Coming to a city near you
Scotland’s vision for heat networks is being realised with Midlothian Council partnering with Vattenfall in a joint venture to build a number of district heating networks and low carbon energy projects, some of which are already underway.
One of the projects we are working on together is a heat network for Shawfair on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The network will draw heat from an energy from waste facility at Millerhill. The project is expected to save over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking 1,200 petrol cars off the road.
There are plans to expand this heat network to other areas of Edinburgh, creating a network on the scale of the district heating projects found in places like Amsterdam and Berlin.
Meanwhile in North London, Vattenfall is partnering with Brent Cross South developer Argent Related to provide low carbon heating to homes, shops, and other businesses in the redevelopment scheme in Barnet. At 8 MW it will be the largest installation of heat pumps in a heat network in the UK.
Over to the East of the City, we are building a heat network to supply more than 10,000 homes using heat captured from Cory Riverside Energy’s energy-from-waste plant. In the future this could extend to a heat network for East London that would supply low-carbon heat to 75,000 properties.
In 5th generation networks, decentralised heat pumps draw heat from an ambient loop, meaning that excess heat can be removed and redirected to provide heat elsewhere. In this way, the system can provide both heating and cooling.
Another development in heating technology being tested is the ‘Internet of heat’. This is the idea that users could both buy and sell heat and energy, allowing consumers to become producers too. This could one day lead to local energy and heat markets, with distributed, decentralised micro-generation that would lower energy bills, increase efficiency and help to provide a sustainable alternative to the fossil fuel industry.
The upfront costs of investing in the necessary infrastructure for tomorrow’s heat networks can be shared in line with these benefits for local government, utility companies, housing providers and other investors, working together to realise a fossil-free future.
Initiatives have already been established to facilitate such collaboration, including the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) and the Heat Networks Delivery Unit.
Vattenfall is actively working with the UK government to help devise schemes that will provide financial incentives to developers and local government.
The heat revolution is underway
With over 100 years of history working with local governments to deliver low-carbon heat and energy, and having already invested £3 billion in UK wind power over the last decade, Vattenfall is now bringing its experience and vision to change the face of heating in cities across the UK.
The heat revolution in the UK has begun.
If you would like to know more about how we are working to accelerate the journey towards becoming fossil free in one generation, you can read more about our vision here:
Britain showed global leadership when the UK government set the pledge to hit net zero by 2050. With careful planning and strong partnerships, it is achievable for heat to go fossil-free within one generation.
We can turn the tide on climate change for the benefit future generations.