7 April 2010 – UK energy and climate change consultancy AEA has developed a revised UK industrial heat map for the UK government. The initiative is part of the government’s strategy is to help promote decentralized energy for both new and existing buildings.
The map has been developed as a successor to the original tool aimed at assisting power station developers when considering the opportunities for combined heat and power (CHP) as required under planning policy.
However, due to its increased scope, the updated map can now be used by both small and large organizations to help identify the locations where CHP, renewable heat plants and district heating would have the greatest technical and economic potential, and therefore the largest positive environmental impact.
The interactive heat map presents the heat demand within the UK across various sectors. The search and zoom facilities allow users to search using grid references, highlight and isolate the heat use in specific post code districts.
Mahmoud Abu-Ebid, chief consultant at AEA on CHP and heat said: ‘The search facility returns a high level of detail identifying the heat demand within the search area, which can be varied from 1 km2 up to 100 km2. The heat demand can also be separated by sector with large users highlighted on an individual basis.’
AEA is a leading provider of low carbon policy advice, including CHP, to the UK government, and also manages the CHP Quality Assurance Programme (http://chp.decc.gov.uk/heatmap)