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10:00, 9th January 2017

12 reasons to turn to Rehau for district heating pipework

There are 12 compelling reasons to install Rehau’s range of district-heating pipework — and they are spelt out in a new 12-page brochure. One reason is that the company’s pipework uses 10% less material than steel and has fittings that are up to 50% quicker to fit — with no hot works.

Another benefit is the Duo form of the pipework being available in lengths of up to 400m, so fewer joints are required.

The brochure also highlights Rehau’s UK-based sales and technical-support team, BIM modelling capability and UK manufacturing.

There is also guidance for specifiers on choosing between Rauvitherm and Rauthermex products, depending on the thermal performance and flexibility requirements of the project.

There is a focus on some high-profile recent installations, including Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire and the Portmeirion village that was made famous as the setting for the 1960s television series ‘The prisoner’.

The brochure can be downloaded from the Rehau web site here and is available for mobile or tablet via the Rehau Docs app.

10:00, 6th January 2017

French district heating drive in full swing

The French Minister of the Environment has appealed to municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants to establish heat networks.

Segolene Royal has pointed to the Ademe Heat Fund, which has already supported nearly 700 projects since 2009 while the National Union of District Heating states that it is ready to work on the formalities.

On the road to Arras (Pas-de-Calais) to inaugurate the installation of a biomass boiler connected to a heating network, Ségolène Royal took the opportunity to speak about the work of the Chaleur Fund managed by the French Environmental and Mitigation Agency. (ADEME), which over the last five years has given a boost to the development of renewable energies in the territories.

The minister said that this fund is "one of the operational tools for the implementation of the Energy Transition Law" which will enable the country to reach the growth objectives of the renewable energy share of the energy mix by 2020 (23%) then 2030 (32%). In particular, provision is made for the amount of renewable heat and cooling delivered by urban networks to be multiplied fivefold by that time.

As a means to that end the minister has called for the mobilization of municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants who are not yet equipped to plan a heat network.

Read more at Decentralized Energy

10:00, 5th January 2017

District heating innovation from Switch2 shortlisted for European smart home award

Community and district heating specialist Switch2 Energy has once again reached the finals of the European Smart Energy Award for excellence in smart metering.

The company’s UK designed and manufactured Incontro smart energy meter has been nominated for the Smart Home Innovation of the Year Award.

This follows Switch2’s success in the prestigious awards in 2016, when it won European Smart Metering Technology of the Year Award and was a finalist in two more categories.

Kirsty Lambert, Director of Switch2 said: “It’s an honour to reach the final of these European Awards for the second year running. Our Incontro technology is a next generation smart metering and energy prepayment system – developed for the community and district heating sector. Our smart meters are already being used by more than 23,000 homes to help residents monitor and control their energy consumption and pay only for what they use – either on a convenient pay-as-you-go basis or via credit billing.”

Housing providers from both the private and social sectors are using Switch2’s smart metering to manage costs, reduce the risk of debt and achieve carbon reduction targets.

Incontro is a flexible energy system that combines either prepayment or credit billing with energy monitoring and control.

The stylish smart meter serves multiple purposes for residents, who can pay for their energy and budget accurately, while also programming, controlling and monitoring their energy use. They have full visibility of how much energy they are using and can view their carbon footprint via a 7 inch colour touch screen display. This is leading to energy efficiency savings and lower bills.

Switch2 Energy provides continuous remote monitoring and management of all Incontro smart meters from its Yorkshire customer service centre. Its experienced customer support advisers are on hand to provide billing, prepayment and administration services to more than 69,000 homes across 430 community energy and district heating schemes.

The European awards will enter their eighth year in 2017 and recognise outstanding practice in smart technology within the utilities sector. The finals will take place on 2 February 2017 at the Smart Energy UK and Europe Summit in London.

Further information: www.incontro.co.uk

10:00, 4th January 2017

Wärtsilä to supply flexible 100MW combined heat and power plant to Germany

Finnish energy equipment manufacturer Wärtsilä will supply a 100MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant to Germany-based energy producer Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden. The Smart Power Generation power plant, consisting of ten Wärtsilä 34SG engines running on natural gas, is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2018.

Wärtsilä's scope covers the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), as well as a 15-year service agreement with performance guarantees. The order is included in the order book for the fourth quarter, 2016.

"Unlike traditional CHP power plants based on coal fired units or gas turbines, the Wärtsilä gas engines can be started and stopped without limitations within just 2 minutes. This allows us to operate in the balancing markets, since we can adjust the power output quickly to respond to the fluctuations in power demand as signalled by the electricity price," said Lars Eigenmann, CEO at Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden AG.

Read more at Bioenergy News

10:00, 2nd January 2017

UK government aims for clearer vision for heat decarbonisation

The UK energy minister says her department hopes to provide a clearer vision to its strategy for heat decarbonisation in 2017, as she announced changes to the main policy driving that agenda, the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Baroness Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property acknowledged that the country had yet to fully agree on the optimal mix of technologies required to decarbonise the heat sector in the most cost effective manner.

She was speaking at the Heat Summit event which also heard from the authors of recent reports by hosts Policy Exchange, Imperial College, and KPMG/ Energy Networks Association.

The minister referred to the technologies currently available, without outright commitment to any one method.

“Heat is very difficult to decarbonise and no consensus is yet reached on the mix needed for the long term and you will have seen that from the various different reports on the subject.”

“We need to be clear on the challenges, clear on the things we start to make progress on now and we need to agree on a long term direction.”

“It is significant that over the last few decades there has been an accumulation of evidence on climate change and a growing momentum in the need to tackle it urgently, leading to the landmark of Paris and ratification by the UK. It is an important sign of our commitment to tackle climate change both here and the rest of the world.”

Read more on this at Decentralised Energy.