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Heat accounts for over 50% of global energy consumption

Heat is a form of energy that determines the temperature, volume, and state (gas, liquid or solid) of a material. It can be transferred from one object to another, to raise or lower temperatures, and is most commonly transferred from warmer to cooler matter. It can be produced by converting other forms of energy such as fuel or electricity, in boilers, furnaces, pumps or electric heaters. Heat energy allows us to warm and cool our buildings, provides us with hot water and the ability to cook our food. Heat is also required for industrial production of steel, chemicals, food and drink. Heat accounts for a large proportion of global energy consumption as well as greenhouse gas emissions; the decarbonisation of heat is thus vital to reach emission reduction targets and is a driver of change in this sector.

Join the debate on how to speed up progress to low carbon heat at our annual Heat and Decentralised Energy Conference.
Find out energy professionals’ expectations for the future sources of heat in the UK.  
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Smart hybrid technology for heat decarbonisation

There are many routes to decarbonisation of heating, but the use of heat pumps – alongside gas boilers and controls designed to minimise costs and emissions – could be influential. PassivSystems’ Colin Calder writes.

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New heat storage technology on the way

What is said to be the world’s first grid-scale pumped heat energy storage (PHES) system has been commissioned by the technical team at the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research at Newcastle University. Based in Fareham, Hampshire, the facility includes grid-coupled PHES technology rated a...

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Integrating energy flows and loads: heat networks

Where one company’s waste heat stream is a neighbour’s heat source, we have the beginnings of an integrated energy system. They often involve heat networks. Here, David Appleyard looks at two innovative schemes involving smart heat and power distribution to multiple users. 

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‘We have to get regulation back into the political debate’, Ed Davey MP tells Heat 2018

Former UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP advocated ‘strong, tough and increasing regulations’ which are ‘on the side of innovation’, in his keynote address to Heat and Decentralised Energy 2018, hosted jointly by the EI and the Association for Decentralis...

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Putting industrial waste heat to use

Organic Rankine Cycle turbines can be used to increase the energy efficiency of various industrial operations by turning waste heat into useful energy. Sabrina Santarossa explains.

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Events and training

Zero Carbon in the Antarctic

The Challenges on Energy in the Antarctic are manifold but the Princess Elisabeth Research Station is attempting to do that with zero environmental impact.

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Energy Efficiency 2019

Discover the latest technologies and innovations around saving energy, reducing carbon emissions, lowering operational costs and complying with legislation.

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Retail energy market – making it work for consumers

Discuss the latest issues facing the retail energy market, including the controversial price cap, energy equity, and recent supplier failures.

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L3: Advanced Energy Manager

This 9-day course is an advanced qualification aiming to support experienced energy managers to further advance their careers by gaining the skills and knowledge required to function successfully at a senior level and be able to manage energy across a wide range of business areas, activities and par...

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Technical guidance publications

Guidance on conceptual design, selection and life cycle assurance of products intended to improve integrity of bases of above-ground storage tanks holding petroleum, petroleum products or other fuels

This publication is intended primarily for use by process safety specialists, designers, inspectors, regulators and operators and owners of facilities holding bulk stores of petroleum, petroleum products or other fuels in above-ground storage tanks (ASTs).The information provided in this public...

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Design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations (known as the Blue Book)

The fourth edition of Design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of filling stations (also known as the Blue Book) is essential reading for all those involved in the design, construction, modification, maintenance and decommissioning of facilities for the storage and dispens...

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Fuels for gas turbine engines

Published by Landfall Press; Author: Eric Goodger. Please note that an erratum was issued in December 2018 for this publication, it is available for download and present in the full PDF. This change has been incorporated into the full PDF.Since its emergence during WW2 as a viable alternative t...

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Assessing and managing the risk of arc flash

The objective of this publication is to provide a practical approach to the management of arc flash risk within electrical installations. It provides general guidance on the causes of arc flash events and the dangers to personnel, along with a risk assessment process and hierarchy of control measure...

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Guidelines for the avoidance of vibration-induced fatigue failure in subsea systems

This guidance document provides an understanding of, and various methodologies for, minimising the risks from internal flow-induced vibration excitation of subsea pipework systems. Existing guidance on vibration in piping systems Guidelines for the avoidance of vibration-induced fatigue in process p...

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