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HubNet Colloquium on District Heating Networks -current practices and innovation gaps

Cardiff University

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 from 09:30 to 16:15 (GMT)

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Heat is required to keep buildings warm, produce hot water, and to supply energy for industrial processes. In total, heating and cooling account for half of the EU’s annual overall energy consumption and 68% of all its gas imports, and heating currently accounts for almost 50% of the UK’s energy consumption and associated carbon dioxide emissions.

 

A district heating (DH) scheme comprises a network of insulated pipes used to deliver heat, in the form of hot water or steam, from the point of generation to end users and provide a means to transport heat efficiently. Networks vary in size and length, carrying heat just a few hundred metres, between homes and flats, to many kilometres supplying entire communities and industrial areas. 

 

A district heating network enables valuable energy, which is often wasted in power generation or industrial processes, to be captured and supplied to householders and businesses. This removes the need for additional energy to be generated. It also allows for economies of scale, as the generation of heat in one large plant can often be more efficient than production in multiple smaller ones. District heating plants can provide higher efficiencies and better pollution control than localised boilers. District heating and cooling networks can also use and store electricity powered by renewables and then distribute it to buildings and industrial sites, boosting the level of renewable heating and cooling.

 

In 2016, the European Commission published its first-ever plan to tackle the massive amount of energy used to heat and cool Europe’s buildings, including households, offices, hospitals, schools, industry and food refrigeration throughout the supply chain. One of the strategies is to better integrate the electricity system with district heating and cooling systems. In the UK, after the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive and other national and local government incentives, the popularity of district heating is beginning to grow rapidly. In the 2015 Spending Review, the UK Government announced a £300m fund to support up to 200 heat networks, providing a starting block for district heating opportunities across the UK.

 

However, there is a significant lack of design experience and skills in this area in the UK, a lack of replicable models, shortage of finance available at low cost and lack of awareness from customers. With an excellent line-up of invited speakers, this one-day colloquium is aimed at sharing current practices in the district heating sector and discuss how to address the barriers and identify the innovation gaps.


 

The colloquium is being jointly organised by Cardiff University and the HubNet consortium with support from the FLEXIS consortium.



Agenda

 

09:30 – 10:00

Registration and refreshments


10:00 – 10:10 

Welcome 

Prof. Nick Jenkins, Cardiff University and Prof. Tim Green, PI of HubNet, Imperial College


10:10 – 10:50 

On the frontier of low-tech: Lessons from the multi energy system in Stockholm 

(Dr Fabian Levihn, Fortum, Sweden) 


10:50 – 11:15 

King’s Cross regeneration project

(Aravin Vythilingam, BUUK Infrastructure)


11:15 – 11:40

Campus district heating system in Warwick (Build an efficient heat network...what next?

(Joel Cardinal, Head of Energy and Sustainability, University of Warwick and Dr. Muditha Abeysekera, Cardiff University)


11:40 – 12:10 

Panel discussion

(Chaired by Prof. Jianzhong Wu)

How were these district heating schemes “successful”?
What are the key barriers to DH development?
What DH technologies should be promoted

 

12:10 – 13:00 

Lunch and networking


13:00 – 13:25 

District heating network in Bridgend

(Steve Harding, Wales and West Utilities)


13:25 – 13:50 

The Groundwater Heat project

(Gareth Harcombe, Cardiff City Council, and British Geological Survey)


13:50 – 14:10

  Panel discussion

(Chaired by Meysam Qadrdan) 

Challenges for progress in DH in the UK, especially South Wales
Role of local authorities
Role of incentives and funding support


14:10 – 14:30  Coffee break

 

14:30 – 14:55 

Heat from Abandoned Coal Mines

(Prof. Hywel Thomas, Cardiff University

 

14:55 – 15:20 

District heating in the FLEXIS demonstration area

(Dr Chris Williams from Tata and Chris Jones from Neath Port Talbot District Council)

 

15:20 – 15:45 

Public and stakeholder perceptions

(Prof. Nick Pidgeon, Cardiff University)

 

15:45 – 16:05 

Discussion (Chaired by Prof. Nick Jenkins

 Innovation gaps
Customer perspectives 

 

16:05 - 16:15

Summary and closing remarks

(Prof. Jianzhong Wu)

Challenges for progress in DH in the UK, especially South Wales
Role of local authorities
Role of incentives and funding support

 


 

Travel Information

 

Cardiff School of Engineering
Cardiff University
Queen's Buildings
The Parade
CARDIFF CF24 3AA
Wales, UK.

By Road

Postcode for your satnav is: CF24 3AA

By Rail   

Cardiff Queen Street Station, 10 minutes’ walk

After arriving at Cardiff Central Railway Station, please go to Platform 6 and take a train to Cardiff Queen Street Station (you can use your ticket directly and don't need to buy a new one). It takes about 10 minutes by walk from Cardiff Queen Street to the Venue.

By Air

Cardiff Airport, 25.30km/15.75mi; Bristol Airport 75.30km/46.79mi.

Do you have questions about HubNet Colloquium on District Heating Networks -current practices and innovation gaps? Contact Cardiff University

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Cardiff University School of Engineering
Rooms WX 3.07 and 3.14
Queen’s Building
CF24 3AA The Parade
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 1 March 2017 from 09:30 to 16:15 (GMT)


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Cardiff University

The colloquium is being jointly organised by Cardiff University and the HubNet consortium with support from the FLEXIS consortium http://flexis.wales/

Questions?

Email Ms Karolina Rucinska at rucinskaka@cardiff.ac.uk 

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