Pioneering heat demand analysis maps the way forward

Government plans unveiled for new National Heat Map

31 March 2010

The Government has drawn inspiration for a key policy announcement in its new household energy management strategy from the London Heat Map recently completed by CSE.

Among a number of recommendations, the new ‘Warm Homes, Greener Homes’ document includes plans to support the development of a “consistent national evidence base through a new National Heat Map”.

The strategy follows the success of the London Heat Map, the pioneering website recently completed by CSE on behalf of the Greater London Authority and London Development Agency. The website offers developers, planners and others with an interest in decentralised energy, the chance to ‘prospect’ for sites in London where community heating systems might be viable. It does so by providing spatial intelligence on factors such as major energy consumers, fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, energy supply plants, heat density and other data.

Joshua Thumim, CSE’s Head of Research who developed the innovative analytical techniques underpinning the project, said: “In today’s search for deep cuts in carbon emissions, community (or ‘district’) heating systems are valuable additions to neighbourhoods. Significant improvements in efficiency can be made, though few examples of community heating systems exist in the UK at present. Accurate heat maps can help single out areas where community approaches to heating are most likely to prove viable.

“We’re very pleased the Government understands the benefits of heat demand mapping and has plans for a new national heat map.”

CSE is currently revising and updating the technique used on the London Heat Map, working in partnership with GIS experts Geofutures to develop a high resolution heat demand map for the South West for the regional sustainable energy agency, Regen SW.

To find out more about the London Heat Map project, click here

* Image courtesy of Vital Energi

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