Phased approach: optimising heat networks

The government’s new Heat Network Optimisation Guide aims to improve the performance of existing networks by rigorously analysing performance and making cost-effective interventions that maximise efficiency. Alex Smith reports

Case study: Comberton Village College heat network

The installation of a new heat network at Comberton Village College is set to significantly reduce the heating bill and save 248 tonnes of CO2. Andy Pearson speaks to Bouygues Energies & Services about how two 500kW ground source heat pumps replaced oil-fired boilers scattered across 16 plantrooms

Sponsored roundtable: optimising heat interface units

Better education and skills are key factors in enhancing heating interface unit performance. Sponsored by Ideal Heating – Commercial Products, panellists on a CIBSE Journal roundtable address challenges in their design, installation, and operation

Assuring the technical performance of heat networks

To improve the efficiency and resilience of heat networks, a technical assurance scheme is being developed by government and industry to support a new regulatory framework overseen by Ofgem. Phil Jones FCIBSE, Gareth Jones, Freddie Valletta MCIBSE and Lucy Sherburn reveal how compliance will work

Current thinking: connecting a large all-electric housing estate in West London

To connect the all-electric Convent Way Passivhaus scheme to the constrained local grid in West London, the project team has reduced the load estimate by 53% compared with the conventional Rule of Thumb calculation method. Andy Pearson speaks to QODA Consulting’s Henry Metcalfe about how this was achieved

Digging for Britain: Swaffham Prior’s heat network

Escalating energy prices and the urgent need to decarbonise means communities are looking to move away from fossil fuel as a heating source. A pioneering heat network in the Cambridgeshire village of Swaffham Prior is aiming to use a hybrid heat pump system, coupled with a solar farm, to provide ultra-low carbon, affordable heating for every resident, business and school.
Andy Pearson reports

Designing community heat pumps systems for heat networks

Over the past 18 months, heat pumps have replaced CHPs on heat networks, according to FairHeat’s Michael Ridge. The challenge now, he says, is to integrate the technology successfully, while still providing reliable and affordable heat for customers and residents

Ten big changes in CP1 Heat Network Code of Practice

A big update to the CP1 (2020) Heat networks: Code of Practice aims to improve performance and provide the foundations for a quality assurance scheme. The authors, Phil Jones, Paul Woods and Martin Crane, highlight the key changes