Super insulated pipes, advanced algorithms and heat recovered from industrial waste are among the winning ideas in a £1-million pound UK government-run competition to drive down energy bills and boost low carbon heat supplies in England.
The projects will share a prize pool of £1 million to carry out feasibility studies, before up to 10 of the best projects bid for a share of £6 million to fully implement their plans.
The winners are spread across the country, from a project combining solar and heat pump technology in Exeter, to a scheme trialling super insulated pipes in West Cumbria.
The competition will help to stimulate innovation in heat network technologies and bring the UK a step closer to generating 14% of heat demand through heat networks by 2030, while reducing carbon emissions and cutting bills for consumers. It is also an opportunity to create jobs and growth in the sector, with the industry expected to see up to £800 million worth of new capital investment over the next ten years.
A total of 57 applications were received from 39 organisations and were reviewed by a panel of engineering, and commercial experts with significant experience in heat networks development. Bids were assessed against a range of criteria including technical feasibility, commercial viability, future carbon saving and social benefits.
Successful bidders included Warwick University, E.On Energy – of the Big Six Anglo-Scottish energy companies – the London burgh of Islington, Barden Energy and Geothermal Engineering Ltd.