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Business Breakfast: Heat Networks

  • Ashfords LLP Tower Wharf, Cheese Ln Bristol, BS2 0JJ United Kingdom (map)

The Future Economy Network will be welcoming Nick James from futureground, David Broom from Kensa Engineering, Stephen Ward from AECOM & Rufus Ford from Vattenfall to discuss heat networks.

Stephen Ward, Regional Director, AECOM, presentation will provide an overview of the Heat Networks Investment Project. Public, private and third sector organisations can apply for up to £320m of funding to support the commercialisation and construction of heat networks in England and Wales.  The presentation by Stephen Ward (representing Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management, the Delivery Partner for HNIP) will introduce you to the scheme including the types of funding available, eligibility and scoring criteria and how to apply.

David Broom, Technical Sales, Kensa Group, will discuss how heat networks and sustainability is the core of what Kensa do. David will be talking about how they use Shared Ground Loop ground source heat pumps as an alternative to traditional heat networks, and how their innovative system architecture removes all of the issues experienced with a central plant alternative. Providing the best possible outcomes for the resident and the building owner. David will also run through a couple of case studies of schemes they have delivered. 

Rufus Ford, Business Development Manager, Vattenfall. Vattenfall has recently entered the UK heat networks market, building on extensive experience in Europe. This presentation will give an insight into the UK market from the perspective of a recent entrant from outside. They will share what lessons we can learn from Europe and vice-versa . They have ambition to deliver low carbon heat networks at scale, and will discuss what needs to happen in the UK to unlock the potential of heat networks to help decarbonise heat – one of the biggest challenges for the energy system. This includes how we move from fossil fuel solutions such as gas CHP to lower carbon heat sources, and how we deliver for customers.

Nick James, Founding Director, Futureground, presentation will discuss, in a context of significant change, both the energy and built environment industries are rapidly being disrupted. With heat networks sitting at the nexus of these two industries, what are the challenges and opportunities we should be looking at? Through an exploration of shared project experience, emerging model examples and application of a design thinking approach, this session will look at how we can develop human-centred solutions to deliver better outcomes in an optimised way.  


07:45 - 08:00 - Registration and coffee

08:00 - 08:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:10 - 08:25 – Stephen Ward, AECOM

08:25 – 08:40 – David Broom, Kensa Group

08:40 - 08:55 - Rufus Ford, Vattenfuall

08:55 - 09:10 – Nick James, Futureground

09:10 - 09:20 - Q&A

09:20 - 09:25 - 60 Second Pitches

09:25 - 09:30 - Close

09:30 - 10:00 – Networking and breakfast

Get to know our speakers!

Stephen Ward, Regional Director, AECOM

Stephen has over 10 years’ experience of providing technical consultancy to clients on low carbon heat networks. His team provides advice and support ranging from feasibility and business case development, to design and procurement, through to post construction performance monitoring. His recent clients include local authorities, such as Bridgend and Bristol City, Universities (Reading, UWE) and Health Trusts.

David Broom, Sales Manager, Kensa

David has 13 years of experience working with the design and application of ground source heat pumps. David joined Kensa in 2009 and works on large complex commercial applications of ground source heat pump projects. In his time with the company he has played a key role in establishing shared ground loops as a recognised solition for tackling fuel poverty, carbon reduction, air quality and energy security in both the social housing and new build development sector.

Rufus Ford, Business Development Manager, Vattenfall

Rufus is a Business Development Manager in Vattenfall’s newly established UK heat business, working in partnership with local authorities and real estate developers to identify and develop opportunities to deliver low-carbon heat networks projects at scale. Vattenfall Heat UK is building on extensive experience of heat network development and operation across Europe and is committed to phasing out the use of fossil fuels.

Rufus has extensive experience in the energy sector and in heat networks specifically, having previously worked in the Heat Networks Delivery Unit at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and in various policy, research and business development roles in the utilities sector.

Nick James, Founding Director, Futureground

Nick James has a background in design and sustainability. He has worked for investor, developer, designer, constructor and consultant organisations over his 20 years in the property industry. His work spans the property lifecycle, and brings together organisational and process design – the “software”- with that of the built environment “hardware” to create and capture shared value. The delivery of low and zero carbon projects is a thread that runs throughout his career to date. Nick is a founding director of Futureground Ltd, a consultancy and project management company focused on creating a better built environment. 

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