to research and development since the use and integration of heating and cooling networks are interconnected in society through economic, environmental and energy considerations. This multi-disciplinary approach, as well as digitalization, flexibility and sector coupling/ hybrid energy network, are reflected in the framework of the next International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling.

During the Symposium researchers will present and discuss their findings. There will be a peer review process by the scientific committee to ensure high quality of the presentations.

All presented research will be published in a scientific journal and be available to the public after the symposium.

Research Topics: 

      1.  Urban energy systems, planning and development

Exploring the systems of District Heating and District Cooling as a driving force for city planning and development. How does city planning influence the development of the District Heating and Cooling Systems.

      2.  Resource efficiency and environmental performance

Exploring the future energy supply issues in District Heating and Cooling, including the integration of renewables, primary energy savings, CO2 emissions and the use of thermal storage. Development of large or regional heat networks. Combined heat and power and District Heating.

      3.  Key elements in District Heating and Cooling systems

Developing the next generation's district heating technology notably low-temperature systems. Developing the systems of today and the key elements in the technology: for example the piping systems, substations and metering techniques. Also issues regarding cost reduction and the increase of service life and asset management. Simulation, modeling and optimization. Demand-side management.

      4.  Sector coupling / hybrid energy networks and digitalization

Exploring the transformation of the energy system by coupling electricity and heating/cooling with latest technologies and renewable energy. 

      5.  Customer relations and market issues

Exploring the role of the District Energy Company, the role of the customer and how these roles interact. Business and infrastructure management and development. Overcoming the challenges for establishing District Heating and Cooling on a commercial basis.

      6.  Policy and regulation

Exploring the role of national/international District Heating and Cooling policies and regulations, and its challenges and opportunities. 

      7.  Open Arena, flexibility and District Heating and Cooling

In line with the broad and multi-disciplinary approach needed to overcome the sector's challenges, we offer the opportunity to submit abstracts with importance to ensure the future of District Heating and Cooling.  



Please check your account for the results of your acceptance.

Submission of Draft Paper for Reviews:  May 31, 2018

Improved paper submission: July 20  July 29, 2018  12:00  UTC+2 (EXTENDED)

Instructions for full manuscript:

Please read carefully and follow the Energy Procedia instruction.

  1. Review the title of your full paper and make sure, that it does not solely consist of capital letters.
  2. Upload your complete full paper document (convert your paper to PDF) with a maximum extent of 10 pages. The file size should not exceed 19 MB per file.
  3. Review the author list. You may add, edit and delete authors assigned to your contribution.
  4. Confirm your submission details and complete the process.
  5. Your submission is completed. You will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards.

The template (MS Word) is available on your page once you log in.

Presentation templates:

Oral Presentation

Length: 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion.
Please prepare the presentation as PDF in order to avoid distortion and bring with a USB flash drive to DHC2018.

Poster Presentation

Length: 3 minutes followed by 2 minutes discussion.
Printing of the poster (A0 size) is responsible for the presenter/authors. Please bring and submit your poster by 10:00 am on September 10th, 2018 at DHC2018.