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This is number 7 in a series on district heating. Here’s where to find  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Your district heating network might be perfectly designed, but if it’s not installed and commissioned right it is doomed to fail, potentially costing you and your tenants a huge amount of money. In this post, we’ll talk about how to get DH install and commissioning right.

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The Government today announced that an agreement has been reached for construction of new nuclear at Hinckley Point in Somerset.

The big sticking point had been the strike price (guaranteed buy price for generated electricity), which has ended up at whopping 9.2p/kWh, or 8.9p if the developers also build another plant at Sizewell C.

The most telling aspect of the press release is DECC’s reluctance to mention all the investors. They can bring themselves to name EdF, the biggest part of the investor consortium. EdF have such a strong UK brand that we’ve all forgotten they’re French.

But only buried at the bottom of the press release does it mention that a Chinese company is likely to be EdF’s partner on the project.

Instead they insist on referring to the project as “Home Grown Energy.” Which is awesome doublespeak. The plant will be owned by France and China. The fuel (which will be mined, obviously, not grown) will come from Kazakhstan, Australia, Canada or Namibia.

Nothing homegrown about that.

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It’s taken longer than I’d hoped, but here we go:

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Things are picking up in the market. At Fontenergy, we’re run off our feet and will shortly need to expand the team. Right now, I’m looking for a consultant or engineer to work with me on DE and consulting projects.

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links for 2009-09-02

  • Something to think about in the current UK energy debate:

    The CEO of the French state-owned company Aveva said it was impossible to determine the final cost of the Finnish project, raising concerns that there could be more charges to come. The project, originally due to come on line in 2009, is already three years behind schedule.

    But don't worry, it's not all bad news. Apparently despite this dismal performance on the first new Western nuclear plant in decades, Aveva's order backlog is at a record high. Hurray!

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links for 2009-08-07

  • The UKGBC's task group looking at PAYS has published its report (look for the link on the home page). Thankfully, it looks like councils (rather than the Big 6) are the preferred collection mechanism. But the report seems to swing between 1) admitting that significant contribution from govt or end users will be required and 2) claiming that any subsidies will be "modest" and merely an incentive to "encourage uptake". Reading through now with more to follow.
  • Great article from Forum for the Future. "To have an all-electric paradigm shift within the next decade, says Richard Gott, we’ll need some sort of major disruption to petroleum supplies – like a war, or some other huge economic or climatic disaster." How about just peak oil?

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Phew, I can finally stop hitting the refresh button on my browser. The long awaited Renewable Energy Strategy has just been posted on the DECC website.

There goes the afternoon!

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  • Brilliant report. Pöyry finds that, where DHNs can achieve high penetration in built up urban areas, the carbon abatement costs of various district heating options are more cost effective than stand alone renewable technologies.

    But the report indicates that unless there is a shift in the present market or regulatory environment, the take up of DHNs in existing building stock is likely to be limited, particularly in the domestic sector.

  • Dorothy Thompson, chief executive of the Drax group,doubts whether CCS would contribute anything significant to Government targets for reducing carbon emissions by 34% by 2020. Ms Thompson pointed out that, should a modern coal-fired station be fitted with CCS today, it would need to generate 25% more electricity just to power the equipment to remove the increased carbon being emitted. Ms Thompson finished with a warning against planning for the future and neglecting the present.
  • A review of MVHR in use. The BRE’s report said: “There is no market for replacement filters, with several manufacturers reporting no filter sales at all. Even basic maintenance is not undertaken.”

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