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

Improving heat network data performance at The Guinness Partnership

Using data to analyse performance of a heat network enabled The Guinness Partnership to cut annual energy bills by £65 per dwelling in one pilot project. This convinced it to create strict performance requirements for future projects, as Alex Smith found out

Made to measure – accurate billing for heat networks

To comply with regulations and offer tenants more transparency about their energy consumption, Legal & General has adopted an automated billing system at its multi-let building. Liza Young finds out more

Why SBEM and SAP penalise CHP

Carbon emissions methodologies should use the marginal carbon-emission factor, says ADE’s Hanaé Chauvaud de Rochefort

Greenwich hotel opens door to district heating

The InterContinental Hotel at the O2 was linked to the local heat network after designers convinced the developer of its resilience. Phil Lattimore describes Aecom’s low-carbon strategy