Experienced market development and sales manager, Nigel Ebdon, has joined TEAM Energy to drive the organisation’s business development in the South. Nigel has over 30 years’ experience in sales across energy software, BEMS, and metering solutions.
We all like to do our bit for the planet. Supporting sustainable action comes in many forms, from small habits around the house, to larger lifestyle choices like investing in electric vehicles as a way of keeping down our personal carbon footprint. However, there are many items we use often in everyday life that have a greater impact on global warming than you think.
Switch2 Energy has won funding from The Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES) to improve efficiency and carbon performance across 9 of the district and communal heating schemes it operates.
The £4.175 million HNES government grant scheme supports performance improvements to existing heat networks. The aim is to deliver sustained efficiency savings in fuel consumption and carbon emissions to provide a greener, more reliable, cost effective heat supply for residents.
Switch2 will work with partners to carry out optimisation studies, which will identify opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce carbon emissions at 8 of the district and community heating schemes. At the 9th project, funding will be used to support upgrades to heat network insulation and controls, which will result in cost and carbon savings.
The studies will be informed by Switch2’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled Optimise technology, which uses big data and remote connectivity to gain complete visibility of performance across the entire heat network.
In this way, inefficiencies and faults can be identified, diagnosed and often remotely remedied. Switch2’s Optimise platform has helped to deliver average 35% energy savings across other existing heat networks, where it has informed highly targeted improvements.
Richard Harrison, CEO of Switch2 Energy said “Improving the energy and operational performance of the UK’s 17,000 legacy heat networks, many of which run at high temperatures and low efficiencies, can make a huge contribution to tackling rising energy costs and decarbonising heat.
“The HNES funding will enable us to take an intelligent approach to identifying and remedying these inefficiencies to benefit the thousands of residents connected to the 9 heat networks involved, while supporting the UK’s transition to net zero.”
Local area energy planning for low carbon heat networks is the topic of a presentation by Switch2 Energy at the Future of Heat Conference in Birmingham on Wednesday 30 March.
Ian Allan, Head of Market Strategy for Switch2 Energy, will discuss proven ways that local partners can work together to decarbonise heat networks, including rigorous engagement with residential communities.
He will cite best practice examples of local heat network partnerships in action and discuss procurement strategies for the cost effective decarbonisation of district and community heat schemes.
The need for effective local planning is expected to become even more important with the proposed 2025 introduction of heat network zones – that will require certain local buildings to source their heat from their area network.
Ian Allan said: “Heat network owners and operators face a triple challenge of providing affordable, resilient, green heat. Balancing the cost of decarbonisation is a difficult goal, which will require smarter procurement, careful planning and close collaboration with all local stakeholders, particularly the residents who actually consume and pay for the heat.”
The Future of Heat Conference, co-sponsored by Switch2, brings together industry experts to discuss how unified groups of stakeholders can drive real progress in heat decarbonisation across the UK.
Find out more about the Future of Heat Conference and register for the event: https://event.networks.online/heat/agenda/