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District Heating Networks

Salford City Council (SCC) and Greater Manchester Combined Authorities (GMCA) have been successful in obtaining funding for a study of the potential to develop a heat network in the Charlestown area of Salford as a key opportunity area for district heating.

GMCA and SCC have commissioned the consultants BuroHappold Engineering to investigate this area in more detail to better understand the options for low carbon heat network delivery and to inform decisions on whether to proceed with a full detailed feasibility and procurement exercise.

The study will provide evidence of the benefits for businesses who sign up to join the district heating network.

District heating networks provide the following direct benefits:

  • lowering costs of energy generation and supply
  • increased security of supply compared with individual systems
  • reducing labour and maintenance cost as compared to individual systems
  • improved energy performance of buildings (BREEAM rating)
  • dramatically increasing fuel efficiency through use of heat pumps and other efficient technologies 
  • allowing a broad range of energy generation technologies to work together to meet demand for heat
  • enabling fuel flexibility
  • helping to efficiently manage supply and demand of energy

These in turn deliver a range of beneficial outcomes:

  • provides a means of securing significant reduction in CO2 emissions through the optimisation of heat supply in the UK
  • extending the reach of renewables, by using renewable heat efficiently and providing opportunities for the deployment of renewable technologies that otherwise wouldn't be viable
  • improving security of supply 
  • opportunity for reduced costs and avoided costs (e.g. CRC payments, maintenance, gas inspections, boiler replacement, and spatial savings at individual buildings)

If you would like to help with this study by providing some information on your energy consumption and requirements please complete the questionnaire for existing buildings or questionnaire for proposed new developments and return to Tony Ennis or telephone 0161 686 4715.