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22:15 - 29th January 2012

Londons' first Energy from Waste Scheme moves a step closer


Home and businesses in the Southwark area of London could soon be keeping warm with heat produced from burning the city’s waste, under plans for the first EfW district heating scheme of its type in the capital.

Detailed proposals have been published by Southwark Council which show how they plan to capture heat produced by the South East London Combined Heat and Power Plant (SELCHP) in Deptford and pipe this heat to the boiler houses which serve over 3000 homes in the borough.

There are many examples of similar schemes in Europe but only a handful of the district heating schemes in the UK use heat produced by an incinerator. Sheffield and Nottingham boast a couple of these examples, but if approved this scheme will be the first of its kind in London. 

The SELCHP plant has been operational since 1994 and produces both heat and power on site, although until now the heat has been released into the environment. Southwark expects to be able to use about 30% of the heat initially, with the potential to expand the scheme to use more in future. The district heating scheme is under negotiation with the council’s waste contractor and UKDEA member Veolia.

10.14 - 27th January 2012

New appointments for UKDEA member Econergy

Econergy would like to announce two new additions to the commercial team.

Ian Herdman

Ian joins Econergy as Commercial Manager for the South West and South Wales Region and will be our link with Public and Private sector clients, Consultants and Contractors. He will be developing schemes, and advising on solutions whilst remaining the client’s link with the company.

Ian was previously employed as a business development manager with ETDE Contracting Ltd and brings with him a detailed knowledge of the built environment. He is looking forward to meeting with the clients who are considering Biomass as an option following the announcement launching the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

Joanna Hampsheir

Is also slots online spielen joining us as Commercial Manager. Joanna will be covering the South East Region managing new projects from concept design through to contract. Joanna has worked in sales and business development across a range of industries, most recently within the Renewable Energy Industry.

Joanna has experience of a number of different renewable technologies and most recently specialised in Photovoltaics and Biomass Systems and is looking forward to working within a client focussed organisation.


15.52 - 26th January 2012

The Greater London Authority says CHP and district heating are the most effective solutions for decarbonising cities - agree or not?

New Comment on this topic from our LinkedIn discussion group - The UK District Energy & District Heating Group

Bob Fiddik Agree totally. CHP/DH may often be unviable in new development because of low heat loads, but this isn't the main problem - the existing stock is. However, regulation and planning can only control new-build hence this often gets the focus. UK policy is still focused on saving carbon at opposite ends of the energy system - the home and the power station. It is casino online currently totally inadequate for dealing with neighbourhood or city scale solutions like DH/CHP which would be the most cost effective ways to cut carbon and heat costs.
Orthodox view is that we spend lots of cash insulating new and existing buildings, then spend lots of cash on heat pumps, more cash on upgrading the electricity network, and then even more on large scale CCS and nuclear. CHP/DH certainly isn't a panacea - but I think it's more cost effective than this "orthodox" approach in urban areas. As the Danes have found, DH is every bit as flexible as an "energy carrier" as the electricity system, so you get improved energy security.

10.20 - 25th January 2012

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and District Energy – a heated debate

Following the launch of the RHI, the district energy industry has been a buzz with debate over whether the incentive does enough to encourage well designed district heating schemes. One of the main issues is that the scheme bases its payment rates on the presumption that as the scheme grows in size, the cost of equipment in terms of each kWh generated reduces. Whilst this is true of many renewable heat technologies, it is not so for district heating, particularly large schemes where there are long stretches of heat pipes and multiple terminations.

The proposal for a heat pipe payment (HPP) is designed to go some way towards supporting the larger schemes as it would generate a higher payment rate for larger schemes which are using more pipe. This suggestion by a member of the UKDEA’s District Energy and District Heating Group on LinkedIn has sparked an interesting debate around the subject and some thought provoking responses.

UKDEA member Keith Riley, from Veolia Environmental Services commented, “The RO and RHI need to be reformed to support energy efficiency. At the moment neither do that - indeed, the RO actually encourages relatively low efficiency technologies.”

Other contributors suggested that there should have been a District Heating element within the RHI for installations of over 1MW that meet certain conditions.

The discussion includes a poll of readers, which currently suggests that over 60% of the voters consider a Heat Pipe Payment (HPP) to be a critical addition to the RHI if it is to truly support large district heating schemes, compared to just 6% who think it would make little difference. The debate is ongoing, so to register your vote or air your views on this topical discussion visit the UKDEA LinkedIn group or submit your views to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for inclusion.

09.35 - 25th January 2012

Welcome to the UKDEA District Energy News Page

The UKDEA is pleased to announce the introduction of a news page to the website. Featuring news from the UKDEA as well as related District Energy articles. We hope to extend the interest we have been generating on our social networks including discussions in our LinkedIn group and the subjects people are talking about on Twitter, with the addition of this information base. You can keep informed by using our RSS feed.

If you haven’t already done so you can connect with us on LinkedIn Facebook and Twitter and join our LinkedIn group to be part of the debate. If you have an article would like to see added to the news pages of our website, please submit it to the secretary for inclusion.