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Danfoss acquires ENFOR’s district energy efficiency software

by Madaline Dunn

Multinational Danish engineering group Danfoss has announced that it has acquired ENFOR’s district energy software.

Through this acquisition, it is set to bring the solutions to the global market under the Danfoss Leanheat® suite of sustainable heating and cooling solutions.

The Danfoss Leanheat® solution, it shared, combines cutting-edge technology, data analytics, and artificial intelligence to optimise energy consumption and improve the operational efficiency of district energy and buildings.

While Danfoss has been a minority shareholder in ENFOR since 2020, fully acquiring ENFOR’s district heating software business means that Danfoss enhances the capabilities and accuracy of its Leanheat network suite for district energy utilities to include data-driven temperature optimisation, intelligent load forecasting and micro weather forecasting, which support district energy utilities and energy companies with their green transitions.

ENFOR is an innovative spin-off from the Danish Technical University and delivers solutions for forecasting and optimising energy production and demand, including the optimisation of district energy systems.

Further, it was shared that the potential of using data and machine learning in the energy sector is “massive.”

The latest Danfoss Impact White Paper reveals that an ambitious but realistic rollout of demand-side flexibility technology in the EU and the UK can save 40 million tons of CO2 emissions each year by 2030. This, it shared, is more than Denmark’s domestic climate footprint.

Danfoss Leanheat®, it noted, offers innovative end-to-end software systems and services for the control and optimisation of district energy systems—from people to production.

ENFOR’s solution will be a core part of Danfoss Leanheat® and will see the Danfoss team continuously evolve the combined solution to develop new features to meet the needs of the evolving market, it shared.

After the separation of the district heating activities, ENFOR will continue as an independent legal entity, focusing on developing its advanced machine learning technologies for the electricity sector, with a dedication to renewables and the green energy transition.

Jürgen Fischer, President of Danfoss Climate Solutions, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome ENFOR’s district energy experts and software to Danfoss. Together we can offer a complete solution to utilities for measuring and optimizing the energy efficiency of district energy networks, to better serve our customers. For Danfoss, scaling and enhancing our digital portfolio and offerings is a key priority. By unlocking the potential of artificial intelligence, connectivity, and optimization tools, we make it possible for the utilities and service providers to effectively meet the growing demands for energy efficiency while improving business operations and costs.”

Meanwhile, Mikkel Westenholz, CEO of ENFOR A/S, commented: “We are happy that our district heating services have found a new home with Danfoss, who will be able to integrate the services into their digital platform, and bring the services to the market through their global organization. It has been an exciting journey for ENFOR, where we were an early pioneer for the use of data and machine learning in forecasting and optimization of energy systems. We see it as a strong validation of our business and technology, that a company like Danfoss has acquired our district heating and cooling technology, and we will continue our journey with a focus on renewable energy and the power sector.”

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