Alec Peachy, Gas Power Heat Systems Network
The capital costs of UK heat networks could be reduced by 30-40%, according to a report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
According to the ETI, this could potentially decrease the cost of the UK's low carbon transition by £3bn.
In the new report released today (12 November) which was written by the Energy Systems Catapult for the ETI it has identified eight, cost saving route maps for heat network deployment in the UK which were developed as an outcome of its Heat Infrastructure Development project led by AECOM.
The ‘District Heat Networks in the UK: Potential, Barriers and Opportunities' report identifies three high cost areas that present a barrier to heat network adoption in the UK, including pipework, installation and connection. As capital costs are the main barrier to district heat network deployment, the ETI believes that the ability to reduce these capital costs by utilising the eight route maps identified will increase the attractiveness of heat networks when compared against other forms of low carbon heat provision.