District heating

A system that saves primary energy, reduces pollution and increases energy efficiency

Most of the energy used for district heating services is produced by means of cogeneration, i.e. the combined production in a single process of electricity and heat, which leads to a significant reduction in emissive and climate-altering agents and a general enhancement of energy systems, which is an enabling tool for the necessary energy transition.


The Project

An agreement is in force with HERA S.P.A. for the supply of the district heating and cooling service to buildings in the Municipality of Bologna and envisages five lines:

  1. New connections "Cittadella Universitaria";
  2. New "Bertalia District" connections;
  3. Maintenance work for the technological upgrading of existing distribution substations;
  4. New tariff;
  5. Innovative services for the monitoring, management and control of consumption.

The project also makes it possible to decommission the existing thermal power stations running on diesel fuel, replacing them with heat exchangers connected to the city's district heating networks.


The goals

  • reduction of atmospheric and fuel pollutant emissions
  • reduction of possible smoke poisoning and explosion risks
  • reduction of maintenance costs
  • savings in energy consumption and improvement in energy consumption calculations
  • control and timely monitoring of service quality


The state of progress

By 2022, there are a total of 53 facilities already served by district heating, distributed as follows:

  • 39 in Bologna
  • 6 on the Forlì Campus
  • 5 at the Imola Campus
  • 1 on the Rimini Campus
  • 2 on the Cesena Campus

for a total thermal energy production of approximately 30,000,000 kWh/year.