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10:00, 13th December 2016

SMRs could have ‘key role in district heating’

Small modular nuclear reactors can play a key role in providing low carbon heat for district heating systems, according to the strategy manager of the UK’s Energy Technologies Network.

Mike Middleton said that “district heating energized by nuclear is proven” in some European countries such as Finland and he added that he believed SMR’s could electrify the estimated 2000 heat networks in the UK.

He was speaking at a panel discussion on the role of SMRs at the UK’s Nuclear Industry Association’s ‘Nuclear 2016’ conference in London last week.

Also on the panel was Chris Lewis, energy infrastructure lead partner at EY, who said that “we see a strong future for nuclear in the UK”.

He added that “the prize for SMRs is that they are similar to the automotive industry – you design it once and then just repeat it”.

You can view this original article and the interview itself at Power Engineering International.

10:00, 12th December 2016

Support programme to boost low carbon tech in Cumbria

The University of Cumbria has launched a new business support programme to help SMEs in the country improve efficiency, grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry. Eco-Innovation Cumbria will encourage local businesses to invest in low carbon technologies by showing how their use can increase innovation.

It is hoped that the programme will help businesses develop new products and markets, in turn enhancing the growth of the low carbon and environmental goods sector within Cumbria. The four year project funded by the European Regional Development Fund is a partnership led by the University of Cumbria with Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire.

Eco-innovation Cumbria can provide support to a variety of projects, including those in environmental technology, water, renewable energy, waste, carbon management, energy storage, food security, micro-energy systems, resource efficiency, district heating schemes, fuel cells, off-grid production, bio-energy, energy from waste and pollution control.

Corinne Watson from Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership, which is overseeing the county’s European Structural and Investment Funds explains: “Eco-innovation Cumbria is ideal for businesses which need R&D support, have a new technology idea to develop or are seeking to increase their efficiency.

"It is supporting SMEs to grow capacity and develop new solutions for industry, with a range of short to long term interventions delivered by partner universities.”

University of Cumbria pro vice chancellor Sandra Booth adds: “Businesses working with their local university have a proven competitive advantage in terms of their innovation potential and productivity.

“The University of Cumbria has a significant knowledge base in eco system services and energy efficiency which we are keen to share through our staff and students, working on real world energy and sustainability challenges faced by our business partners.”

The Eco-Innovation Cumbria Project will provide a variety of free workshops and events around Cumbria to explore innovation challenges. It will also develop collaborative research projects between the University partners and SMEs.

Originally published at BQLive

10:00, 9th December 2016

EIB Supports Lithuanian Heat-And-Power Plant Development

A EUR 190 million loan agreement has been signed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to construct a combine-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vilnius.

The agreement with Lietuvos Energija for the greenfield construction project is expected to lower municipal waste landfilling, decrease energy prices as well as cut emissions and improve the security of energy supply in the country. The EIB loan is guaranteed under the “Investment plan for Europe” of the Juncker Commission.

The loan agreement was signed in Vilnius this morning, where the EIB’s Vice President Jan Vapaavuori commented: “Lithuania has a growing economy and an increased need for cleaner environment and efficient use of energy resources. I am glad that through the “Investment plan for Europe” the EIB can support Lietuvos Energija and the Lithuanian people in financing a key stepping stone to an improved security of supply, as well as more cleanly generated energy. The mission of the EIB is to improve the quality of life for citizens, for example by helping to reduce energy bills while also cutting pollution. Here I think we are doing just that.”

The project consists of a biomass-fired and a waste-to-energy-fired CHP plant with total capacity of 88 MWe and 227 MWth supplying electricity to the national grid and heat to the district heating system in Vilnius. The plant will provide electricity to the national grid (413 GWh/y) and useful heat (1180 GWh/y) to the district heating system in Vilnius, thus ensuring a reliable heat supply at lower than current costs.

Read more on this at Blue and Green Tomorrow

10:00, 8th December 2016

District Heating and Cooling Market to Reach US$ 229 Billion by 2023

New York, December 05: Market Research Engine has published a new report titled as “Global District Heating and Cooling Market Analysis by Size, Share, Trends, Growth and Forecast 2015 – 2023”

The district heating and cooling market is expected to exceed more than US$ 229 Billion by 2023 growing at a CAGR of around 5.7% in the given forecast period 2016 to 2013.

You can access further information on this as well as the full report here.

14:00, 7th December 2016

Vital Energi and University of St Andrews win award for Sustainable Development

The £25 million Biomass Energy Centre & District Heating Network for the University of St Andrews has been celebrated at one of Scotland’s most prestigious awards ceremonies, winning the Sustainable Development category of the Scottish Green Energy Awards.

The project saw Vital Energi wo rk in partnership with the University to realise the their vision for a campus-wide low carbon energy system by refurbishing an Old paper mill building, transforming it into a state of the art Biomass based energy centre that will, in future, form the heart of a planned new technology focused business park.

The new energy system feeds remote University Buildings more than 6km away through a highly thermally efficient 23km underground district heating network. The project will bring significant environmental benefits which will see carbon emissions reduced by over 6,000 tonnes per year.

Mike Cooke explained, “We have worked closely with the University on this project since September 2014 and experienced first-hand their commitment to the environment and their enthusiasm to be involved at every step of the way. We’re delighted the project has been recognised at this prestigious event and we would like to acknowledge the patience and support of the local residents and project stakeholders who experienced disruption while the heat network was formed.”

In addition to the building, mechanical and engineering works, Vital Energi took part in the Guardbridge Guarantee, helping the University to ensure that the project also delivered tangible benefit to Scotland and the local community. Vital Energi worked closely with all stakeholders including local residents and businesses to maximise local spending (73%) and local employment.

433 local people have benefitted from employment associated with the implementation and continued operation of the scheme over the next 5 years, 79% of those are employed live within Fife and Central Scotland.

Professor Verity Brown, Vice Principal (Enterprise & Engagement), said: “To win such a prestigious award against competition from across Scotland is an outstanding achievement. The energy centre at the Eden Campus at Guardbridge is a remarkable engineering project which would not have been possible without our partners, Vital Energi.

“It is a project that would not have possible without the forbearance and support of local people in and around Guardbridge.”