As stated below, the EU project “Solar District Heating” is the place to get the newest information on large-scale solar heating and storage. The latest newletter is distributed these days: You find the most up-to-date newsletter at: http://www.solar-district-heating.eu/NewsEvents/Newsletters.aspx.
In the ranking list, you will find that Braendestrup has taken over the lead that was held for years by Marstal. We find to my happiness, that many countries are involving these days.
Working with “Smart Cities”, the solar thermal solutions have to find their way into the almost electricity-dominated scenario for urban structures. District heating can play a large role offer load shifting capacities in addition to the many added values at hand. How does solar integrate in these scenarios – can these large systems play a role? Questions are restated in an overall Smart Cities context.