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10.00, 28th February 2017

IKEA’s 20th UK store to incorporate district heating

The latest UK IKEA store in Sheffield, England is targeting a BREEAM ‘excellent’ accreditation and will incorporate a number of green technologies such as solar photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and linking in with the city’s district heating scheme.

Due to open in the late summer of 2017, IKEA Sheffield will be located on Sheffield Road, Tinsley.

IKEA Sheffield will be the retailer’s most sustainable store to date and will aim to achieve 100% renewable energy.

Electric vehicles will be used for home delivery and IKEA will actively encourage co-workers and visitors to use sustainable transport options and will contribute in excess of £400,000 as part of the Section 106 agreement in sustainable travel.

10.00, 25th February 2017

New ‘Bioheat Profitability Assessment tool’ launched

The Austrian Energy Agency (AEA) and the European Biomass Association, AEBIOM, have teamed up together to launch a new ‘Bioheat Profitability Assessment tool’.

The tool is part of a European Union’s H2020 Bioenergy4Business project. It has been developed for the examination and comparison of investments in biomass-heating and equivalent fossil fuelled systems, for mid-scale production of low temperature space and domestic hot water as well as process heat.

In a statement, AEBIOM said: “The novelty of this tool is that it includes country-specific 2015-based investment data for all heating plant components of wood-pellets, wood-chips, natural gas and fuel oil fuelled in-house and district heating plants for a capacity range of 100 kW to 20.000 kW for 12 European countries.

“For countries where of relevance, data of straw and coal-fired plants are available as well. All data sheets of the tool and its integrated manual can be switched between ten languages.”

More information is available here.

23rd February 2017

New district heating workshops for 2017

REHAU has announced a series of new district heating workshops to be held around the UK and Ireland in 2017.

The first event, building on the success of its events last year, will take place at the Building Centre in London on 23 March, with further workshops to be held in Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin later in the year.

The events are free to attend and are suitable for consultants, contractors, local authorities, developers and housing associations. Attendees will hear presentations from a line-up of industry experts on topics including design and performance, funding and legal, and CIBSE compliance. Delegates will then have the opportunity for a more in-depth view on each topic at late-morning breakout sessions.

Each workshop will also feature a talk from a local case study, so delegates can understand how district heating works in practice, not just theory.

Steve Richmond, head of marketing and technical for Rehau's Building Solutions division, said: "We had some great feedback from our 2016 District Heating workshops, so it was something we were keen to offer again in 2017. There are lots of people out there that want to know about district heating, and our workshops offer them expert advice and information all in one day.

"We've refreshed the delivery of the workshops a little from last year, breaking content down into smaller segments, and adding in new breakout workshops so delegates can get more involved in the discussions."

Due to the popularity of these events, it is advisable to book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit www.rehau.co.uk/districtheating.

10:00, 22nd February 2017

Vital Aim for District Heating Treble

Vital Energi's 10-year partnership with Berkeley Homes and SSE on the Royal Arsenal Riverside development has resulted in a finalist spot on the H&V News Awards 2017 shortlist, which celebrates the best projects in the sustainable and renewable energy sector.

Royal Arsenal Riverside has been shortlisted in the District Heating Project of the Year category, which we are proud to have won in both 2015 and 2016.

The project saw Vital Energi design and deliver an energy solution which evolved alongside the development’s expansion, ensuring optimum performance at every stage. Initially, when demand was low we created a temporary energy centre to service the project and later, as more blocks were connected to the system, we delivered a 15MW permanent energy centre which was capable of meeting the increased demand

The heat created from the energy centre is distributed through a 3.5km district heating network which connects over 20 buildings. This network was designed to be “future proofed” to allow for easy expansion and the connection of more buildings over the 25-year construction period.

Rob Callaghan, Regional Director for Vital Energi commented, “We are extremely proud to have played a part in the 350 year history of Royal Arsenal Riverside by delivering the energy centre and district heating network and would like to congratulate our clients who have always been 100% committed to creating a truly sustainable community which is bringing much needed homes to London.” Construction on the The Royal Arsenal Riverside development is set to continue until 2032 and, when complete, will serve 3,700 homes as well as shops, offices and leisure facilities across the 76 acre site.

The publication of the H&V News Awards shortlist provided further good news for us with the £20m Guardbridge Biomass Energy Centre & District Heating network for the University of St Andrews being included in the Renewable Energy Project of the Year (Commercial/Non Residential) category.

10:00, 21st February 2017

Value of district heating contracts quadruple in 2016

The value of district heating contract tenders issued in 2016 for the public sector has quadrupled, rising to £350m from just £76m the year before.

The Danish Embassy, which monitors contracts as part of its information service to Danish companies providing services to the UK, estimates that over half a billion pounds of public sector contracts have been awarded in the UK.

Ian Manders, UK energy policy advisor at the Embassy, said: "Yet to appear in the figures are £2 billion plus of new heat network schemes that the UK and Scottish Governments are supporting.

"You could say that district heating is booming in Britain."

The Embassy said the estimates are conservative as market information on district heating is difficult to obtain as there is no central market place, although the UK Government publishes a report from time to time on heat network investment opportunities.

Public sector schemes include social housing, city-centre and campus schemes.

Last month the Building Engineering Services Association announced it will be tackling the "Achilles heel" of district heating networks by publishing a new standard the overall efficiency of schemes.