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Winners of £7m for heat network innovation announced

Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey MP has announced the winners of a £7m fund to support innovation on heat networks.

He officially unveiled the 17 winning entries at the Association for Decentralised Energy’s parliamentary reception this afternoon (20 January), where he helped celebrate the launch of the Association’s new name. 

Winning projects included one combining solar and heat pump technology in Exeter and a scheme trialling super-insulated pipes in West Cumbria.

Association for Decentralised Energy 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 consumers.
“Today’s event in Parliament was a call to parliamentarians, industry and users to help us make the transition from a centralised system to a decentralised one built around energy users. Funding announcements like these are an important piece of that transition.” 
Mr Davey said: “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 improving energy efficiency and cutting 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.”

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