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District Heating Schemes UK: What Are They?

District heating schemes UK wide are becoming more and more common as councils look to hit carbon emission targets and reduce heat wastage in the modern world.

While the benefits may be clear, what exactly is it that constitutes a district heating scheme?

These are networks that supply dwellings and business properties with heating and hot water. This is done via pipes that take the hot water from a central power plant (essentially, a large boiler) to the properties. Communal heating, on the other hand, is when the heat is supplied to all dwelling in a block of flats or businesses premises from a centralised boiler within the building.

Unlike conventional combi boilers which are often found in properties and utilise gas, district heating doesn't need to be tied to any particular form of fuel. It can include fuels that are low carbon as well as renewables; including combinations of fuels. This can include the likes of biomass, solar, energy generated from waste incineration and also combined heat and power plants (also known as CHP plants).

CHP is an efficient way of using heat that has been generated via these plants but would otherwise be wasted after being unused. Instead, this heat can be used to heat water for homes within the network. The advantage of CHP is that it can, essentially, reduce energy waste which makes it a terrific low carbon option for property developers and housing associations.

With low and zero carbon options, necessary for the future, district heating schemes UK wide are going to increase in popularity. So it's a good idea to get in with this technology early. You needn't do it alone. At Evinox Energy Ltd, we are specialists in offering support for developers and property managers interested in taking up district and communal heat systems. To find out more, please visit or call our team on +44 (0)1372 722277.

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Communal & District Heating

A communal or district heating system supplies heat to a number of dwellings from a common heat source. It may comprise of, for example, a system heating a block of apartments or a larger scale system heating many buildings.

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Metering & Billing

We provide various metering & billing solutions for heat networks. These range from data only, through to a Pre-payment system, or a complete remote billing solution using BUS or Ethernet communication to provide the end user with a fully itemised energy bill.

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Heat Interface Units

Our range of ModuSat® eco-efficient heat interface units (HIU’s) have been designed to provide apartments and communal housing developments with independent fast recovery hot water and high efficiency heating.

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