Finally it’s time for the 8th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems

14. December 2021

The Smart Energy System concept is essential for cost-effective 100% renewable energy systems. The concept includes a focus on energy efficiency, end use savings and sector integration to establish energy system flexibility, harvest synergies by using all infrastructures, lower energy storage cost as well as to exploit low-value heat sources.

As opposed to, for instance, the smart grid concept, which takes a sole focus on the electricity sector, the smart energy systems approach includes the entire energy system in its identification of suitable energy infrastructure designs and operation strategies. Focusing solely on the smart electricity grid often leads to the definition of transmission lines, flexible electricity demands, and electricity storage as the primary means of dealing with the integration of fluctuating renewable sources. However, these measures are neither very effective nor cost‐efficient considering the nature of wind power and similar sources. The most effective and least costly solutions are to be found when the electricity sector is combined with the heating and cooling sectors and/or the transport sector. Moreover, the combination of electricity and gas infrastructures may play an important role in the design of future renewable energy systems, and the electrification of heating and transport – possibly through electrofuels – can play a pivotal role in providing flexibility and ensuring renewable energy integration in all sectors.

In future energy systems, energy savings and 4th generation district heating can be combined, creating significant benefits. Low‐temperature district heat sources, renewable energy heat sources combined with heat savings represent a promising pathway as opposed to individual heating solutions and passive or energy+ buildings in urban areas. Electrification in combination with district heat is a very important driver to eliminate fossil fuels. Power heat, power to gas and power to liquid together with energy efficiency and 4th generation district heating create a flexible smart energy system. These changes towards integrated smart energy systems and 4th generation district heating also require institutional and organisational changes that address the implementation of new technologies and enable new markets to provide feasible solutions to society.

We invite researchers and experts from industry and business to contribute to further enhancing the knowledge of smart energy systems, 4th generation district heating, electricfication, electrofuels and energy efficiency.

Aim and Organisers

The aim of the conference is to establish a venue for presenting and discussing scientific findings and industrial experiences related to the subject of Smart Energy Systems based on renewable energy, 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems (4GDH), electrification of heating and transport sectors, electrofuels and energy efficiency. This 8th conference in the series cements it as a main venue for presentations and fruitful debates on subjects that are pertinent to the development and implementation of smart energy systems to fulfil national and international objectives. The conference is organised by Aalborg University and Energy Cluster Denmark.


Again in 2022, we look forward to welcoming our participants to a hybrid conference with the possibility to attend either online or in person – this time in Aalborg. In Aalborg, you can attend the conference sessions in person, while the online conference platform enables you to attend the conference virtually. Via the platform you will have access to watch all recorded presentations; interact in writing with the presenters and nominate candidates for the Best Presentation Award. The online conference platform will be open both before and after the conference in Aalborg. Conference Chairs Prof. Henrik Lund, Aalborg University Prof. Brian Vad Mathiesen, Aalborg University Prof. Poul Alberg Østergaard, Aalborg University Hans Jørgen Brodersen, Energy Cluster Denmark.

Conference fees
  • Early registration (for presenters with accepted abstracts): 350 EUR (attendance in Aalborg) / 250 EUR (virtual attendance)
  • Normal fee: 450 EUR (attendance in Aalborg) / 350 EUR (virtual attendance)
  • Additional fee for conference dinner (Aalborg): 100 EUR
Submission Procedure

Both scientific and industrial contributions to the conference are most welcome. To attend the conference as a presenter, you need to submit both an abstract and a recorded presentation. The abstract must be submitted by 28 March 2022.The recorded presentation must be prepared in the summer of 2022. Once your abstract is accepted for presentation, you will receive more information and a guideline to the recording of your presentation. Abstracts can be submitted via from 15 December 2021 to 28 March 2022.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a scientific and an industrial committee. Authors of approved abstracts may be invited to submit papers to special issues of Energy, Smart Energy, IJSEPM and Energies. Abstracts may be presented at the conference without uploading a full paper, as this is not a requirement.

Best Presentation Awards will be given to a selected number of presenters at the conference.