What are the benefits associated with a connection to the District Energy Network?
District Energy offers many other benefits making this an energy source that exceeds the performance of others in a multitude of ways. So what are the benefits associated with a connection to the District Energy Network?
Economy and efficiency
Savings can be made on connection, operation and maintenance costs. Businesses can also avoid the Climate Change Levy.
More useful energy is produced with less fuel input because the heat exchanger equipment is more efficient.
The equipment used to transfer the heat from the network takes up less than one quarter of the space of a conventional boiler plant, allowing valuable space to be put to other uses.
Service and reliability
Skilled engineers monitor the network 24 hours a day. Backup heat supplies can be introduced via hi-tech control systems at a moment’s notice.
Experienced Service Engineers are on call 24 hours a day for assistance.
Safety and control
Harmful emissions are not produced by the heat exchanger so a flue or chimney is not required. The heat exchanger can be linked to a variety of control systems allowing individual management.
Connected buildings contribute an improved local air quality. Heat provided by the District Energy Network saves up to 13,000 tonnes of carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere every year.
When a connection to the District Energy Network is made, a building no longer uses fossil fuel to provide heating so precious resources are being conserved.
Not only are carbon emissions for District Energy in Sheffield lower than traditional fuel sources, it is also at least 20% more efficient, so you use less energy overall. In a nutshell, DE users will only produce 0.12kg of CO2/kWh and they will use less kilowatt hours to keep warm!
Compare that to other traditional fuel sources (assuming 80% boiler efficiency):
Gas = 0.184kg of CO2 /kWh
Oil = 0.268g of CO2 /kWh
Electricity = 0.449kg of CO2 /kWh
This is a fantastic benefit when developers are seeking to satisfy Part L of the Building Regulations and for a BREEAM assessment.