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HyPSTER project prepares the construction phase with the support of Element Energy Hydrogen and Project Management teams

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After a year of engineering studies, the HyPSTER project is entering its second phase: the construction phase which includes the surface hydrogen production platform and the conversion of the salt cavern into hydrogen storage in Etrez, a French city located between Geneva and Lyon.

Element Energy’s role in this project is to validate the techno-economic approach of the demonstrator and assess the potential for replicability to other sites/countries, alongside supporting the coordinator (Storengy) in a Project Management Office (PMO) role.

A first report was prepared by Element Energy and is available here. It provides an overview of different hydrogen production and consumption scenarios that can be used to test the cyclical operation of the salt cavern.

Supported by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership – the successor of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) – this €13 million project aims to better identify the position of storage in the hydrogen value chain, and in the long term, to support the development of the hydrogen sector in Europe.

The contracting of the equipment required for the surface (including an electrolyser, a compressor, a wellhead, a completion and a tubular) and underground works has been signed with the different partners, both French and international companies.

For more information about HyPSTER’s project, visit our website:
https://hypster-project.eu/

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under Grant agreement No 101006751. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.

Find the full press release here.

Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management

Hydrogen production and consumption profiles in salt caverns, the example of the Etrez (France) salt cavern

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HYPSTER is an FCH 2 JU funded project that aims to use salt cavern storage to connect hydrogen production by electrolysis to industrial and mobility uses.

This project is taking place at a Storengy underground gas storage site at Étrez, eastern France. It uses a salt cavern with a potential storage capacity of 44 tonnes of hydrogen. Onsite production of the green hydrogen will be carried out by a 1 MW electrolyser, using the territory’s renewable electricity sources. Currently in the study and design phase, the HYPSTER project will unfold in two phases:

  • A first experimentation and demonstration phase between 2021 and 2023, with a parallel commercial development of hydrogen customer supply in 2023;
  • A second phase for the commercialization of hydrogen storage services from 2024 onwards.

In partnership with ESK GMBH, ARMINES, INERIS, AXELERA, Element Energy, and INOVYN, this project is part of a dynamic region with increasing numbers of green hydrogen uses.

A first report was prepared by Element Energy and is available here. It provides an overview of different hydrogen production and consumption scenarios that can be used to test the cyclical operation of the salt cavern.

For more information about HyPSTER’s project, visit our website:
https://hypster-project.eu/

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under Grant agreement No 101006751. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe research.

Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management

Element Energy close the H2Nodes project with an international Final Event

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Successful closure of H2Nodes, supported by Element Energy in a Project Management Office (PMO) role, with an international Final Event presenting the achievements and findings of the project

Element Energy recently organised the H2Nodes Final Event Webinar which covered presentations of technical solutions and pilot deployment, strategic recommendations and lessons learnt for future H2 Mobility projects along the North Sea-Baltic Corridor and held an insightful Questions and Answers session with participants from around 14 countries.

Throughout the project lifetime, the H2Nodes consortium was supported by external subcontractors with dedicated expertise including the team from Element Energy who supported the overall delivery of the project in a PMO role. Element Energy supported the project coordinator, Rigas Satiksme, and wider consortium for the reporting activities to CINEA, project’s governance and delivery and liaising with European Institutions.

H2Nodes Final Event webinar welcome addresses and technical presentations

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (CEO of Hydrogen Europe), Andris Lubans (Board Member of Rigas Satiksme), and Richard Ferrer (Head of Innovation & Alternative Fuel Sector at CINEA) gave individual welcome addresses to commence the event.

These were followed by presentations of technical solutions and pilot deployment of hydrogen mobility technology delivered by H2Nodes. Rigas Satiksme explained how they aim to use their Riga HRS at full capacity by procuring 10 hydrogen buses or trolley busses to join their existing fleet of 10 Solaris Trollino 18.75H hydrogen trolleybuses. These are already operating in Riga and were deployed through the H2Nodes project. TotalEnergies highlighted how important it is to keep in contact with station users, as they are pioneers in hydrogen mobility and can provide invaluable feedback to consider in future actions. Parox Energy gave a brief overview of demand aggregation activities that took place in Parnu.

To watch H2Nodes HRS video introductions, go to the H2Nodes website: Presentation of H2Nodes Hydrogen Refuelling Stations in Riga and Arnhem (videos) – H2Nodes

Strategic recommendations and lessons learnt for future H2 Mobility projects

Trezors presented country reports on findings of the project, specifically focussing on Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Findings from the Western part of the corridor were presented by the Netherlands Ministry for Infrastructure and Water Management, where an overview of hydrogen mobility developments across the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany was covered.

Finally, Element Energy Consultant, Simon King covered Milestone report 21 ‘Analysis of cost-effective routes for cities moving towards sustainable transport’, which will be available on the H2Nodes website soon. This insightful presentation covered vehicle fault data, total cost of ownership (TCO) data and other granular datasets which will need to be considered by cities planning to shift to sustainable transport options.

For additional information on the H2Nodes project and the final event, go to the H2Nodes website.

The recording of the final event is available here: H2Nodes Final Event summary and recording   – H2Nodes

Posted in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, Project Management

Report outlines CCUS potential to support decarbonisation goals and drive Scotland’s economy

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A report published yesterday (Tuesday 7 December) sets out the potential economic benefits of adopting Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) in Scotland and highlights how the technology, infrastructure, and skills available could make a significant contribution to the Scottish economy.

Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government commissioned Element Energy to lead the ‘CCUS economics impacts study – delivering a roadmap for growth and emissions reductions for Scotland’ considering infrastructure, skills and technology to inform future investment and policy decisions.

The study explores four potential scenarios (core, soft start, ambition, and carbon management) and various factors such as the industrial uptake of CCUS, the use of hydrogen within key sectors, as well as the potential for a carbon management economy and export opportunities.

Key findings include:

  • CCUS could make a significant contribution to Scottish GDP through a mix of lowering costs towards net zero and CO2 emissions as well as skills retention, increased economic output and jobs through deployment of CCUS projects
  • 10 to 22 million tonnes of CO2 could be stored annually in Scotland by 2045
  • CCUS can play an important role towards Scottish Net Zero 2045 targets providing a carbon management economy, where CCUS is used not only to abate Scottish emissions, but also help other regions meet their decarbonisation goals
  • Scotland can benefit from a wealth of legacy oil and gas infrastructure to kickstart Scottish CCUS value chains reusing otherwise obsolete assets
  • St Fergus brings opportunities for CCS deployment though the development of Peterhead CCGT power station and Acorn Hydrogen
  • The growth of a CCUS supply chain would support a just transition for Scotland
  • Scotland already has the vital skills, expertise, and capability to build a CCUS supply chain

All scenarios envisage CCUS to grow in Scotland ahead of the 75% GHG emissions reductions interim target set by Scottish Government for 2030.

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The UK Government’s Cluster Sequencing process awarded reserve status to the Scottish Cluster in October, however, the study took place prior to this decision and the cluster project is currently awaiting feedback on the ‘reserve’ status it received in order to access future funding.

The study benefited from engagement with Scottish stakeholders and input from decarbonisation projects in Scotland such as the Acorn project, the Scottish Cluster, and NECCUS — a partnership of industry, academia, and government.

Scottish Enterprise will utilise the findings of the study alongside additional work as part of its national programme activity on the hydrogen economy.

The economic development agency published a recent report on clean hydrogen that outlined Scotland’s strengths as a world-leading producer and exporter of clean hydrogen in the next decade.

A report from the Scottish Cluster in July outlined that by deploying CCS, hydrogen and Direct Air Capture (“DAC”) technologies in Scotland an average of 15,100 jobs could be supported between 2022-2050.

Head of Low Carbon Transition at Scottish Enterprise, Andy McDonald said: “The findings of this economic impact study show the potential for an economy that manages carbon, decarbonises energy intensive industries whilst also providing export opportunities. Not only that but the report highlights the resultant benefits for businesses in Scotland and global emissions worldwide.

It is important that we consider all scenarios carefully and creatively to ensure a just transition from the infrastructure and skills in oil and gas that will in turn fuel future Scottish CCUS projects.

As the report outlines, with projects across Scotland, there are opportunities to create jobs, lower the cost of reaching net zero and boost economic activity. This study will complement activities Scottish Enterprise is taking forward with partners in Scottish Government and the Scottish Cluster to look at the opportunities around the hydrogen and carbon management economy.”

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The UK Committee on Climate Change has highlighted that rapid action in Scotland will be required to meet the 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target and CCUS is a key technology enabler in helping major Scottish emitters to decarbonise.

The Scottish Government recently set out its draft hydrogen action plan to support the development of a hydrogen economy and with its Net Zero 2045 and interim targets of 75% by 2030 as well as the Update to the Climate Change Plan there is ambition to reduce emissions across the economy.

The Just Transition Commission is also engaging with Scottish stakeholders to advise Scottish Government on how to maximise the economic and social opportunities of the transition to Net Zero.

Net Zero and Energy Secretary Michael Matheson said: “This study demonstrates not only the important role for CCUS in achieving Scotland’s world-leading emissions reduction targets, but the substantial economic benefits for the Scottish economy that this can deliver as part of a just transition for our energy sector.

The study also highlights how critical it is that new CCS projects are delivered as soon as possible in order to achieve the technology’s maximum potential. This will require urgent, collaborative action, and underlines how important it is that the UK Government provides clarity to the Scottish Cluster, by removing it from reserved status and awarding it clear and definitive Track-1 status in order to support a just transition to net zero in Scotland.”

Head of the Industrial Decarbonisation and CCUS team at Element Energy Silvian Baltac said: “Scotland has a great infrastructure and skills heritage for developing CCUS. Our analysis highlighted that there is a wide range of scenarios in which CCUS could be deployed in Scotland and how by reusing current assets, Scotland could achieve lower costs of CO2 storage.

In addition, Scotland could become a key player in the CO2 shipping space, importing CO2 from other regions and allowing national and European decarbonisation. However, support will be required to develop the sector, achieve economies of scale, as well as provide opportunities for industrial decarbonisation and blue hydrogen production. Not only that but CCUS could bring a generation of negative emissions and unlock significant economic and employment benefits.”

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The report is available here. For more information, please contact Silvian Baltac.

Notes to editors:

The ‘CCUS economics impacts study delivering a roadmap for growth and emissions reductions for Scotland’ was led by Element Energy (an ERM company). Vivid Economics conducted the economic analysis of the study.

About Scottish Enterprise

Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s national economic development agency. We’re committed to growing the Scottish economy for the benefit of all, helping create more quality jobs and a brighter future for every region. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scotent and https://twitter.com/ScotEntNews Follow us on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/scottish-enterprise/.

About Element Energy / Vivid Economics:

Element Energy, an ERM Group Company, is a strategic energy consultancy, specialising in the intelligent analysis of low carbon energy. The team of over 80 specialists provides consultancy services across a wide range of sectors, including the built environment, carbon capture and storage, industrial decarbonisation, smart electricity and gas networks, energy storage, renewable energy systems and low carbon transport. Element Energy provides insights on both technical and strategic issues, believing that the technical and engineering understanding of the real-world challenges support the strategic work.

Vivid Economics is a leading strategic economics consultancy with global reach. We strive to create lasting value for our clients, both in government and the private sector, and for society at large. We are a premier consultant in the policy-commerce interface and resource- and environment-intensive sectors, where we advise on the most critical and complex policy and commercial questions facing clients around the world.

Posted in CCUS & Industrial Decarbonisation, Policy and strategy

Element Energy supports Hager Environmental & Atmospheric Technologies (HEAT) in deploying remote sensing technology across Scotland’s major cities to tackle road pollution

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Element Energy and their partners HEAT and The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) have been awarded a three year contract by Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland. HEAT, with expertise from Element Energy, will utilise Emissions Detection and Reporting (EDAR) technology to monitor vehicles in Scotland’s Low Emission Zones. A large dataset will be accumulated over the three years, providing in-depth analysis to assist enforcement and policy making regarding vehicle emissions.

Celine Cluzel, Director at Element Energy said “Remote sensing technology is an effective tool to map and understand pollution in our cities, this study will provide useful data and test a technical solution for policy makers to develop strategies to tackle road pollution”. Additionally, the remote sensing system will be the first to be installed in Scotland, helping Scotland to achieve its road pollution and emissions targets in the future.

Emission Detection and Reporting (EDAR) system will be installed and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week capturing data on levels of pollutants such as carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides for a short period of time. Remote sensing is a great option for monitoring fleet emissions due to its ability to identify individual high- or low-emitting vehicles and to screen for groups of high-emitting vehicles for market surveillance.

One key example of the previous successes of EDAR deployment was an Anti-Tampering campaign in the Flanders region of Belgium in 2019. Through HEAT’s remote sensing system, over 210,000 valid measurements were recorded accurately, including vehicles travelling up to 170kmh on a motorway. The Flemish government successfully identified and pulled over 86% of tampered vehicles, compared to 9% before the campaign.

The full Press Release can be found here: https://pressat.co.uk/releases/hager-environmental-and-atmospheric-technologies-heat-awarded-multi-year-emission-testing-contract-in-scotland-f8e05c94abe6c3035b2795c1eddd3354/

Read more at: https://www.heatremotesensing.com/

Posted in Project Management, Transport

EU OYSTER Consortium chooses Grimsby for its future innovative “marinised” electrolyser

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The OYSTER Consortium choose Grimsby, in the Humber region, as the location for the production and trial’s tests of its innovative ‘marinised” electrolyser.

The OYSTER project funded by the Fuel Cells 2 and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), aims to investigates the achievability and potential of integrating an electrolyser system into an offshore wind turbine. To this end, the project will develop a compact electrolysis system that can withstand harsh offshore environments, have minimal maintenance requirements and still meet cost and performance targets enabling production of low-cost hydrogen. This technology could unlock mass markets for renewable hydrogen and assist the transition to a clean renewable system overall.

Element Energy is supporting the OYSTER project consortium as overall coordinator of the project, working alongside ITM Power, Ørsted and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. Element Energy is also in charge of communication activities and techno-economic analysis report for the project.

Michael Dolman, Partner at Element Energy, said: “Since supporting the formation of the OYSTER project, we’ve seen a growing number of projects planning offshore hydrogen production and increasing interest in this area from a wide range of stakeholders. With the selection of a location for the demonstrator, OYSTER is progressing well and will play a valuable role in advancing electrolysis technology for offshore applications.”

Link to the Full Press Release

Posted in Project Management

Zemo publishes Element Energy Low Carbon Hydrogen Well-To-Tank Emissions Study

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Element Energy is excited to have worked with the Zemo Partnership to produce a comprehensive study of the well-to-tank emissions for emerging low carbon hydrogen supply chains. Hydrogen is likely to play an important role in transport decarbonisation, particularly heavy duty, long-haul applications. However, it is critical that the lowest-emission supply chain options are supported in the path to net zero.

This study is very timely in the context of the recent Transport Decarbonisation Plan and shows that there are many clean hydrogen pathways. Policy makers must now put in place the frameworks to make sure the cleanest pathways are delivered, to support the UK transition to a net zero economy.

Many production options are available, all of which bring important benefits for scaling up hydrogen production. Our work forms an important part of the evidence base in assessing the complementary roles that should be played by these technologies.

 

Link to full report

 

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ERM acquires Element Energy to strengthen leadership in low-carbon tech advisory

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13 July 2021: The world’s largest pure-play sustainability advisory firm, ERM, has acquired Element Energy, a specialist energy consultancy that works with organizations to implement integrated low-carbon technology solutions that help solve their net zero and decarbonization challenges.

The acquisition brings deep expertise to ERM in the development, commercialization and implementation of emerging low-carbon technologies, such as hydrogen and fuel cells, electrification, energy storage and carbon capture use and storage (CCUS).

With extensive experience across the built environment, transport and mobility, energy and wider industrial sectors, the company adds approximately 90 employees, based in the UK, France and Australia, to ERM’s +5,500-strong firm.

The deal follows recent acquisitions of renewable energy consulting firm RCG, and energy and sustainability strategy consultancy E4tech. Overall, ERM has announced seven acquisitions so far in 2021.

Keryn James, CEO, ERM said: “As companies look to deliver on their net zero commitments, low-carbon technologies will play a critical role in accelerating the clean energy transformation. With this latest acquisition, we are further strengthening our leadership in this rapidly expanding sector.

This puts us in a unique position to help our clients unlock the huge potential of current and disruptive low-carbon technologies, and to support them at all phases of their decarbonization journeys. We are thrilled to welcome Element Energy to the ERM Group.”

Ben Madden, Director, Element Energy: “We are delighted to be joining ERM. We are very much looking forward to deepening our relationship with the ERM Group over the coming months, following numerous successful collaborations pre-acquisition. We are confident that the alignment in values between our organizations means that we will have a successful future serving the needs of our clients and bringing about the change required to achieve the global energy transition.”

About Element Energy

Element Energy, founded in 2003, provides integrated solutions to help clients deploy low-carbon technologies and supporting systems on a large scale. The company drives the development, commercialization and deployment of emerging low-carbon technologies, often for the first time, through its work with organizations, and its leadership role in international research and development consortia.

About ERM

Founded 50 years ago, ERM is the largest global pure-play sustainability consultancy. The firm employs more than 5,500 consultants across 160 offices in over 40 countries. It reported gross revenues of over $1 billion in the 2020 financial year (ending March 2020).

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Electric cars already the cheapest option today for many European consumers, Element Energy reveal in BEUC consumer presentation

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On 29th April, BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation lead a wide-ranging online debate on the topic of Electric car ownership: an affordable option for all consumers. This launch event presented research from an extensive Element Energy report Electric Cars: Calculating the Total Cost of Ownership for Consumers, which analysed the Total Cost of Ownership⁽¹⁾ of car powertrains bought new between 2020-30 at an EU-level and in 9 European focus markets⁽²⁾.

Low Carbon Transport Team director, Celine Cluzel, revealed the 5 key messages of the Element Energy study:

  1. Affordable Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) are just around the corner – BEVs are already the cheapest powertrain for medium sized cars on a lifetime basis today in Europe
  2. BEVs bring most benefits to less affluent second and third owners – a BEV bought in 2020 will save ca. €8,400 for its combined used owners over an equivalent Petrol ICE
  3. There are opportunities to maximise the benefits of BEVs by educating high mileage users and providing consumers with a range of different battery sizes
  4. Policymakers must mitigate risks to consumers, and ensure that EU and national-level investment, critical for improving charging infrastructure for consumers, is not diverted away into E-fuels and by subsidising the uptake of hybrid vehicles
  5. Tightening European manufacturer CO2 targets is essential to achieve Europe’s decarbonisation ambitions

Launch event slides presented by Transport Team director Celine Cluzel

Wide-ranging implications for EU policy:

Pascal Canfin, Member of European Parliament (MEP) from Renew Europe Group, described how over 50 transport and energy European Directives and regulations will need to be revised and tightened to deliver the European Commission’s Green Deal, which was first announced in December 2019. According to Canfin, “We are at the beginning of a radical transformation of our mobility. Electrification is accelerating and that is why I advocate setting a deadline to phase out combustion vehicles by 2035.”

Monique Goyens, BEUC Director General, drew attention to the importance for consumers of strengthening manufacture emission targets and accelerating the roll-out of charging infrastructure:

“The EU’s CO2 emission thresholds for cars are clearly hitting the target. What was more or less sci-fi five years ago, is rapidly becoming a realistic opportunity for the consumers across Europe. Tightening car CO2 targets is therefore a no-brainer and a win for the environment, public health, people’s wallets and social inclusiveness as we fight the climate crisis.

“At the same time, consumer groups do not intend to gloss over the issues people face in the move to electric driving. For those that depend on a car, charging an electric vehicle must become as easy as fuelling a petrol one. That is why we advise the EU to push for more and better charging infrastructure, with easy payment methods and where the prices should also be easily comparable per kilowatt hour.”

 

A full list of debate speakers included:

Pascal Canfin, European Parliament

Celine Cluzel, Element Energy

Mélissa Chevillard, UFC-Que Choisir (French consumer organisation)

Daniel Mes, European Commission

Julia Poliscanova, Transport & Environment

Monique Goyens, BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation

Petr Dolejsi, European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association – ACEA

 

(1) The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) compares vehicles beyond their purchase price to estimate the real cost for consumers throughout the ownerships of a vehicle. This includes: 1) vehicle pricing and components costs; 2) efficiency measures required by EU regulation; 3) market depreciation; 4) fuel/electricity costs and consumption; 5) taxes (VAT, registration tax, annual tax) and subsidies; 6) insurance and maintenance costs.

(2) European Focus market considered in the Element Energy TCO study are: Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal

Acronyms: BEV – Battery Electric Vehicles; ICE – Internal Combustion Engine

About BEUC – The European Consumer Organisation: a umbrella group for 45 independent consumer organisations from 32 countries. BEUC’s main role is to represent its members to the EU institutions and defend the interests of European consumers. This covers a range of topics including competition, consumer rights, digital rights, energy, redress and enforcement, financial services, food, health, safety, sustainability and trade policy.

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Element Energy supports UK Power Networks’ planning for local heat decarbonisation through the “Heat Street” project

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Element Energy recently authored the Heat Street report for UK Power Networks, the electricity distribution network operator for London, the South East and the East of England. The work took a data-driven look at future pathways to decarbonise heat, and aims to help local authorities, community energy groups, and network operators plan for the deployment of energy efficiency and low carbon heating solutions.

Element Energy modelled the uptake of low carbon heating and energy efficiency across a large range of home and non-domestic building types and at a detailed spatial resolution (Lower Layer Super Output Area [LSOA] level). This allowed us to explore heat scenarios with outcomes ranging from close to 100% electric heating to a scenario with widespread use of hydrogen for heat.

One key finding of the work is that we project a widespread uptake of heat pumps across all scenarios, as these are found to be the most cost effective low carbon heating solution for many buildings. Even in a hydrogen-led heating scenario, over 700,000 heat pumps are deployed in the UK Power Networks license areas by 2030, representing 10% of the domestic building stock in the region.

An infographic produced by UK Power networks summarising the outputs of the project can be seen here: https://innovation.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/infographic-the-electric-heat-revolution/

High resolution project output data giving can be downloaded here: https://innovation.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/projects/heat-street-local-system-planning/

For more details on the work please contact Sam Foster.

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