A project combining solar and heat pump technology in Exeter and a scheme trialling super-insulated pipes in West Cumbria are just two of the 17 winning ideas that will share a £7m fund designed to help encourage innovation in heat network technologi

A project combining solar and heat pump technology in Exeter and a scheme trialling super-insulated pipes in West Cumbria are just two of the 17 winning ideas that will share a £7m fund designed to help encourage innovation in heat network technologies.

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey announced the winning entries at the Association for Decentralised Energy’s parliamentary reception on 20 January, where he helped celebrate the launch of the association’s new name (it was previously known as the Combined Heat and Power Association).

The government-run competition received a total of 57 applications from 39 organisations. The successful projects will share a prize pool of £1m to carry out feasibility studies, before up to ten of the best projects bid for a share of £6m to fully implement their plans.

Successful bidders included:

  • London Borough of Islington;
  • Greenfield Energy Ltd;
  • Guru Systems Ltd;
  • Sustain Ltd;
  • PassivSystems Ltd;
  • Zero Carbon Future;
  • Clean Energy Prospector Ltd;
  • Barden Energy;
  • BRE;
  • Geothermal Engineering Ltd;
  • University of Warwick;
  • Cofely Energy Services;
  • Sycous Ltd;
  • Cambridge Heat Transfer Company;
  • C-Tech Innovation Ltd;
  • Eon Energy Solutions Ltd.

Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) director Tim Rotheray said: “This funding is exactly the kind of thing that we need, supporting investments in innovation and efficiency to better control and use our energy. By building a more local and efficient energy system we can deliver real benefits to energy consumers.

Davey added: “This competition is all about supporting innovation and progress in the heat industry so we can heat more homes across the UK for less, while at the same time improve energy efficiency and cut the UK’s carbon emissions.

“More support for local heating projects will also give jobs in the sector a huge boost, with the value of the district and heat network market expected to rise to around £530m this year.”

The ADE reception also saw the launch of the association's latest report - Invisible Energy: Hidden Benefits of the Demand Side.

Image credit: SK Solar Solutions Ltd.