Low-carbon heat distribution networks
The lengthy development process necessary to fully implement and reap the benefits of urban heat networks has resulted in some schemes relying on gas CHP possibly causing higher operational carbon emissions.
We hear from the team at Coronation Square where the heat network installer has entered into a 40-year ESCo arrangement. The energy centre presently has capacity to supply heat to 750 homes. An additional 1500 homes and community facilities will ultimately be powered by two 500k air source heat pumps bringing an end the use of gas-fired CHP and a full electrification of heat.
- How can developers install heat networks to ensure that potential carbon emissions savings are realised as quickly as possible?
- What are the fact and figures on the viability of low-carbon heat networks?
- How can local authorities support developers of medium-sized schemes to utilise the same technology to bring electric low-carbon heat to more dwellings?