With the UK Government’s push to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the increased activity in the renewable energy sector, entities operating commercial and industrial practices that have a surplus of heat , are becoming ever more cognisant of the environmental, social and economic benefits that can arise from distributing their otherwise ‘wasted’ heat to nearby buildings and developments. Often, these entities would like to export their heat surplus but are not well-versed in the field of heat networks or energy distribution systems.
Ener-Vate can provide in-house heat mapping services to meet the needs of our clients and are tailored specifically to each project.
Typically, a desktop study is performed using Geographic Information System (GIS) software along with BSRIA industry-standard values and techniques to determine the heat load of individual buildings and developments within a specified locale of the heat source. The heat maps are presented that our clients can easily interpret and come complete with Excel, CSV or TXT data files.
Whilst the heat map and associated data may be helpful on their own, we can assess the data using a screening process to create indicative district heat network routes from the heat source to selected heat loads. This process will also consider any physical constraints that may prohibit the implementation of the network and navigate around/through them to provide a realistic route(s) that the network(s) will likely travel.
The indicative network route(s) can be financially appraised using Ener-Vate’s proprietary commercial model. The outputs can be presented to the client in one of many formats, such as a report or presentation in which all data is clearly explained. Our outputs are designed to provide our client with a sound understanding of the heat density within the specified locale and potential solutions to how the heat can be distributed from its source to the final consumer.