District heating challenges for the UK

Michael-Allan Millar, Neil M. Burnside, Zhibin Yu

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District heating uptake has grown with the increasing need for cleaner and more efficient energy supply. This has resulted in a rising number of new developments signing up to a district heating scheme, typically powered by Combined Heat and Power (CHP) boilers or biomass boilers with supplemental electrical or gas grid connections. These schemes have advanced rapidly in recent years, with much of the research focus targeting lower carbon technologies, improved load prediction and peak demand management. We assess the current status of District Heating Networks (DHNs) in the United Kingdom using published case studies and suggest next steps to improvement. Our findings show that the United Kingdom has good potential for uptake of district energy given the current political climate and government incentives, however significant improvements must be made to further penetrate the heating market.
Original languageEnglish
Article number310
Number of pages21
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2019


  • district heating
  • energy
  • low carbon
  • network


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