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10:00, 2nd March 2017

Energy policy chief hails UK district heating boom

The UK’s chief energy policy adviser at the Danish Embassy believes British district heating is booming.

Ian Manders pointed to the rise in value of district heating contract tenders issued in 2016 for the public sector. That value 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.

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

Networks online reports that another boost is on the way for heat networks as the UK’s Building Engineering Services Association announced it will be tackling the "Achilles heel" of district heating networks by publishing a new standard for overall efficiency of schemes.

10:00, 3rd March 2017

District energy scheme to get £1m boost from DSR

The Gateshead District Energy Scheme is to receive a £1 million boost from providing demand side response (DSR) to National Grid through a new partnership with demand response company Flexitricity.

The district heat and power project in Gateshead will become part of Flexitricity's demand response network. The project will receive in excess of £60,000 per year over the next 15 years by providing capacity to National Grid.

The Scheme will provide low-cost, low-carbon heat and power to homes, public buildings and businesses across the centre of Gateshead. The scheme is currently being commissioned, and will be fully operational by mid-2017.

Gateshead Energy Company, the operator of the Gateshead District Energy Scheme, will utilise its combined heat and power system to add 4MW of electricity capacity to a virtual power plant (VPP) managed by Flexitricity.

The VPP will help National Grid absorb periods of excess supply from renewables, while at the same time supporting the district heating scheme.

Leader of Gateshead Council, which owns both the district energy scheme and Gateshead Energy Company Council, Martin Gannon, said the partnership is a "win-win for ourselves and our customers.

"Once we realised that we could bring more revenue into the project by providing capacity to the National Grid - without changing our day-to-day operations - the decision was made for us

"Not only does it support our business model of providing low cost, low carbon energy to homes, organisations and businesses, but Flexitricity's system works seamlessly with our own, meaning we can provide heat and power to our customers while supporting critical national infrastructure."

Originally published at Networks Online

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.

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