District heating systems supply heat to domestic and industrial /commercial buildings. A communal boiler or heat source produces the heat for the properties. This type of heating system has a significant role to play in reducing carbon emissions. This method of heating is only viable when there is enough density of heat demand to absorb the cost of the distribution pipework. One example of a place where this could work would be in an area where lots of people live close together. Another example would be where there are several businesses with large premises close together.
The Isle of Wight Council has commissioned a Heat Mapping report. This report identified areas on the Island with greatest heat demand density. it also showed the buildings which currently consume most fuel. The report is being used by the Planning Department. They are using the information to assess areas in which planning policy could need the installation of district heating systems in new developments. In time, these systems could be extended to neighbouring buildings.
Heat Network Studies
Supporting the Council's regeneration programme, the Council commissioned Energy Mapping and Master planning (Heat Network) studies. The sites chosen were Newport Harbour and Ryde Nicholson Road. Greenfield Nordic carried out the studies with funding from the Heat Networks Delivery Unit.