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Heat networks match-making programme comes to Manchester

A consortium of Danish organisations are set to visit Manchester in November to help extend world-leading best practice from the Danish district heating industry to the North of England.

A consortium of Danish organisations are set to visit Manchester in November to help extend world-leading best practice from the Danish district heating industry to the North of England.

Heat networks are developing rapidly in the UK, with many local authorities – including Manchester City Council – developing plans for district heating schemes in the coming years.

The technology has already been well used in Denmark, with heat networks covering more than 60 per cent of the country’s space and water heating. Over 80 per cent of this heat is being produced by combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

Government figures show that six per cent of UK electricity was generated by CHP in 2014, but it remains an “underexploited” technology, according to Manchester-based specialist, ENER-G.

Best practice

To help extend best practice to the North of England, a consortium of Danish organisations are being hosted by Manchester City Council in November for a series of free seminars and one-to-one meetings to enable networking with researchers and technology providers.

The event will bring together political decision makers from cities across the UK and representatives from existing district heating networks and other businesses in the supply chain.

Agenda 

A number of seminars will be held at Manchester Town Hall on 5 November 2015, including an outline of the project pipeline in Greater Manchester, the history and future of the industry in Denmark and exclusive pre-booked business-to-business meetings with experts.

The Danish embassy will also be hosting evening reception in Manchester on 4 November to outline the implications of UK support for heat networks to the regional economy, based on the experience of similar support in Denmark.

Delegates much register by 29 October 2015 to attend the event. For more information, click here.