The Heat Networks Industry Council launched in UK, consisting of multiple key stakeholders that are pledging to support to development of district heating. Birmingham first commercial office that will be connected to the city's district heating network under development and an extension of the district heating network in Métropole Pau will begin in July. Read more about what is going on during the summer in the UK, France and the rest of the world below.
The Heat Networks Industry Council (HNIC) was launched on the third of June and consists of stakeholders from across the UK heat networks sector including district heating and cooling developers and operators. The council’s vision is that “By 2050, low carbon heating will be the norm, and heat network will constitute a key segment of this. It will be normal for homes and businesses in town and cities to be on heat networks and consumer awareness of heat networks will be high”. Given that the right policies are put in place, the council has pledged to invest £50 billion in to the sector creating 20,000-30,000 new jobs.
As a part of Birmingham City Council’s climate change strategy the 103 Colmore Row commercial office development is to be connected to Birmingham’s District Energy Scheme. Operated in collaboration with the energy company ENGIE, the scheme already provides heating and cooling to The Council House, Town Hall, ICC, Utilitaria Arena, the Library of Birmingham, Aston University and Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital. According the James Howarth, developer of 103 Colmore Row, connecting to district heating is estimated to generate 20% cost reductions in operations and maintenance.
Ten key steps to a COVID-19 recovery plan has been outlined by ScottishPower, which could help UK on its path to reach net zero emissions by 2050. The ten key steps have been clustered in four categories; green generation, net zero networks, electric vehicles (EVs) and low carbon buildings. This includes bringing the Future of Home Standards forward to 2022, and increasing grant funding for heat pumps and district heating.
The energy company E.ON’s planned expansion in Malmö of geothermal energy for district heating has gone into drilling phase. The well is planned to be as deep as five to six kilometres, making it one of Europe’s first industrial scale geothermal project to extract heat from such depths. Expected maximum temperature of extracted heat is 160 degrees Celcius, which is sufficient for being transmitted into Malmö’s current district heating network.
To improve the efficiency of district heating services in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, the World Bank has granted a €92M financial investment loan. New installation of fuel-efficient co-generation equipment along with reconstruction and modernisation of existing heat and power generation will let Termoelectrica, the district heating company of Chisinau, provide more efficient services. Termoelectrica was created 2015 out of a reform of the previous district heating company backed by the World Bank District Heating Efficiency Improvement Project and the Swedish Government that provided technical assistance support.
In July, work will begin on laying a 44 km network in the city of Pau and its agglomeration. The network will supply heat and hot water to office buildings, sports and leisure facilities, collective housing, educational establishments and health establishments. The extension of the network also includes the construction of a gas-fired power plant, which will supply heat to the network. Construction commenced end of May.
The PSA factory in Charleville-Mézières has begun recovering heat from its ovens to heat its own buildings, allowing for a reduction in annual gas costs of nearly 30% (€250,000). The factory is already supplying recovered heat to the surrounding district heating network. The investment was financed by EDF as part of the government initiative energy savings certificate (certificat d’economie d’energie). Extension to more ovens in the plant is planned for later this year.
In Grand Poitiers, extension of the district heating network has recommenced after confinement. The new network will enable a total district heating coverage of 32 km and 12 600 connected households. Main heat sources to the network are waste incineration and boiler plants (wood and straw), ensuing a network with 70% renewable energy sources.
Sweden is at the forefront of decentralised heat networks technology. Our aim for “Sustainable Heating & Cooling by Sweden” is to facilitate knowledge sharing between British, French and Swedish stakeholders and develop and encourage environmental and economic best practice.
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