Heat networks should deliver 18% of heat in the UK by 2050, currently that is between 1% and 2%. In the past year even more cities have declared climate emergencies and the ambition to become truly low carbon by 2030. Meanwhile, the UK government has challenged cities to permanently remove 70% of their carbon emissions by 2030.
So how can city-centre heat networks help? What can we do? What can't we do? Who needs to do it?
In our second webinar we got into the costings to get a feel for the scale of the economics involved. We then produced a first effort of a financial model. This allowed to flag up how policy must impact on the project.
How did we do? What's wrong? What's right? What is just plain crazy... we want to hear from you. Together, we can make this happen.
In our first webinar we wanted to visualise what a city centre heat network would look like and get a feel for the scale and deployment.
We present the software and collaborative methodology we have adopted to leverage the power of the Comsof Heat software. In this webinar we explore the first level challenges- we need better costing and a financial model that will attract investors and reassure policy makers.
Ben of Minibems and Dave of Star Renewable Energy start discussing the potential for the heat network. Having met Kurt of Comsof Heat, it is agreed that this software provides the perfect platform to begin exploring the questions and challenges that such an endeavour raises.
The first iteration is based on one heat pump with multiple booster heat pumps throughour the city. However, we settle on 4 heat pumps providing the heat supply for much of Glasgow City Centre. We realise that we need much better costing information and the semblance of a financial model.
March to May 2020
July to September 2020
Vital Energi provide more granular costings and we utilise the financial modelling function of the Comsof Heat software.
In the interim we have also made contact with two other projects that relate to heat networks within Glasgow city centre: (Y)Our City Centre Project and Carbon Neutral Glasgow City Innovation District. In conversation with the former, we realise that there is an opprtunity to model the same district as they are looking at, in terms of regenerating the Avenues. We are then selected to provide modelling for the Glasgow City Innovation District, which is also an area within our mapped model. We begin to glimpse the potential to join forces, collaborate and help add credibility and detail to our vision.
But we identify further challenges: what are the future heat loads? ; what is in the ground? ; can we access cheap, local and sustainable electricity?; can we cooperate and collaborate?
September 8th, 2020
23 November 2020
In our third webinar from Heat Vision 2030 we asked a panel of experts from the heat network sector to reflect on how we move low carbon heat network deployment forward in 2021. What can we do? What can't we do? Who needs to do it?
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