The Aarhus pilot site consists of 20 terraced houses that belong to the Danish housing association ALBOA, the second largest housing association in the city. ALBOA manages approximately 7,000 homes for families, the elderly, disabled and young people. They also rent out a number of institutions and business leases.
The RESPOND pilot site works with residential houses. All the terraced houses are part of the local ALBOA department ‘Vejlby Vest’, which is located in the urban area of Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city. Aarhus has a total population of around 320,000 as well as a very high level of district heating.
The terraced houses from Vejlby Vest were selected because they are of a certain size, which means that they are typically rented by families with a considerable energy consumption. At the same time, it is the type of housing that is best-suited for implementing control and measurement equipment from a technical perspective.
Vejby Vest also has a solar cell plant that produces 620 KWp. Currently, approximately 25% of the energy produced from this solar energy plant is sold back to the grid. If Vejlby Vest could exploit the solar energy themselves, this would have an economic gain worth more than 26,000 EUR. This will benefit all residents in Vejlby Vest. In addition, a better utilisation of solar energy promotes the use of renewables and reduces grid load.