District heating networks deliver heat from single or multiple energy sources to a number of buildings. Heat can come from a wide range of sources, including low carbon sources.  Our fact sheets below describe some of the main sources of low carbon heat.

Fact Sheet – Water Source Heat Pumps

Fact Sheet – Ground Source Heat Pumps

Fact Sheet – Air Source Heat Pump

Fact Sheet Industrial waste heat

Fact Sheet – Hydrogen

Fact Sheet – Combined Heat and Power

Fact Sheet – Solar Storage

Fact Sheet – Energy from Waste

Fact Sheet – Geothermal Energy

Designing a district heating network requires an understanding of the overall heat demand and patterns of use. Integrated heat networks with a mix of domestic, industrial and public sector heat loads can balance heat loads and increase the energy efficiency of the whole system. Understanding the type of heat use is also critical – households may only require low temperature hot water systems while the high temperatures industrial processes may require steam generation. See our fact sheet on district heating for more information.

Fact Sheet – District Heating

In urban areas, long-term strategic planning (Go to Resources-Planning) is critical to allow for continued expansion of the heat network, to avoid individual “island” developments that are unable to connect to the wider network. Depending on the type of technology a range of different support may be available (Go to Resources-Finance).

Please check out these pages for regular updates on issues such as District Heating design guidance and standards guidance. To find out more about the support available for the development of your district heating project and available technologies, please contact us.