So, farewell then, national heat map ...

But we’re still working in the heat map sector

27 April 2018

The National Heat Map has this month (April 2018) been de-commissioned by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Created by CSE in 2010 on behalf of BEIS' predecessor, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the National Heat Map was devised to support the planning and deployment of local low-carbon energy projects in England by providing publicly accessible high-resolution web-based maps of heat demand by area.

In its day it was extremely innovative. Its uniqueness lay in its detailed address-level modelling of demand data and the range of user-friendly visualisation and reporting tools that it provided for analysing this.

CSE's Joshua Thumim managed the development of the National Heat Map. "We're obviously sad to see it go, but proud to have been involved in such a pioneering enterprise whose value was well recognised. But the methodology and expertise we developed remains relevant and valuable, and we continue to work in this sector today.

"In particular we're involved in building a new heat map for London (as it happens, replacing the one we built for the GLA back in 2009) that will have some new, advanced functionality to support the development of new heat networks in the capital. We're looking at a  launch towards the end of this year."

CSE is also leading THERMOS, a multi-partner €3m EC Horizon 2020-funded research and development project. THERMOS aims to produce and share tools and data to help local authorities across Europe realise the benefits of district heating (and cooling) systems.

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