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12:36 - 12th February 2012

RenEnergy to host UKs’ first RHI conference

The UKs’ first conference about the renewable heat incentive is due to be held at the end of February at Dunston Hall in Norwich. The organisers of the conference, RenEnergy, are aiming to raise awareness both across Norfolk and beyond as to the benefits the RHI can bring.

Heating accounts for over 40% of the UKs’ carbon emissions, so low and zero carbon heating solutions are high on the agenda for the UK government and the EU alike. Traditionally low carbon or renewable heating solutions have bee very expensive to install so the RHI has been introduced to try and make these technologies more commercially attractive.

Managing director for RenEnergy, Damian Baker, commented, “RenEnergy are excited about hosting their first-ever Renewable Heat Incentive conference which has been bought together thanks to the hard work of our employees and the support of key businesses within the industry. We hope the conference will provide attendees with all the information they need to take advantage of the RHI and its benefits, as well as increase awareness of the different technologies available.”

As the first event of its kind in the UK, the conference has attracted sponsorship from Anglia Biofuels, Veissmann and Vailant and will take place on February 29th starting at 9.30am. Speakers will include industry experts and technology manufacturers and there will be an opportunity to discuss specific projects with RenEnergy and others before the event closes at 3pm.

Further information on the event is available from RenEnergy on 0845 225 2727 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



09:50 - 10th February 2012

District Energy for the 'Facebook Generation' 


Israeli company AORA solar are hoping to capture the hearts and minds of the ‘Facebook generation’ with their uniquely designed district energy hubs. These community scale generators double up as huge sculptures, 35 metres tall and with around 50 mirrors aimed at the sun.

“This project should be put on Facebook so all the children of the world can see it, not only in professional magazines,” said designer Haim Dotan, “Beauty doesn’t mean that it’s more expensive. It’s down to fun and hard work.”

The ‘tulip towers’ as they have been dubbed generate only around 100kW of energy during the day, although they can be integrated with biomass or gas fired boilers to provide district heating at night. Because of the low power output, each tower is intended to serve only around 60 domestic properties. This fits with the company’s goal of having many ‘tulips’ in residential areas closer to the properties they are serving, thereby reducing transmission losses in the network.

The units cost around $550,000 each, making these a relatively inexpensive addition to a housing development. The company hopes that the low outlay will allow developers to build up capacity slowly without the huge loans required to integrate larger solar district energy plants.

Read more about these innovative towers at Bloomberg News.

22:20 - 9th February 2012

Ed Davey Launches Energy Efficiency Deployment Office


The UK’s new Energy and Climate Secretary, Ed Davey, has officially launched the new Energy Efficiency Deployment Office (EEDO) yesterday in Sloane Square. The dedicated team within DECC will be responsible for driving forward energy efficiency policy and helping to deliver the Green Deal.

The team will be made up of 50 employees based at the DECC headquarters in London. As well as supporting Green Deal Mr. Davey has specified that the team will be helping to drive forward the uptake of renewable heat as well as the rollout of smart meters. They will also be developing a new energy efficiency strategy for the UK to help identify the potential for future action.

DECC has launched a call for evidence to help underpin this strategy. Read more on this at the H&V magazine website.

18:15 - 5th February 2012

UKDEA members EnviroEnergy Ltd launch new district energy smart meter 


The UKs longest established district energy company, EnviroEnergy, have launched their own purpose designed smart meter, offering wireless monitoring of all the energy and water each household consumes.

The eemonitor has been designed with the social housing sector in mind and is already being used in around 1000 homes across the country. Developed using the expertise of EnviroEnergy engineers and the companys' 30 years of district energy experience, the monitor measures heat, electricity and water.

The data from the monitor measures and reports the amount of energy consumed, as well as the energy cost and carbon impact of the households consumption. With this information, the householder can opt to pre pay any one, or all three, of their utilities through the Pay Point network, the billing and payment being handled by EnviroEnergy. 

In addition to allowing the householders to monitor their consumption, the data is also fed back via AMR (automatic meter readings) to the scheme managers and operators. Easy to install and simple to read, it is the first of its kind in the UK allowing monitoring of all three utilities from one device.

Read more on the eemonitor website.

12:15 – 3rd February 2012


UKDEA LinkedIn Group continues to discuss incentives for district heating


Since the start of the discussion many more people have made suggestions and comments on the situation regarding funding for District Heating installations.

Most recently John Knight, PIPE2000, said: The thermal conductivity of the insulation used in different brands of pre-insulated pipes can vary from 0.0216 to 0.040 W/mK. The thickness of insulation can also be different between brands. The end result is that in some instances Brand B can lose twice as much heat as Brand A. Specifiers and decision makers should be aware of this. There should be a standard way for manufacturers to present heat loss information in a clear and unambiguous way.

Gareth Ellis, Cranfield University, said: I am currently looking at the feasibility of replacing an ageing and very inefficient district heating network on a University campus with a view to then installing biomass heating to supplement an existing CHP unit. However frustratingly the price of gas is such that it is very difficult to get a payback for doing this.

Richard Edwards, Carbon Synq replied: Gareth - have you considered woodgas to spark engines (listeroids)? work well and efficient.

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