Free workshops to focus on heat networks

‘How to get the best out of your heat network’ is the topic of a free half-day workshop roadshow for contractors and social housing providers. Supported by Switch2 Energy, the morning workshops are set to take place in London on 26 February and Birmingham on 19 May, with speakers from Coheat and Aberdeen Heat & Power.  Michael King, co-convenor of District Energy Vanguards Network, will chair the events

“Many housing associations and Local Authorities are trying to get to grips with the complex role of becoming heat network operators. The seminars will show them how to deliver the best customer service from efficient, reliable, financially sound communal heat schemes,” says Ian Allan, Head of Market Strategy for Switch2 Energy, who will present at the events.

The workshops will address topics such as ‘open protocol systems’ and how the industry is responding by providing clients with a choice of metering and billing providers. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of compliant heat metering and billing across both self-managed and S106/ESCo heat schemes. This will include best practice and how to integrate customer responsive services and digital technologies within existing metering strategies. Speakers  will also provide guidance on setting appropriate heat tariffs to deliver an affordable supply to residents, while ensuring that heat networks cover costs and avoid losses.

The final session of the day will look at ways to maximise the cost and carbon saving of existing heat networks. This will explain how heat scheme operators are using digital technologies to improve efficiency by around 35%. By increasing real-time visibility across the entire heat network, optimisation services can inform continuous improvements and maintenance strategies – leading to performance improvements.

Attendees will also learn more about the impact of  5G and the Internet of Things on future 4th and 5th generation heat networks. Social housing professionals and their heat network contractors are invited to the free workshops, which will run from 10am to 1pm, followed by lunch.

To book a free place on either workshop, click on: https://the-closed-protocol-myth.eventbrite.co.uk.

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