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Heat accounts for over 50% of global energy consumption

Heat is a form of energy that determines the temperature, volume, and state (gas, liquid or solid) of a material. It can be transferred from one object to another, to raise or lower temperatures, and is most commonly transferred from warmer to cooler matter. It can be produced by converting other forms of energy such as fuel or electricity, in boilers, furnaces, pumps or electric heaters. Heat energy allows us to warm and cool our buildings, provides us with hot water and the ability to cook our food. Heat is also required for industrial production of steel, chemicals, food and drink. Heat accounts for a large proportion of global energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions; the decarbonisation of heat is thus vital to reach emission reduction targets and is a driver of change in this sector.

Join the debate on how to speed up progress to low carbon heat at our annual Heat and Decentralised Energy Conference.
Find out energy professionals’ expectations for the future sources of heat in the UK.  
Learn more about district heating or combined heat and power by browsing our online knowledge resources.

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Integrating energy flows and loads: heat networks

1-01-2019
Where one company’s waste heat stream is a neighbour’s heat source, we have the beginnings of an integrated energy system. They often involve heat networks. Here, David Appleyard looks at two innovative schemes involving smart heat and power distribution to multiple users. 

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‘We have to get regulation back into the political debate’, Ed Davey MP tells Heat 2018

29-11-2018
Former UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP advocated ‘strong, tough and increasing regulations’ which are ‘on the side of innovation’, in his keynote address to Heat and Decentralised Energy 2018, hosted jointly by the EI and the Association for Decentralis...

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Putting industrial waste heat to use

1-11-2018
Organic Rankine Cycle turbines can be used to increase the energy efficiency of various industrial operations by turning waste heat into useful energy. Sabrina Santarossa explains.

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Making policies for heat transformation

1-11-2018
Policy proposals for the decarbonisation of the UK heat market include those bent on repurposing the existing gas distribution network in some way, and those which rely on new technology solutions. Here, Exeter University’s Bridget Woodman examines the role of the incumbent heating companies.

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How big a role for heat pumps in decarbonising Europe's heat?

31-10-2018
Heat pumps will of course contribute to the decarbonisation of Europe’s heat market – but how major a role might this be? Thomas Nowak of the European Heat Pump Association is understandably bullish about the versatility and efficacy of the technology.

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Events and training

Energy Efficiency 2019

27-03-2019
Discover the latest technologies and innovations around saving energy, reducing carbon emissions, lowering operational costs and complying with legislation.

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Retail energy market – making it work for consumers

30-04-2019
Discuss the latest issues facing the retail energy market, including the controversial price cap, energy equity, and recent supplier failures.

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L3: Advanced Energy Manager - October 2019

30-09-2019
This 9-day course is an advanced qualification aiming to support experienced energy managers to further advance their careers by gaining the skills and knowledge required to function successfully at a senior level and be able to manage energy across a wide range of business areas, activities and par...

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Technical guidance publications

Guidance on conceptual design, selection and life cycle assurance of products intended to improve integrity of bases of above-ground storage tanks holding petroleum, petroleum products or other fuels

2018
This publication is intended primarily for use by process safety specialists, designers, inspectors, regulators and operators and owners of facilities holding bulk stores of petroleum, petroleum products or other fuels in above-ground storage tanks (ASTs).The information provided in this public...

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Design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations (known as the Blue Book)

2018
The fourth edition of Design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations (also known as the Blue Book) is essential reading for all those involved in the design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of facilities for the storage and dispens...

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Fuels for gas turbine engines

2018
Published by Landfall Press; Author: Eric Goodger. Since its emergence during WW2 as a viable alternative to the piston engine,the gas turbine engine has enjoyed a period of rapid development, becoming ubiquitous in the fields of both propulsive thrust and power generation. The related fuels ha...

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Assessing and managing the risk of arc flash

2018
The objective of this publication is to provide a practical approach to the management of arc flash risk within electrical installations. It provides general guidance on the causes of arc flash events and the dangers to personnel, along with a risk assessment process and hierarchy of control measure...

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Guidelines for the avoidance of vibration-induced fatigue failure in subsea systems

2018
This guidance document provides an understanding of, and various methodologies for, minimising the risks from internal flow-induced vibration excitation of subsea pipework systems. Existing guidance on vibration in piping systems Guidelines for the avoidance of vibration-induced fatigue in process p...

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