Comprehensive Study of District Heating (DH) grid in the UK: techno-economic aspects, policy support and trends in the UK

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Abstract

Like many of its European Union counterparts, the UK has envisioned a sustainable energy system for the future, with District Heating (DH) being an integral part of it. This study investigates the current status of DH in the UK along with the techno-economic aspects. In order to reflect on the current status, an analysis on the regulations and policies is carried out. However, despite the determination within the UK, for several decades, DH systems have not evolved as planned. A critical analysis of the deficiencies of the DH legislation, with a UK perspective is analysed. Financial considerations are also considered to establish an overall picture. The research is extended, to include several promising simulators and software’s used for the planning and design of future DH grids within the UK. It has been found that compared to other European states, DH is almost non-existent in the UK, with only a mere 2% of the population, being connected to it. Despite government initiatives, including implementation of policies/regulations and facilitation from the private sector, the core issues of the relatively higher development costs, competition from natural gas reserves and some ambiguities in the political setup, are causing DH development to struggle, in the UK.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Energy Sources-Sustainability Issues and Climate Change: Public Perception, Engagement and Impact
PublisherCRC publisher
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    Liu, S. (2019). Comprehensive Study of District Heating (DH) grid in the UK: techno-economic aspects, policy support and trends in the UK. In Renewable Energy Sources-Sustainability Issues and Climate Change: Public Perception, Engagement and Impact CRC publisher.