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UK project seeks to reduce district heating infrastructure costs

By Tildy Bayar
Contibuting Editor

Novel ways to reduce the capital costs of district heating infrastructure are being sought by the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

In a request for proposals announced this week, the ETI said it is seeking innovative solutions to decrease the capital and total lifetime costs of heat network pipes, and to reduce any disruption caused during their installation.

Proposals for this project may include advanced installation approaches; tunnelling, drilling and excavation techniques; alternative pipework and insulation materials; jointing techniques; pipe routing and novel system designs; planning; sub-surface detection technologies and other areas to be proposed, the ETI said.

Nick Eraut, ETI’s project manager for its Energy, Storage and Distribution Programme, commented, ‘Heat accounts for more than 40% of the UK’s total energy demand and heating the UK’s buildings contributes roughly 20% of overall UK CO2à‚ emissions. This project will be focused on identifying solutions to help reduce the costs of delivering low carbon heat to meet the UK’s demand in the coming decades.’

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