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New online platform Wiki-Cleantech to facilitate renewables technical knowledge exchange

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Wiki-Cleantech is a free and collaborative knowledge online platform designed to gather all renewable energy scientific and technology information in one easily searchable place. It includes technical papers and presentations on wind, solar, biomass and other clean energy technologies, contributed by the industry and research communities.

Wiki-Cleantech was created to give the opportunity to clean energy industry engineers to make easier knowledge contributions. It offers to clean energy researchers an additional free mean to communicate their research with their industry peers. Obviously, it will also make it easier for all students around the world to access pre-existing research literature, thereby fostering clean energy research as a whole.

“Wiki-Cleantech was founded with the realisation that a large part of the technical knowledge produced by renewable energy engineers and researchers was almost exclusively presented and shared at conferences, and were usually trapped in pdfs or sold on by the scientific journals. We believe that this information should be free and easy to share. “, commented Wiki-Cleantech founder Jonathan Collings.

For more information please visit http://wiki-cleantech.com/

New street lighting toolkit gives Scotland’s councils power to save millions

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Councils using toolkit and investing in LED lighting will pay less for electricity in 25 years’ time than they do now.

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As the cost of electricity is set to double over the next ten years, an easy-to-use toolkit has today (16 February 2015) been launched to give Scotland’s local authorities real-time information on how many millions they would save by phasing in energy efficient LED street lights.

Across Scotland, there are nearly 900,000 street lights costing local authorities £41 million in annual electricity charges. The street lights also impact on the environment by releasing 199,091 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere each year.

Developed by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) and supported by the Scottish Government through its Resource Efficient Scotland (RES) programme, the toolkit allows councils to input their current street lighting data which in turn calculates what the reduced electricity usage would be if they changed to new, energy-efficient LED lighting. The toolkit also calculates what level of investment is required by the council to replace its old lights with new LED fittings, and the payback period of the loan.

With councils under constant pressure to make the best use of limited budgets, SFT is encouraging them to use the toolkit which has demonstrated in trials that the average council can save between 60-70% of their present electricity costs, whilst also benefitting the environment.

SFT chairman, Sir Angus Grossart stated: “Potential savings of 60% to 70% in the electricity usage of street lights can be achieved. I am sure that this will attract strong support from Scottish local authorities, who share SFT’s anthropological sense of thrift, and seek efficiency.”

Lindsay McGregor, associate director at SFT and who leads the street lighting programme, explained: “The latest electricity cost predictions from the Department of Energy and Climate Change indicates that prices are set to more than double over the next ten years. Investing in this new technology now will protect councils from year-on-year electricity rises and the unenviable decision of having to cut back local services to fund increasing electricity costs.

“Once the energy efficiency measures have been implemented, councils can take comfort from the fact that in 25 years’ time they will still be paying less for electricity than what they currently pay. Plus the many millions they save over the next 25 years could be used to support and maintain vital local services.

“Whilst many councils are already investing in LED street lighting, we are working with RES to encourage more local authorities to take swift action and install the new technology allowing them to maximise savings.”

Councillor Lesley Hinds, Transport Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “We are currently working on a business case to determine the whole life cost benefits of investing over £16m in new LED street lights for Edinburgh over the next few years.

“SFT’s toolkit provides us with the technical information that allows us to develop a robust business case that will ensure we make the right level of investment in new LED technology to secure millions in future savings.”

For further information, please contact Jonathan Murray, communications manager at SFT on 07590 230645.

Launch of Report into Boiler Procurement Review in Social Housing identifies key changes needed to save potentially billions of pounds of public money

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Improved streamlining of the procurement processes, wider benchmarking & standardisation, lifecycle costings rather than cheapest wins, increased tenant engagement, industry collaboration and review of legislation.

A Report has been launched today at EMEX which summaries the key findings of a comprehensive Review that has been carried out with key stakeholders into the Procurement of boilers and their installation, service and maintenance in Social Housing.

The Review was organised by the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) with a meeting held in July 2014 at the House of Lords under the Chairmanship of Lord Redesdale, CEO of the Energy Managers Association. Stakeholders who attended the Review included Housing Organisations (primarily gas and asset managers and directors) Procurement Frameworks, Boiler Manufacturers, Contractors, Merchants, Members of the AGSM and CORGI Technical Services.

Each year, many thousands of organisations in Social Housing across the UK spend millions of pounds going through the Procurement process for the installation, service and maintenance of boilers. Most have fairly standard requirements to supply heat in the most efficient, cost effective, sustainable manner.

But the Review found that many of the current processes are:-

– bureaucratic (largely due to current EU Regulations), expensive, a waste of public money, no longer fit for purpose, unsustainable, lacking in innovation and collaboration leading to fragmented economies. They are leading to an increase in the supply chain costs and are showing a lack of industry knowledge and Gas Manager input.

The key recommendations for Stage II of the Review concluded that there need to be:

  1. Benchmarking and standardisation need to more widely used and brought up to date
  2. Streamlined procurement processes – it is time to cut the red tape and think out of the box!
  3. Review of legislation to enable the sector to cut waste and drive long term efficiencies
  4. Changes to current legislation for Landlords to carry out annual gas safety checks
  5. Tenant engagement and accountability in line with the Right to Manage philosophy
  6. Lifecycle costings initiatives for boilers moving from the race to-the-bottom on price, to addressing the lifetime costs and value for money
  7. Built in energy efficiency providing affordable warmth as a standard requirement
  8. Industry collaboration with an integrated approach at all levels and stages of the supply chain including contractor training accreditation
  9. Greater reliability of modern boilers and a review of parts and labour warranties

Claire Heyes, CEO of the AGSM said: “The Report being published today highlights that there are some serious issues in the way boiler procurement is currently being carried out. All stakeholders in the supply chain have highlighted issues and the public money being wasted on the processes is shocking. Money is being wasted by housing organisations and suppliers spending thousands of man hours in the development, submission and assessment of lengthy pre-qualification questionnaires and invitations to tender.  Procurement Frameworks don’t always encourage the best value for money over the lifetime of a boiler. None of this benefits the tenant at a time of welfare reforms and rising fuel prices.”

“With millions of tenants living in fuel poverty, energy efficiency and sustainability need to become a standard requirement. There is a need for a wide level of industry collaboration.”

“We have identified the issues and can see some paths forward in the process to make changes. But it’s clear that this is a very complex issue involving many stakeholders. The launch of the Report into the Boiler Procurement Review is the first stage in the process of change. We have the engagement and support of all areas of the sector and will welcome input from all interested parties as we move into the second stage of the process.”

Lord Redesdale, CEO of the Energy Managers Association, chaired the July meeting of stakeholders at the House of Lords. He commented: “The first stage of the Review into the Procurement process shows that there could potentially be billions of pounds of public money being wasted. The launch of today’s Report is a key step in drawing attention to the issues, the bureaucracy and the waste of public money. We would welcome the participation of all stakeholders in the discussions about how we can implement the recommendations in the Report.”

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UK’s first commercial scale green hydrogen refuelling facility opens in Swindon

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A consortium of leading businesses including BOC and Honda joined the Swindon, Mayor, Cllr Teresa Page, and other dignitaries at a ceremony to mark the official launch of the UK’s first commercial scale solar-powered hydrogen production and refuelling facility and saw a demonstration of ‘green’ hydrogen production and low carbon hydrogen transport in action. Designed and commissioned by the consortium, the new state-of-the-art facility is located at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing site on the outskirts of Swindon.

The event was a celebration of several significant ‘firsts’: In a UK first, this enhanced facility will produce commercial volumes of truly ‘green’ hydrogen produced from solar power, by electrolysis, at the point of use. In addition, the station will employ BOC’s filling technology to serve a range of uses including the world’s first hybrid vans running on sustainable biodiesel and hydrogen, the UK’s first hydrogen powered fork-lift trucks – and even a hydrogen-powered Education Centre on the site.

The new facility has been integrated into the existing hydrogen refuelling station, which opened in September 2011. It is hoped that this facility will be a benchmark for other refuelling stations to follow as well as reinforce the UK’s attractiveness as a location for major car manufacturers to roll out fuel cell vehicles and encourage the growth of a national refuelling infrastructure.

The Consortium, which comprises BOC, Honda, Commercial Group, Swindon Borough Council, Fuel Cell Systems, Briggs Equipment and Revolve, worked together to secure funding from the Technology Strategy Board (now the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK) and to design and commission the facility, highlighting the UK’s leadership in environmental technologies using hydrogen, a low carbon energy source that offers energy security, employment opportunities and economic growth. 

Jason Smith, Director at Honda of the UK Manufacturing, said: “This project is absolutely aligned with Honda Motor’s Environmental Vision: Striving to realise the joy of freedom of mobility and a sustainable society where people can enjoy life. Through this project we, as a consortium, have made great advances in proving the commercial viability of truly ‘green’ hydrogen for a wide range of applications. We at Honda here in Swindon feel extremely privileged to be a part of this consortium and to host the facility on our site.”

Nathan Palmer, BOC Director of Bulk and Packaged Gases, commented: “This investment is proof of BOC’s long-term strategy, as a Member of the Linde Group, to deliver economically viable and sustainable technology solutions for our customers and society. We are extremely proud to be part of this ground-breaking programme and I would like to thank our partners in the consortium and the Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK) for their assistance in making this happen.”

Nick Rolf, BOC’s Innovation Manager – Hydrogen systems, commented:

This enhancement to our refuelling station clearly positions this facility as the best in class in the UK. No other facility in the UK has the capacity to refuel vehicles with ‘green‘ high purity hydrogen on a commercial scale and this now cements Swindon’s position as the key location for fuel cell vehicle introduction.

Karen Sperrey, Operations Director at Fuel Cell Systems said “Using a PEM Fuel Cell to provide both power and heat to a building is a notable first in this power range. The project benefitted from our previous experiences of using hydrogen produced on site for infrastructure power”.

Simon Graham, Environmental Strategist at Commercial Group, said: “For the UK to meet our air quality and carbon targets, it is essential that we find new ways to deliver the goods and services that the economy depends on.  Using hydrogen produced from sunlight to power vehicles has the potential to help solve both environmental challenges.  Commercial is proud to be part of this consortium that is demonstrating that this solution is no dream but a reality”

Honda and BOC are both members of the HyFive project which aims to create clusters of refuelling station networks in three parts of Europe. The BOC facility is Swindon is an inclusive part of this network.

Energys encourages academies to take up the energy efficiency challenge with new Salix funding pot

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The new round of interest-free Salix loans for academies and sixth form colleges represents an important opportunity to cut carbon and unlock energy savings – but only if quick action is taken.

Applications close on 19 December 2014, which means that academies and sixth form colleges have a limited time to tap into a new round of government-backed loans for energy-saving upgrades.

New pot of money available
 

Salix Finance provides interest-free loans to the public sector for the installation of measures to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. This new pot of money from Salix is part of the Condition Improvement Fund, and it is aimed exclusively at sixth form colleges, academies, and schools with academy orders signed on or before 1 November 2014.
 

Projects eligible for Salix financing include lighting upgrades, boiler and heating systems replacements, and renewal of roofs, windows, cladding and curtain walling. However, any planned project needs to meet strict Salix criteria for payback and carbon-saving. In this round of funding, the target payback period should be 4-8 years, although viable projects with longer payback periods may be part-loan/part-grant funded.
 

Time for quick action
 

Kevin Cox, Managing Director of Energys Group, comments: “Salix has already funded 12,080 projects across the public sector, resulting in financial savings of more than £1,100million and saving 6,224,242 tonnes of CO2. Thanks to this new pot of money, academies and sixth form colleges now have the chance to unlock their potential for energy saving and carbon reduction – without the usual financial risk.”
 

He adds: “However, you’ll need to act quickly – Salix advises funding applications should be made by 11 December, with the pot closing for submissions on 19 December. With tight deadlines and long forms involved in Salix applications, it may be prudent to consider using an experienced partner to take the hassle out of the process.”
 

Other funding routes
 

The Condition Improvement Fund is aimed exclusively at academies and sixth form colleges, but there are other pots of Salix funding also available for local authorities, maintained schools, further education colleges and other types of public sector organisations.
 

For those struggling to meet the Salix criteria, there are alternative funding routes available, too. The rapid payback periods represented by energy-saving technologies mean that lease arrangements make it possible for an installation to be carried out at no capital expenditure, with monthly payments that are lower than the resulting savings on energy bills.
 

Kevin Cox advises: “Academies, schools and other public sector organisations are losing money on inflated energy bills for every day they leave in place old-style, inefficient lighting and unregulated boilers. Taking advantage of funding pots like Salix makes financial sense, and projects to improve energy efficiency can have a real impact on reducing the public sector’s carbon footprint, too.”

energy-saving programme in peterborough receives association for public service excellence award

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“Best Renewable Energy &Energy Efficiency Initiative” Recognition For Peterborough City Council Highlights Proven Method for Reducing Energy Costs and Improving Facilities

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Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its collaboration with Peterborough City Council to create a framework for cutting energy use while updating municipal facilities has won the 2014 award for Best Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Initiative from the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

The Council’s energy efficiency framework, part of the “Blue Sky Peterborough” programme, allows public authorities, social landlords and educational establishments to take advantage of energy performance contracts (EnPCs) — a fast and cost-effective procurement route for projects that help cut utility consumption and costs.

 “We have successfully set up a fully functioning, simple to use, EU-compliant framework where, from inception, works can be on site and completed within a six-month period,” says John Harrison, executive director of resources at Peterborough City Council.

 “This recognition from our peers reinforces our own belief that we have developed a workable, proven and successful method of reducing costs whilst enhancing the effectiveness of our property portfolio, thereby helping to protect our frontline services. Importantly, this facility is also available to other public sector organisations across the country, all of whom face similar challenges.”

Honeywell was appointed the framework delivery partner in June 2013 and, following the award of the first EnPC in early 2014 to retrofit eight properties, has already helped the Council to deliver over £1.1million in savings. These are being primarily achieved through an array of measures – including upgrades to or replacement of building control systems, an air handling unit, lighting systems and pool filtration systems – that trim energy use or reduce maintenance expenses.

We’re delighted that Peterborough City Council’s vision in creating this framework has secured this award from APSE,” said James Napier, general manager – energy for Honeywell. “With more contract awards anticipated in the future, this framework will help the Council to further cut its energy bill and to reduce its carbon tax.”

With several new phases of work currently being finalised, the Council believes the framework will be a major contributor to its medium-term financial strategy and is targeting over £5 million of related savings for the financial year ending March 2019.

National Energy Foundation launches ‘Working together towards an energy-literate UK’ programme

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The National Energy Foundation launches a programme of 10 ‘Big Ideas’ – projects to help improve the nation’s energy literacy. The launch follows a nationally representative survey which throws light on how much the British public really knows about energy.

As part of the National Energy Foundation’s 25-year anniversary activities, the Working together towards an energy-literate UK programme of 10 ‘Big Ideas’ was launched in a presentation by the Foundation’s Chief Executive, Dr Kerry Mashford, to an invited audience at a reception hosted by Dame Mary Archer at her London penthouse.

The reception was an opportunity to share ideas and showcase a series of ‘Big Ideas’ projects (costed at around £1.3 million) which contribute to addressing the issues revealed in the survey, in partnership with other organisations and funders.

Guests at the reception were invited to participate in NEF’s project ideas and work together towards an energy literate UK. They were asked to give a steer to the Foundation’s future charitable work by choosing the most impactful projects to take forward first; and the Foundation now looks forward to working with partners to bring to fruition as many of these exciting projects as possible:

Road-Test Your Home: As cars are road-tested by journalists, 25 householders will be invited to offer their homes for ‘testing’ to establish how well they perform in providing energy efficient, comfortable, healthy homes. The results will be published as a regular feature in a magazine or weekend newspaper.

Mystery Energy Shopper: Where do homeowners seek advice on energy efficient home improvements? And what’s the quality of that advice when they get it? Merchants, builders, developers and tradespeople will be mystery shopped to establish how effective they are at helping their customers, and the results will be published.

NEF Home Movie Channel: 25 short films will provide the ‘what, why and how-to’ on a range of topics from insulating your floor to understanding controls, ventilation and appliance use – and will bust some common myths with fun and humour ….

Aspiring SuperHomers: Building on the success of the existing 183 SuperHomes , 25 householders who aspire to living in low-energy, low-carbon homes will be helped to achieve their goal; they will learn from existing SuperHomers about what to do and how to do it; and the Foundation will learn about them. This will bring NEF closer to its goal of having a SuperHome in every community.

Green Stripes: An opportunity to invest in the training and certification scheme that will answer the needs of building owners, developers, contractors, occupants and operators, ensuring staff – and those in the supply chain – understand what makes a building ‘low-energy’ and how their actions contribute.

Powering Down the Third Sector: 25 one-day courses for school governors, community building managers and charities, looking to reduce their energy bills and improve building performance for their users.

Building Performance Exchange: Interviews of 25 individuals and companies in the buildings supply chain who’ve learned crucial lessons about specifying, designing, delivering and operating buildings to achieve high levels of energy efficiency, enabling these lessons to be shared with others.

Improving Charity Buildings: The aim is to deliver substantial improvements in the energy performance of 25 charity buildings, thereby saving the charities money on their energy bills that they can devote to their core charitable purpose – sharing their stories to inform and inspire others.

Energy HotHouse: Big energy challenge projects will be identified each year, bringing together talented interns over 6-8 weeks each summer to work together under professional guidance to solve problems and deliver tools, solutions and knowledge.

Duke of Edinburgh Energy Envoys: Harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of young people in the volunteering element of their Bronze, Silver and Gold DofE Awards; helping them to become more energy-literate themselves and to work with their schools and communities to spread the message and save energy.

Kerry Mashford, Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, commented:
“Improving the use of energy in buildings is the National Energy Foundation’s overarching objective. Over the past few months, we’ve been giving some serious thought to the big energy issues facing the UK, with a view to achieving significant impact in terms of reducing energy consumption, improving energy security and reducing fuel poverty.

“We’re looking for support and feedback from potential partners to take forward a number of high-impact projects to improve the energy performance of new and existing buildings, and inspire others to do the same.”

npower survey: British businesses say economic case for Government energy policy has not been made

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  •  59% of British businesses are not confident that current Government energy policies reflect their needs
  • 73% of respondents think their business would be concerned about possible cost implications of Contracts for Difference, which could see bills increase by 10% by 2020,with over a quarter saying their business would be unwilling for their energy bills to increase in order to help fund Government low carbon energy schemes
  • This comes as British businesses ranked energy affordability as a key issue
  •  npower has launched The Twenty Per Cent Imperative report to help businesses achieve annual savings of £4bn on their energy bills over the next 10 years

 With Party Conference season underway, new research from npower shows that business leaders are still unconvinced by the economic case for Government energy policy. The data reveals that 59% of businesses surveyed were ‘not very confident’ or ‘not at all confident’ that current energy policies reflect the needs of business in Britain, while 62% expressed a similar lack of confidence in planned energy policies. Included amongst the planned policies is the Government’s flagship Electricity Market Reform (EMR), which is designed to help the UK transition to a low-carbon economy.

The findings demonstrate that businesses aren’t willing for their energy bills to increase in order to financially support low carbon energy schemes, such as those proposed through the EMR. 81% of the 600 senior decision makers surveyed by npower ranked affordability as an important energy related issue for their businesses, ahead of security of supply (77%) and the move to a low carbon economy (41%).

Over a quarter (28%) of respondents said their business would not be willing for energy bills to increase at all to help fund low carbon energy schemes. A further 30% said it was ‘unlikely’ that their business would be willing to see their bills increase to help fund these schemes.

The Contracts for Difference (CfD) initiative, for example, guarantees companies with the ability to produce electricity a fixed price for using low carbon technologies. The difference between the wholesale market price and the guaranteed fixed price is paid to those producing the electricity by the Government-owned Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC).This comes as a cost to energy suppliers, who must then pass this additional cost on to customers in their energy bills directly impacting the latter’s bottom line. Not surprisingly, when told that Government estimates that CfDs will increase energy bills by 10% by 2020, 73% expressed concern about this.

Wayne Mitchell, head of industrial and commercial at npower, commented: “This survey has revealed just how sceptical businesses are by the effectiveness and impact of energy policies – the very policies that are going to have far-reaching and long-term impacts on their businesses. As political parties consider their energy manifestos, there is a clear case here for Government and the wider energy industry to work together to better educate businesses about the importance of these policy initiatives in securing the UK’s energy future and the competitiveness of UK plc.

“The cost of energy bills remains the key issue for business leaders. That’s why we are committed to working with businesses across a wide range of sectors to help make their energy budgets as affordable as possible. What we focus on is the long term; we work with our customers to drive down consumption by increasing knowledge of the changing policy landscape and implementing energy solutions.”

With energy prices expected to continue increasing over the long term under EMR policy, improved efficiency and demand side management become especially critical. The survey findings come as npower launches The Twenty Per Cent Imperative, which includes guidelines for how UK businesses can cut energy costs. The paper calculates that if the UK’s large businesses put energy reduction initiatives in place now, they could collectively realise annual savings in excess of £4 billion over the next 10 years if energy inflation continues on its current trajectory.

“The reality is that bills are increasing and the onus is on energy suppliers and businesses to limit the impact of this. The Twenty Per Cent Imperative report, for example, shows the tangible benefit to a business’ bottom line from making small changes to the way they use energy,” said Mitchell.

Cash injection for Heat Network

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14 Attached Message PartEnfield Council has received £183,000 from the government to help drive forward the development of an innovative project to provide low carbon heating to homes across the Lee Valley.

The Lee Valley Heat Network, which was launched in July, aims to create an energy solution for the area through a system of pipes that moves heat in the form of hot water from where it is created, to where it is needed, in a similar way to an electricity network.

The money will be spent over the next year, as part of the final stage development costs. The Lee Valley Heat Network is due to supply its first heat to new homes at Ladderswood in autumn 2015, at Alma Road in autumn 2016 and the first stage of Meridian Water by autumn 2017.

Cllr Alan Sitkin, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said “This money is going to give this hugely ambitious scheme a big boost. We want to provide heating to thousands of homes and businesses across the Lee Valley in the first phase of this project.

“For the first time, we will be supplying our communities with low carbon energy from local heat sources, while creating hundreds of jobs in the process, this will revolutionise the way we heat our homes and provide energy to business.

“We are also setting ourselves up as an ‘ethical operator’ in what is currently an unregulated heat market, helping protect local consumers by ensuring a fair price for their heat. We look forward to working with other authorities to roll out this exciting model across the capital in years to come.”

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “Recovering wasted heat from industrial plants or landfill sites means we can heat our homes and businesses more efficiently, as well as helping to drive down energy bills.

“Improving the way we heat our buildings and helping local authorities fund innovative and more efficient ways of supplying lower carbon heat will also reduce our dependency on costly, imported gas.”

The first phase of the Lee Valley Heat Network – a city-scale scheme – will focus on Enfield Council’s flagship £1.5 billion Meridian Water development. North London Waste Authority’s Energy-from-Waste facility at the nearby Edmonton EcoPark has the capacity to supply low carbon heat to 5,000 new homes at Meridian Water and businesses in the Lee Valley. A further 1,800 homes on the Ladderswood, Alma and New Avenue estates could also benefit.

The Lee Valley Heat Network will reduce the carbon footprint of homes heated by the network by an estimated 50 per cent compared with conventional fuels.

The heat network complements Enfield Council’s work to bring enhanced transport infrastructure to the area too, with improved rail and cycling facilities in the borough.

Network Rail and The Greater London Authority have identified £80 million to deliver three-tracking of the railway which runs throughout the Lee Valley, which will enable a four trains per hour train service at Angel Road Station (soon to be renamed Meridian Water Station) from 2017, along with improvements to the station itself.

Enfield Council has also successfully bid for £30 million of funding from the Mayor of London Office to significantly improve cycling facilities in the borough.

Hamworthy condensing boilers and water heaters take pride of place at Hopewood Park hospital

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25  Hopewood-Park-Dorchester-water-heater-fleet-boiler_cropped25  Hopewood-Park-Dorchester-water-heaters_001_croppedThe ‘Pride Project’ for NHS Northumberland Tyne and Wear was set up to improve mental health and dementia care inpatient facilities for people living in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

The £60 million capital project consisted of a new 122 bed hospital on the former Ryhope hospital site and a new 24-bed dementia care unit on the Monkwearmouth Hospital site in Sunderland.

The new facilities needed an efficient and reliable heating and hot water system that would meet the strict energy standards required for new buildings and supply heating and hot water for the patients 24/7.

With energy efficiency being a key driver to product selection the Project Manager at Crown House Technologies, chose to specify Hamworthy Heating’s condensing water heater, the Dorchester DR-FC Evo, and Fleet condensing wall hung boilers. The products offer gross seasonal efficiencies up to 98% and 97% respectively.

The Project Manager commented, “I selected Hamworthy’s condensing water heater for this project as it has exceptional efficiencies and comprehensive controls that enhance the energy saving condensing performance. From past experience I know it is a product I can really depend on. This coupled with the wall hung condensing boiler all sourced from one supplier helps to simplify the solution, particularly as the mechanical and electrical equipment is just one part of a much larger project.”

The new hospital, named Hopewood Park, comprises six, 18-bed, wards and a 14-bed psychiatric intensive care unit, plus offices, a café, treatment suites and a faith centre. With the hospital split into wards each has their own dedicated plant room with the same equipment and layout. A Fleet wall hung boiler and two Dorchester DR-FC Evo water heaters, with varying outputs depending on the heat demand and hot water usage, are installed in each plant room. Altogether six boilers and twelve water heaters are installed at Hopewood Park and one boiler with two water heaters installed at Monkwearmouth Hospital.

The Project Manager concluded, “All deadlines were met on the project. The hospital has been up and running for six months and we are all pleased with the outcome of the project.”

Both products exceed the minimum efficiency required for new buildings outlined in the Building Regulations Part L 2013 and the Energy Related Products directive which will take effect from September next year.

For advice on making the right choice for your heating and hot water systems, talk to Hamworthy; telephone 0845 450 2865, email sales@hamworthy-heating.com, or visit www.hamworthy-heating.com.