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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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Heat networks – to become the heat source of choice?

To realise the decarbonisation benefits offered by heat networks a new regulatory framework is required, as Lily Frencham from the ADE argues.

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Investment support for new heat networks

The government has announced a new scheme for consumers and non-domestic users such as hospitals, schools and council buildings to participate in a district heat networks scheme. Opening this autumn, ...

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New heat network will connect 2,000 homes in Leeds

Leeds City Council, Vital Energi and The Co-Operative Academy have launched one of the UK’s largest new heat networks –  the Leeds PIPES Network – marking a major step toward...

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Scotland’s Energy Strategy extends renewables to heat and transport

The government of Scotland has launched the country’s first Energy Strategy which, it says, will include a £20mn Energy Investment Fund that will build on the Renewable Energy Investment F...

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Wrap then heat – addressing Britain’s leaky homes

Minimising carbon emissions from homes will involve both improving the thermal performance of their fabric and increasing the takeup of low carbon heating syste...

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Technical guidance publications

Fuels for gas turbine engines

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, be...

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

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, c...

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Assessing and managing the risk of arc flash

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...

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EI Research report: Investigation into the possible risks arising from the presence and operation of lithium-ion (rechargeable) button cell energised devices in potentially flammable atmospheres associated with transport fuels

This report was undertaken to assess the possible ignition risks posed by rechargeable lithium-ion button cell energised devices in potentially explosive atmospheres associated with transport fuels.Th...

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Good practice guidance for controlling noise on offshore installations

UK regulations that apply to offshore installations require the control of noise to be managed where it affects the workers at work and rest. They recognise the importance of managing the hazards asso...

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A selection of interactive maps and calculators that let you explore trends across a range of different energy topics, including heat.

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Energy Insight: Integrating power, transport, and heat

This Energy Insight explains how using electricity and hydrogen as energy carriers in heat and transport could bring economic and decarbonisation benefits to the whole energy system.

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