We are working with appointed consultants to understand the possibility of and develop a District Heat Network (DHN) connection to buildings within the city centre. The DHN will connect to a mix of Local Authority, private sector buildings and homes.
By utilising energy from waste heat, the network will provide resilient low carbon heat.
A district heat network consists of a series of pipes used to transport heated water to buildings connected to the network.
Water within the network is heated by a heat source. Once heated, the water within the pipes will complete a loop of the DHN, heating connected buildings before returning to the heat source.
DHNs are widely adopted across the European continent and there area a series of networks in operation within the UK including -
Key benefits of the district heat network
The project has the potential to deliver a range of benefits including the -
- provision of a sustainable large scale heat source proving an estimated CO2e saving between 98,000 to 126,000 tonnes compared to conventional heat sources and a route to net zero
- opportunity to provide the public and private sector occupiers with a resilient and affordable heat supply for the long term future
- opportunity to reduce the level of maintenance and operation required to individual buildings by having a centralised heat source
- opportunity to further extend the network and add additional heat energy sources over the lifetime of the network
- opportunity for education and the development of local skills
- the potential to provide lower heat costs for businesses and residents (compared with an air source heat pump)
When this will begin
Subject to the necessary required funding and approvals, it is anticipated that the first phase of the project will commence works during 2024 and be operational during 2025.
You can contact us by sending an email to Hull.Energy@hullcc.gov.uk
There is a Hull District Network customer pack available for download