Low Carbon South West CIC has initiated a Private Public partnership project to develop and fund a commercially viable project to provide a Thermal Energy (TE) Utility network connecting Biomass and Energy from Waste Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects with commercial and industrial TE users in the Avonmouth and Severnside region.
We are currently engaged in a feasibility study. Two key aspects of this are:-
a. The identification of companies that would be interested in a renewable thermal energy supply for heating or cooling purposes.
b. The gathering of real data on actual heat/energy (gas, electric) use for demand capacity planning, pipeline routing etc.
We are looking to speak to companies based in the Avonmouth and Severnside area who could benefit from a connection to the grid.
Below is some information about the project and details of the type of information that we need to collect from stakeholders. Ideally the data gathering will take place during a meeting between each company and the TEG project team, however, if any company would like to get involved simply by submitting the requested data, we would be very happy to hear from them.
The project has also been in the news; click here to read an article about the Thermal Energy Grid on the BBC News website from September 2012.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact
What is a Thermal Energy Grid (TEG)?
A thermal energy grid is another name for a district heating network. The grid infrastructure is a pipeline which distributes heat generated in centralised locations, usually in the form of steam or water, to those locations that require heat.
We are using the term Thermal Energy because the heat (thermal energy) can also be used to run absorption chillers to deliver cooling.
What are the benefits of connecting to a TEG?
This feasibility study could lead to the development of key strategic infrastructure for the UK and one of the largest industrial to industrial heat grids in Europe, providing direct economic and carbon reduction benefit to dozens of local companies.
Aside from being regarded as one of the cheapest method of cutting an operational carbon footprint, the other advantages of thermal energy from a district system will be:-
• The ability to purchase thermal energy cheaper than individual companies can produce on site.
• Access to thermal energy that has a more stable long term price than current gas or electric can offer.
• Continuity of thermal energy supply. The grid, with its multiple heat inputs, will have its own redundancy built in.
• Simplicity - A simple robust heat exchanger system that will perform the work of conventional boilers. Boilers retained on site can provide immediate backup when required.
• Versatility - A system that can be used to deliver space heating, cooling via absorption chillers or process heating via industrial heat pumps.
How to Get Involved
• The information we require is very straight forward and we will visit each company to talk through the data gathering process. An example of the questionaire can be viewed here.
• This information gathering process can be performed under a Non Disclosure Agreement should it be required. Raw information will not be published, but used to construct the TEG business case. We can provide more detailed information about how this data will be used. An example NDA can be viewed here.
• There is no commitment required at this stage and none will by an initial meeting. All companies we speak to will be kept updated of the projects development and how it may be able to assist with their organisations' carbon reduction and cost strategy for the future.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange to meet the team please
We will gladly speak to anyone within an organisation in the first instance. At the point of data gathering, ideally we would like to be in contact with those responsible for Energy management, Facilities management, Sustainability or the energy bills.