Roadblocks to low temperature district heating

Millar, Michael-Allan and Elrick, Bruce and Jones, Greg and Yu, Zhibin and Burnside, Neil M. (2020) Roadblocks to low temperature district heating. Energies, 13 (22). 5893. ISSN 1996-1073

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    Energy usage in buildings is coming increasingly under the spotlight as carbon policy focus shifts towards the utilization of thermal energy. In the UK, heating and hot water accounts for around 40% of energy consumption and 20% of greenhouse gas emissions. Heating is typically produced onsite, making widescale carbon or energetic improvements challenging. District Heating Networks (DHNs) can offer significant carbon reduction for many users but can only be implemented if the end user buildings have good thermal energy efficiency. This greatly limits the ability to implement advancing 4th and 5 15 th generation DHNs, which are the most advanced systems available.

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