Heat Networks: Latest Developments & Research Opportunities

Date:                     Thursday 6th June, 5-7:30pm
Location:             Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, EH105DD
Host: Napier University (Scottish Energy Centre)
Co-Host: the Energy Institute (Young Professional Network) and “Clean Heat Edinburgh Forum” (CHEF).
Contact: Antoine Reguis (a.reguis@napier.ac.uk)

“Good research starts with good questions. Heat networks are expected to replace the gas network in large parts of Scottish cities. These networks are significant energy infrastructure which can be campus, city, or regional scale. A large-scale approach enables to maximize their benefits, but this requires a comprehensive approach and a strategic vision. The development of heat networks in Scotland presents both opportunities but also challenges. The research community has a key role to play in this new energy landscape.”.
What to expect from this event: (i) An insight from the latest developments in the heat network sector in Scotland and Edinburgh. (ii) An opportunity to discuss and ask questions that should be addressed by the research community, and (iii) An opportunity to network with key stakeholders in either the heat network sector or the research community.

The event will be attended by the research community, industry, local authorities, third sector, and policy makers (50-60 people). It will provide an opportunity to build a greater understanding of how research can support the transition away from natural gas with the development of heat networks. This will have impacts on the Built environment, Energy system, Urban planning, Net-zero trajectory, Workforce and Skill development, Just transition, Governance, Funding, and Policies.

Speakers and panellists include Charles Fraser (Burges Salmon), Courtney MacDougall (Vattenfall), Dr Simon Shackley (UoE, Clean Heat Edinburgh Forum), and Prof Jan Webb (UoE, Heat and the City).

Networking time with tea, coffee and cakes is included in the agenda.

Detailed Description

5pm: Registration
5:30pm: Introduction (Antoine Reguis, Napier / Amy McPherson, Energy Institute Young Professional Network)
5:45pm: “Heat network development: New regulatory landscape” (Fraser McKay, Burges-Salmon)
6:00pm “New Heat Networks in Granton and Shawfair” (Courtney MacDougall, Vattenfall)
6:15pm “The East Lothian Question ; A challenge for research” (Simon Shackley, UoE)
6:30pm Q&A / Panel discussion (Fraser McKay, Courtney MacDougall, Dr Simon Shackley, Prof Jan Webb)
7:00pm Closing remark
Networking until 7:30pm

Date and Location: Thursday 6th June 2024 ; 5pm-7:30pm – Napier University, Merchiston Campus, 10 Colinton Road, EH10 5DT, Edinburgh.
Format: In person event.
Host: “ENU” & Co-Host: “Energy Institute” and “Clean Heat Edinburgh Forum (CHEF)”
Targeted audience: Research Community ; Industry; Local Authorities ; Third Sector