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    Developing heat networks in the UK

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    10 October 2013

    One day conference supported by  



    There is increasing recognition of the important role to be played by heat networks in delivering a sustainable future. Heat networks can provide a lower carbon solution to heat provision that is also cheaper for consumers, and they enable us to use a range of sources of surplus and renewable heat as well as highly efficient CHP technology. 

    There remain substantial challenges in initiating and establishing heat network infrastructure; the good news is that a programme to provide practical assistance has now been established, and results from new research can be integrated for effective future solutions.

    By attending this conference, delegates will:

    • learn about the government’s new Heat Networks Delivery Unit that has been established to provide £6 million in funding for advice and feasibility work
    • gain an insight into the experiences and achievements of flagship schemes within the UK that have recently been established or extended
    • Hear about the new Call for Proposals from the International Energy Agency (IEA) District Heating and Cooling programme, and from experts participating in the programme and applying its results.

    Local authorities and students receive a discount.  Contact events@bre.co.uk or telephone 01923 664800 for your discount code.

    Event programme

    09:30   Registration and refreshments  
    10:00   Welcome and introduction  
    10:05   A new programme for supporting the development and expansion of  heat networks   

    Stephen Brooks, Investment Director, Heat Networks Delivery Unit

    10:40   IEA District Heating & Cooling programme: new Call for Proposals Robin Wiltshire, Technical Director, BRE
    11:00   Refreshments  
    11:30   Bunhill Heat & Power, Islington Charlotte Large, Decentralised Energy Programme Manager, Islington Council
    12:00   SELCHP Heat Network

    Ian Smith, Head of Sustainable Services, Southwark Council

    12:30   Q&A session  
    13:00   Lunch  
        SESSION 3: NEW IDEAS  
    14:00   Low temperature systems in new-build and existing heat networks Professor Svend Svendsen, Technical University of Denmark
    14:30   Integrating renewable energy sources and thermal storage

    Professor Sven Werner, University of Halmstad, Sweden

    15:00   Refreshments  


    Identifying secondary heat sources for future sustainable heat networks  

    Peter North, Senior Manager – Programme Delivery (Sustainable Energy), GLA

    15:45   Serving communities of the future : smart energy systems     

    David Connolly, Assistant Professor, 4DH Research Centre, Denmark

    16:15   Conclusions  
    16:30   Close  


    Intended audience

    Consulting engineers, developers, local authority personnel (including those in planning, finance, environmental)

    For more information:

    Caroline McGill
    01923 664800

    For more information

    Caroline McGill
    01923 664800