Subject area

Heating and Cooling

Our research and development is focused on facilities for producing electricity and heat, contributing in creating a flexible, environmentally conscious, and cost-effective energy system. Here we also engage in research concerning district heating, which is the most common form of heating Sweden, making use of resources that would otherwise be wasted.

When electricity is produced heat is created that in turn is used as district heating. This is called cogeneration and is an important part of production of renewable electricity since it is most often produced by biofuels or through energy recovery by incineration of waste. This research area also encompasses the development of fossil free processes utilising by-products from the pulp and paper industries to replace oil and coal.

The goal of our research is to increase the knowledge and strengthen competences in heat, cooling, and cogeneration to illustrate its role in climate mitigation towards a sustainable society – for example by providing proof of concept for business solutions and future technologies.



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The future of thermal grids

A conference with focus on innovative solutions of low temperature networks and in parallel, technologies to future proof the large systems already in operation.

12 okt 2020


International platform for thermal energy research

Energiforsk and the University of Linköping are now launching the website for the international platform for thermal energy systems research. The platform is based on the conditions of thermal energy systems in Sweden. The aim is to further position and strengthen the development of renewable and competitive Swedish district heating and CHP systems.

20 apr 2020


We welcome your ideas on environmentally sustainable uses of energy ashes

Since many years research has been carried out on how ashes from combined heat and power plants can become a useful resource, for example as compensation for forest biomass extraction. There are still knowledge gaps to fill about potential uses for these ashes and we are looking for research proposals!

10 mar 2020


Flexible heat demand is possible

Recent RnD shows that it is possible to utilize considerable amounts of demand flexibility in district heating grids. With an extended system boundary that includes buildings, district heating grids, and connection to electricity grids, a co-optimization can be performed that creates great economic value for the economy as well as the environment.

29 apr 2019


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