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

Decarbonising heat using ambient loop heat networks

As the government aims to decarbonise heat, Locogen’s David Linsley-Hood investigates how ambient heat pump networks could be a potential mechanism for providing low carbon domestic heat in the UK

Intelligence networks: smart grids in Islington and Oxford

Smart energy projects are being piloted in the UK to find out how buildings and infrastructure can be connected intelligently to provide low carbon heat and electricity. Andy Pearson reports on two pilots: GreenSCIES in Islington and Energy Superhub Oxford

Plymouth’s 5th-generation heating network

When Plymouth City Council looked at heating and cooling buildings more efficiently, it found the area’s geology offered a source of energy that enabled it to use the latest heat network technology. Andy Pearson reports

Site test – testing heat networks before handover

Acceptance testing allows developers to see if heat networks are working before handover. The tool is being used across 20 developments, says FairHeat’s Gareth Jones, enabling issues that could lead to poor operation to be identified

Freedom through chains

The adoption of blockchains in heat networks could create a competitive market for the industry, says Guru Systems’ Casey Cole