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PhD defence by Simon Peter Aslak Kondrup Larsen

PhD defence by Simon Peter Aslak Kondrup Larsen

Simon will defend his Phd Thesis "Demand Flexibility in District Heating Networks: An Exploration of Heating Practices When Smart Home Technology Enters Everyday Life". All are welcome.


16.06.2021 kl. 13.00 - 17.00



Low-carbon transition scenarios imply that the district heating network will be increasingly dependent on renewable energy sources (RES) in a near future. As RES are more fluctuating in nature, enabling energy demand flexibility (balancing production and demand) becomes an emerging challenge. Enabling flexibility in the district heating network, include scenarios of integrating residential buildings, using them as short-term thermal storages for heat loads. Shifting the boundaries of the district heating network, using residential buildings actively, calls for a deeper understanding of the role of occupants and how they perform everyday practices.
This dissertation aims to investigate the role of occupants in relation to enabling heat demand flexibility, focusing on mundane aspects of how occupants heat their homes, how they engage with smart home technologies for load shifting and how heating is entangled in everyday life practices. The research contributes with a nuanced picture of occupants’ role in scenarios for enabling a heat demand flexibility, by showing the complex ways in which heating practices are performed and how they reconfigure differently.


  • Assoc. Prof. Charlotte Louise Jensen, Dept. of Planning, Aalborg University (chairman)
  • Senior Researcher Lars Kjerulf Petersen, Aarhus University
  • Senior Lecturer Tom Hargreaves, University of East Anglia


  • Supervisor, Prof. Kirsten Gram-Hanssen, Dept. of the Built Environment, Aalborg University
  • Co-supervisor, Assoc. Prof. Anna Marszal-Pomianowska, Dept. of the Built Environment, Aalborg University
  • Co-supervisor, Postdoc Line Valdorff Madsen, Dept. of the Built Environment, Aalborg University


  • Research Director Hans Thor Andersen, Dept. of the Built Environment, Aalborg University


Planning and Development

Defence Programme

13:00  Welcome by moderator

13:05  Lecture and presentation by Ph.D. student 

13:50  Break
During the break, participants can email questions to the moderator, Hans Thor Andersen hansthor@build.aau.dk, who will present these questions after the Q&A session with the assessment committee.

14:00  Q&A session with the assessment committee

16:00  End of defence
The assessment committee enters another “room”, evaluates and writes the final assessment.

Approx. 16:45  The assessment committee re-joins the “Defence room” and announces its decision.

17:00  End of event


The PhD defence will be carried out online via Zoom.

Link: https://aaudk.zoom.us/j/67123910459  
Meeting ID: 671 2391 0459
Passcode: 125155


For a copy of the thesis, please send an email to inst.build.phd@build.aau.dk.

See invitation in pdf


Department of the Built Environment



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