District Heating Networks
What are District Heat Networks?
Quite simply, a district heat network can be described as being "a network of pre-insulated pipes which supply hot water from an energy centre to an end users home, commercial property or any other multiple residency dwellings". The energy sources can vary, but they tend to be either a power station, biomass/biogas fueled boilers or a heat pump.
A larger district heat network can supply hot water to a whole community in an energy efficient way. For example, heat is not wasted along the network as supply can be directed towards an area in high demand. An overall network can be increased where necessary by adding more heat sources.
According to the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE), there are over 17,000 heat networks in the UK and this figure is set to rise with the government committing over £320 million of funding in the next few years to grow heat networks.
Energy Plan provide a guide on how District Heating Schemes work
What are the benefits of District Heating Networks?
There are multiple benefits of District Heating Networks. Some of the key advantages are summarised below:
Useful resources about District Heating Systems
ADE infographic on heat networks
Understand the heat network market and potential benefits
ADE Market Report 2018
The ADE provide a report into heat networks within the UK
Did you know Uponor UK supply Pre-insulated pipes for District Heat Networks?
Ecoflex is our range of pre-insulated pipes, which provide a flexible method for supplying hot water within a district heating network. What's more, they offer up to a 40 % improvement in heat losses in comparison to alternatives.