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SIRACH network to discuss Smart Energy Networks on July 4

IOR’s network, bringing academics and professionals together, will discuss harnessing of renewable sources for heating and cooling

The SIRACH Network is holding a meeting on Smart Energy Networks of the Future looking at the the contribution of renewable energy sources to heating and cooling.

The group, designed as a networking forum for researchers and those working in the commercial sector, believes the topic is very timely. It says: ”Climate change is a hot topic and many governments now view greenhouse gas emission reduction as a priority. According to the European Commission, 84 per cent of heating and cooling is still generated from fossil fuels, which has prompted many states to set ambitious targets including a significant focus on decarbonising the grid thus increasing the requirement for renewable energy for heating and cooling.

’Smart’ energy networks can deliver affordable energy to local communities by connecting flexible electricity demands such as heat pumps to intermittent renewable energy sources such as solar power, SIRACH says: ”The use of district heat networks varies widely between different countries and across the world with key differences in technologies and implementation. This workshop will share knowledge on the development, challenges, and opportunities of smart energy networks.

The free event at Islington Town Hall in London will provide a day of discussion. The highlights include a presentation by Bob Critoph of LoTot-Net on why low-temperature networks are important in the future and Islington Council discussing its feasibility study of a 5th generation district heating and cooling integrated smart energy network.

Click here to see the full programme and to book a free place.

 

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