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Global Hydrogen Trainer & Advisor, Charley Rattan Associates

Charley Rattan, Training, advising and informing the global energy transition. Charley heads Charley Rattan Associates, a team of seasoned trainers and advisors driving forwards the energy...

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Renewable heat


  • Latest round of heat network funding in England will only support low-carbon technologies, such as heat pumps
  • £270 million Green Heat Network Fund will help make towns and cities greener, building on the 480,000 consumers already benefiting from this technology
  • new heat networks will play a key role in cutting carbon emissions from heating buildings, which accounts for 21% of UK total


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Nathan Wilson on Sep 9, 2021

Forward movement on new heat networks is always good news for clean energy, including this UK announcement.

Broader adoption of carbon-free energy carriers (i.e. electricity, hydrogen/ammonia, and especially hot water) is very important for decarbonizing our energy systems, and hot-water based heat networks can allow homes and businesses to harness the cheapest source of heat there is: waste heat.

Even when heat networks are powered by electric heat pumps, the heat networks can deliver cleaner energy than home heat pumps, because network-scale hot water storage (for energy storage) is so much cheaper than residential-scale water tanks.  The storage allows the pumps to run when there is available clean energy, rather than contributing to peak demand that comes from fossil-fuel-fired backup power plants.

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Matt Chester on Sep 9, 2021

It's great to see places like UK where those district heat infrastructure systems are in place then find how they can decarbonize the energy being sent through them-- it seems like a straightforward win. Do you think it's enticing enough of a solution that areas that don't currently use too much district heating (like the United States) should explore building out the infrastructure to do so and lean into those carbon-free energy carriers? 

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