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We are delighted to announce the launch of our new company website, which features a fresh look and feel and user-friendly navigation, enabling users to browse through our extensive range of heat network products and services with ease. These include a range of smart heat interface units (HIUs) and comprehensive support services including metering, billing, revenue management and service and maintenance.

Delivering a fully responsive experience, the new website gives users a seamless transition from desktop to mobile browsing and has been designed to provide heat network information for Housing Developers, M&E Consultants, Housing Associations and Building Managers, covering all stages of a communal or district heating project.

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Emma Alexander, Marketing Manager at Evinox Energy, says“We are really excited about the launch of our new site, which we’ve packed with useful heat network information, including articles, case studies, best practice and regulation advice, alongside technical information about our ModuSat® Smart HIU range and metering, billing and maintenance support services. We love the new look and feel of the site, and see it as the cornerstone of our online marketing strategy, aligning our digital platform much more closely to our brand and product and service offerings,”

Let’s Talk About Smart HIU’s

The new Smart Heat Interface Unit Hub on the Evinox website features plenty of technical content and useful information and includes everything you need to know about Evinox’s ModuSat® range of HIUs. The hub also covers topics such as the UK BESA HIU test standard, designing for energy efficient networks and the benefits of electronic control. It even features an online tool for selecting Heat Interface Units based on your project parameters and provides calculations for the whole network. Users can also request one of Evinox’s CIBSE accredited CPD seminars and download the Heat Network Design Guide via the website.

Find Out How Evinox Can Help with Metering and Billing for Your Heat Network

The website walks you through all the requirements of a successful metering and billing system for a heat network development. This includes information about the typical network set-up, which domestic and commercial meters might be required, credit billing services, debt free Pay-as-you-go technology and guidance about how to comply with the Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014.

Service & Maintenance Support for Heat Networks

Knowing how vital the support services can be for the operation the heat network and HIUs alike, Evinox’s new website provides lots of useful information for housing developers and building managers. Find out more about our internet based remote Service and Maintenance for HIU’s, enhanced warranty cover, plant room maintenance and combined plans for billing and service where we offer very competitive discounted rates for both in one package.

Emma Alexander continued“As we strive to improve every aspect of Evinox’s on and offline presence, flagship projects such as this demonstrate our commitment to excellence to our customers and partners. I’m extremely excited to be involved in the continued evolution of Evinox Energy and look forward to sharing what we’ve got in the pipeline over the coming months”.

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New Online Tool Helps Designers with HIU Specification

Evinox are excited to announce the launch of the ModuSat® Heat Interface Unit Online Selector, which recommends the ideal units for heat network developments.

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HIU Keep Warm – What’s the Best Approach?

Helen examines different approaches, and how best to balance the supply of hot water with the overall efficiency of the network

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Evinox are excited to announce the launch of the ModuSat® Heat Interface Unit Online Selector. Available via the Evinox Energy website, this intuitive tool recommends the ideal HIU(s) for a district or communal heat network development, based on project parameters entered by the user

Screen shot of selector toolWith over 15 years of experience in the design and manufacture of interface units for heat network systems, Evinox created the Selector with M&E consultants in mind, aiming to provide a tool that is easy to use, and can help with sizing and selection whilst saving time for the specifier.

Helen Gibbons, Evinox Technical and Design Manager comments – “This unique new tool is an extension of the Evinox Heat Network Design Guide that is used by many M&E consultants in the UK. It draws on Evinox’s experience sizing HIU’s for numerous communal heating projects, and also recommendations from the Swedish District Heating Association Technical Provisions F:101, Danish Standard 439 and the CIBSE CP1 – Heat Networks: Code of Practice for the UK “

Helen continues “In addition to the heat interface unit sizing and selection functionality, our new tool provides heating and hot water technical performance information specific to the users’ project, complete with Low Temperature Hot Water (LTHW) calculations for the whole heat network, which can act as a useful guide for the design and specification process.”

A well as all the functionality detailed, the user can also save unit selections and calculations for each project and come back at any time to access or edit them or to create a new selection, making this a really useful resource for consultants.

Find out how the ModuSat® Selector can help with the specification of heat interface units and try it out by visiting the Selector here.

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HIU Keep Warm – What’s the Best Approach?

Helen examines different approaches, and how best to balance the supply of hot water with the overall efficiency of the network

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HIU Keep Warm – What’s the Best Approach?

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If you have an interest in Heat Network design or are involved in the specification of Heat Interface Units (HIUs), you will no doubt be aware of the new BESA (British Engineering Services Association) UK Standard for HIUs, launched in late 2016.

This new standard is regarded as a really important step towards improving the overall performance of British district heating schemes, and its key objective is to enable the performance of different HIUs to be evaluated within the context of typical UK operating conditions. This will enable heat network developers to consider the performance of specific HIUs against design requirements.

The main outcome from the BESA test standard is a Volume Weighted Average Return Temperature – or “VWART” for each HIU at standardised high temperature and low temperature network conditions.

A lower overall VWART represents a lower average annual return temperature from the HIU to the primary network and therefore a better performing HIU. The example below shows published BESA VWART results for our ModuSat® XR-ECO at High Temperature Test Conditions –

 

Keep Warm BlogToday I want to focus on the “Keep Warm” function, looking at the different approaches and how best to balance the supply of hot water with the overall efficiency of the network.

So what role does the Keep Warm Play?

One of the key impacts on the overall VWART figure is the use and control of the “Keep Warm” facility, which is designed to keep the hot water plate heat exchanger warm continuously so that the HIU’s can provide a fast response as soon as there is demand for domestic hot water. This function also has the added benefit of keeping the risers and laterals warm, although additional controlled bypass valves are sometimes required, for example at the top of the riser or at the end of laterals.

For the BESA test regime, the Keep Warm VWART figure is calculated using a weighted average that assumes Keep Warm is switched ON for an average of 90% of the year (i.e., constantly available while the HIU is not producing space heating or hot water).  And while the Keep Warm facility should only ever bypass a small volume of water per hour, the proportionately high number of annual hours that a Keep Warm bypass might be left “on” for can add up to a significant amount of warm water being bypassed back to the network over the course of the year, wasting energy, raising the primary return temperature and reducing the delta T, as illustrated in the table below:

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As can be seen, despite the Keep Warm being temperature controlled (in this case), this facility is still potentially responsible for over a third of the annual volume of water by passed back to the primary network.

So, what’s the best approach?

You will find that different HIU manufacturers approach “keep warm” in different ways, typically we see the following for UK heat interface units –

KWF Table 2

By far the most efficient and effective solution, is to provide both time and temperature control over this function, by additionally allowing the keep warm to be timed, it can be de-activated during times of low demand (eg middle of the night), something which is only possible with electronically controlled HIU’s. With a growing understanding in society of the need to be more energy efficient, residents are likely to find it acceptable having to wait a little longer for their hot water at 3am, especially if the cost and energy saving benefits are explained to them. The latest Evinox ModuSat XR models allow this control to be managed either by individual residents themselves; or managed globally across the network by the operator, as the Keep Warm time and temperature settings can be remotely adjusted.

This means that real life average annual return temperatures can be further reduced, with a suitable balance struck between the speed of DHW delivery for the home owner and the overall network efficiency requirements of the operator.

For example, we have calculated that the impact of restricting the operation of the Keep Warm facility to 8 hours per day, can result in a 23% reduction in water bypassed back to the primary network.  Based on the performance of the Evinox ModuSat XR HIU, this would improve the (already impressive) overall VWART figure by a further 7°C – giving an annual Volume Weighted Average Return Temperature of 26°C!

But is there an increased risk of Legionella?

HSE guidelines state that the hot water should reach the outlet at 50°C within one minute. Does this mean that there is an increased risk of Legionnaires disease if the keep warm function is turned off causing a delay in the hot water to come through? No, it doesn’t!

First of all, the “50°C within 1 minute” guideline is there specifically for hot water storage. As there is no storage of hot water in an instantaneous heat interface unit, the legionella risk is virtually eliminated. Additionally, when the keep warm function is turned off in several properties across the network, this will stop unnecessary circulation through laterals which in turn will help prevent overheating of ducts. Overheating of ducts can cause the temperature of the incoming cold water to rise above 20°C, favourable conditions for legionella growth. I will be discussing this in more detail in a future blog.

So, as you can see, it’s important to consider the HIU Keep Warm strategy when designing your next communal or district heating project. Decisions made at the design stage can help to ensure you provide the best system for residents, whilst also maintaining optimum network efficiency.

Helen Gibbons – Design & Technical Manager Evinox Energy Ltd.

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Evinox team of CIBSE Certified Heat Network Consultants expands

Evinox has added to its CIBSE certified Technical and Design team, with Design Engineer Arturs Kokins becoming the latest to successfully complete the CIBSE Heat Networks Code of Practice course.

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Evinox has added to its CIBSE certified Technical and Design team, with Design Engineer Arturs Kokins becoming the latest to successfully complete the CIBSE Heat Networks Code of Practice course, passing his final exam with flying colours.

The CIBSE Heat Network qualification is recognised across the industry and covers a broad spectrum of considerations for communal and district heating systems, demonstrating the depth of knowledge Evinox can offer to their customers in the design of heat network systems.

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Arturs originally joined Evinox in early 2017 as a Graduate Engineer, with an MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree, and has since developed his skills and gained valuable experience working on a number of key projects. These include managing bespoke testing with BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) for a large development in London where Evinox is supplying heating and cooling units. He was also involved in Evinox successfully completing testing under the new BESA (British Engineering Services Association) UK Standard for Heat Interface Units, for which the Evinox ModuSat (XR) HIU achieved excellent results and is currently one of only five manufactures to have officially published its results on the BESA website, something the company is very proud of.

“Arturs is a perfect example of what can be achieved by investing in people and promoting their growth within a business,” comments Helen Gibbons, Evinox Technical and Design Manager. “He is a highly valued member of the team at Evinox, and we are delighted to employ a Design Engineer of Arturs calibre.”

Evinox offers developers, consultants and specifiers a broad range of design support services for district and communal heating projects, including HIU sizing and selection; hydraulic system guidance and advice; and complete plant room system and distribution pipework design, where required.

Please contact Evinox on 01372 722277 or complete the contact form to find out more about our Design Services or BESA tested Heat Interface Unit range.

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A New Captain Takes the Helm

Evinox are thrilled to announce that Terry Mahoney has taken the helm as its new Managing Director.

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Evinox are thrilled to announce that Terry Mahoney has taken the helm as its new Managing Director. Terry originally joined Evinox in 2010 and through his most recent role as Operations Director has been pivotal to much of the company’s recent success, including the delivery and ongoing support of key projects – such as Battersea Power Station; and the evolution of Evinox’s manufacturing capability.

Terry said of his new position “I’m delighted and flattered to be appointed as Managing Director at Evinox. This is an exciting time for the business, with planning regulations and government policy continuing to support the deployment of district and communal heating, the market continues to thrive and evolve. Evinox has seen a strong growth in sales over the past 12 months, and with product innovation and development at the forefront of the company strategy this is only set to increase”.

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He continued “As an established, marketing leading heat interface unit manufacturer, Evinox offers innovative products that are built with quality components and assembled to world class manufacturing standards. This has been confirmed by the Impressive efficiency performance achieved by the Evinox ModuSat heat interface unit, which was tested to the UK standard from BESA”.

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) UK test standard for heat interface units (HIUs) was recently introduced to enable designers and specifiers to evaluate the performance of a HIU on their network. Currently, only a handful of manufacturers have published results for the HIU test regime, with Evinox being one of the first to undertake the testing process. The results achieved provide a clear, independently verified confirmation that the Evinox ModuSat® XR HIU range delivers outstanding heating and hot water efficiency performance for modern heat networks – something the team at Evinox are very proud of.

The strong growth in sales reported, can be clearly demonstrated by the calibre of clients and projects that Evinox are working with. Evinox is already in the process of delivering over 1700 heating and cooling interface units for projects in Canary Wharf and over 1000 units for the same client on a prestigious project on the South Bank in central London.  At the same time, the company has also been successful in securing orders for over 700 heat interface units on the latest phase of the London City Island development in Greenwich. In addition to this, Evinox’s metering and billing services continue to grow, with contracts for hundreds of heat network schemes for both private and social housing across the UK. This includes the provision of bills for over 10,000 customers each year, and many, many more using the Evinox PaySmart pre-payment system.

Mahoney believes that it is a combination of the comprehensive product range and support services that Evinox offers, with the dedication of the Evinox team and keeping ahead of evolving industry standards that has spurred on the company’s recent success. The ability to offer options for heating and cooling, integrated energy display solutions and billing-ready options set Evinox HIU’s apart from others in the market.

Terry summarised by saying, “I’m an advocate of the “Under one roof” business model, which allows Evinox to combine first class product supply, flexible metering and billing solutions, and service and maintenance support – making us stand out from the crowd!”

Contact Evinox for further Information about our products and services, or a Quotation for your next heat network project.

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System designers faced with a myriad of challenges within the design of heat networks, can be forgiven for labouring under the misapprehension that HIU’s are one-size-fits-all. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as recent studies have shown that the performance of HIU’s can have a significant impact on the overall efficiency of a heat network; and therefore, the very carbon and energy cost savings that the network is intended to deliver.

So, what should specifiers – and indeed clients, such as developers and social landlords – be considering when specifying HIU’s for their next heat network project.  Here are our top tips:

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1. Independently tested and compliant with industry best practice guides

The new Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) UK test standard for heat interface units (HIUs) has been introduced as a voluntary scheme, which independently tests the performance of HIU’s under “typical” UK operating conditions. Delivering low return temperatures from the HIU back to the heat network is crucial in driving efficiency and reducing energy wastage, and this new standard provides specifiers and clients with a clear benchmark of how any HIU will perform in heating, hot water and “keep warm” modes over the year.

Any unit you specify should have been through this test regime and have its performance results published. (If not, then perhaps ask yourself why not…!).

So, ask your manufacturer for details of their published DHW return temperatures (CIBSE Guide recommends below 25℃); what sort of deltaT’s you can expect in heating/hot water and keep warm modes in “typical” UK conditions; and evidence of this through BESA test results.

2. Designed for modern, low temperature heat networks

Lowering system temperatures is a critical factor in the efficient operation of heat networks. Heat networks with 70/40 primary flow/return temperatures are becoming commonplace.

The best HIU’s will offer the ability to maintain high deltaT’s across the network, even at low primary flow temperatures, while still also offering the capability to deliver (for example) domestic hot water at 50-55°C.  The latest Evinox ModuSat XR-ECO models are able to do just this, delivering 55°C hot water at impressive hot water capacities and flow rates, with a primary flow temperature of just 60°C

3. Timed Keep Warm Facility

The ability to provide a quick response to demand for domestic hot water (i.e. when a tap opens) ensures high levels of user comfort and convenience, while also reducing energy and water waste.

HIU’s often do this using a so-called “Keep Warm” facility, which is designed to bypass a small amount of warm water through the HIU to ensure that the domestic hot water plate does not become too cool.  However, bypassing warm water back to the heat network increases the average return temperature, so this needs to be controlled, which any reputable HIU will, at least do, thermostatically.

Better still, market-leading HIU’s are able to provide further control in this area, allowing the Keep Warm function to be operated on a time schedule, helping to save energy by switching the function off and allowing the hot water plate temperature to drop during times it is unlikely to be needed (such as during the working day or in the middle of the night). This reduces the volume of warm water returned to the primary network, helping to maintain a wide DeltaT and high operational efficiency.

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Evinox believes that timing the operation of the keep warm facility to key period of occupation can save around 6% on the annual energy consumption of the network, so it’s crucial to consider your Keep Warm strategy early on in the project!

4. Electronically controlled

A key differentiator among HIU’s on the market today is the adoption of electronically controlled valves by leading models.

The use of Pressure Independent Control Valves (PICV’s), in combination with advanced control logic algorithms provides a myriad of benefits in terms of HIU performance, optimisation for heat network efficiency and ongoing customer support, including:

  • PICV’s provide differential pressure control, so no need to fit additional differential pressure control valves elsewhere on the network;
  • Aids primary system balancing and is “set and forget” as no additional adjustments are required once the heat interface unit is initially commissioned;
  • System can easily be adapted or modified to include additional heat interface units, if required, with no PICV adjustment;
  • Minimises system pressure fluctuations and ensures efficient operation of the HIU by close control of the heat energy required;
  • The PICV also reduces overall equipment costs and the time required to carry out system commissioning.

A historic criticism levelled at HIU’s featuring PICV’s is that they are slow to respond to changes in heat demand and therefore potentially wasteful in terms of energy consumption.  But independently produced results from the BESA test standard clearly shows that HIU’s that include the latest fast-acting valve actuators and self-learning control logic to PICV’s, will deliver fast response, close control and low return temperatures.

5. Smart Connected Control

Furthermore, electronically controlled HIU’s provide many additional benefits which are simply not possible without the use of electronic control, including the ability to facilitate a 2‐way communication network, which when connected over the internet to remote servers allows the HIU to become an IoT device, offering a wide range of benefits to both consumers, facilities managers and heat network operators alike.

For example, the heating and hot water system in each dwelling can be remotely metered, controlled, interrogated and tested, both during the initial set up/commissioning phase and ongoing operation.

Remote access to the HIU also allows domestic hot water and/or space heating set‐points to be altered remotely after the HIU’s have been commissioned, which allows the system operator to maximise the efficiency of the whole system and end user queries to be quickly and effectively resolved without the need for an engineer to attend site.

6. Metering and Billing Ready

The requirements of the Heat Network (metering and billing) regulations now mean that all end consumers on a district or communal heating network must be billed for their individual heat consumption.

For social landlords (and increasingly in private schemes), pre-payment billing systems are common place and PICV’s offer a further advantage over mechanical HIU’s by acting as the energy shut-off valve and thus allowing automatic disconnection of the heating and hot water when credit has been exhausted. This allows the HIU to be delivered as “pre-payment ready”, removing the requirement to fit an additional external shut‐off valve and avoids the associated cost and installation time.

7. Weather compensation

Weather compensation allows secondary heating flow temperatures to be reduced, based on outside temperature. Lowering the secondary flow temperature whilst maintaining a consistent deltaT across the secondary circuit means lower return temperatures to the network can be achieved, helping to optimise overall heat network efficiency and further reduce resident energy bills.

Smart, connected control allows outside temperature data to be sent to each HIU, which can then adjust heating flow temperatures accordingly. Operating in this way, only a single outdoor temperature sensor is needed to provide information to the entire building.

8. Energy display devices

Smart metering systems are increasingly commonplace, and the ability to display real time and historical heat, power and even water consumption is often demanded by specifiers, either to meet planning regulations or developers added value specifications.

The ability to provide this information direct from the HIU through its own wall mounted display (which also acts as the system programmer and thermostat) is a key attribute where energy display is a requirement, reducing the cost and complexity of providing additional devices, as well as minimising the amount of wall space taken up by various controls and displays.

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Summary

So, I think you will agree that we have seen some serious innovation in heat interface unit design and technology in recent years, and units are certainly not “one size fits all”.

Consider the following before you choose your next HIU –

  • Can the units perform efficiently on a low temp network?
  • Are the units Independently tested to the BESA standard with published results?
  • Do the HIUs operate using electronically controlled Pressure Independent Control Valves? And if so, does the HIU employ fast-acting actuators and advanced control logic to deliver fast demand response?
  • Does the HIU have the ability to control the Keep Warm function by temperature and time?
  • What control and communication functionality do the units provide?
  • Are they Metering and Billing Ready without the need for extra equipment?
  • Can they be supplied with HIU compatible Energy display devices?

You can find more information on the latest Evinox ModuSat® XR and ModuSat® XR-ECO Heat Interface Units in the product area.

Chris Davis – Head of Sales & Marketing at Evinox Energy Ltd.

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Evinox are looking forward to speaking at the ecobuild exhibition at ExCeL London next week, where we will be presenting seminars in the District Energy area.

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Evinox are looking forward to speaking at the ecobuild exhibition at ExCeL London next week, where we will be presenting seminars in the District Energy area.

The event features a fantastic seminar programme, including speakers from BEIS, UKDEA, Heat Trust and numerous UK providers. All sharing guidance on the latest design and innovation, delivery and potential solutions.

Evinox will be presenting two seminars at the event –

You can find the full seminar programme for the District Energy area by visiting the ecobuild website.

If you are unable to visit ecobuild, but are interested in attending a seminar, Evinox can provide CIBSE accredited CPD seminars that cover Heat Network Design and the BESA Test Standard for HIU’s. Find out more by visiting the CPD pages on the website.

ecobuild takes place from the 6th to 8th March, and It’s free to visit. You can register to attend at the ecobuild website.  Please contact us on 01372 722277 should you have any questions or would like to arrange a time to meet at the exhibition.

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New CIBSE Accredited Seminar Explores HIU Test Standard from BESA

Evinox now offer a CIBSE accredited CPD seminar about the new UK test standard for Heat Interface Units from BESA (British Engineering Services Association).

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Evinox now offer a CIBSE accredited CPD seminar about the new UK test standard for Heat Interface Units from BESA (British Engineering Services Association).

This new standard is regarded as an important step towards improving the overall performance of British district heating schemes and its key objective is to enable the performance of different Heat Interface Units (HIUs) to be evaluated within the context of typical UK operating conditions. Thereby enabling heat network developers to consider the performance of specific HIUs against design requirements.

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Until now, it has been a common misconception that heat interface units are “one size fits all”; results from the BESA tests show that this certainly isn’t the case for today’s modern systems – the network design and HIU specification must be closely matched to ensure optimum performance and the HIU must deliver the widest delta T and lowest return temperatures possible in all operational modes.

The Evinox seminar explores all aspects of the test regime and discusses how for the first time, designers and specifiers will be able to see the impact of a specific HIU on their network. Entitled “Understanding the BESA Test Standard for HIUs (VWARTS and All)”, the seminar is accredited by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and provides credits towards consulting engineers’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

This 60-minute seminar is ideal for M&E consultants or housing providers interested in finding out more about the latest standard for communal & district heating systems and can be held at client’s premises or at the Evinox Energy offices in Chessington.

Contact us today to arrange a seminar on 01372 722277 or complete our Contact Form.

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Encouraging Results for First Heat Network Consumer Survey

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Evinox Energy are delighted to be working with Canary Wharf Group plc on the Southbank Place development. This outstanding scheme features a district heating system that incorporates a highly efficient energy centre, which will reduce the carbon footprint of the site. The District network will supply residents with thermal energy for heating, cooling and the production of domestic hot water.

Southbank Place is being developed by Braeburn Estates, a joint venture between Canary Wharf Group plc and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company. When complete it will feature seven new buildings including residential space, state-of-the-art offices and a diverse mix of retail. This 5.25-acre development also features the iconic Shell building and offers some of the best views in London including the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Whitehall and exceptional vistas of the river.

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Heating & Cooling Interface Units

Evinox Energy have supplied both heating and cooling interface units, including twin plate ModuSat® XR units for instantaneous heating and hot water, ModuSat® single plate units for cooling and ModuSat® FS models that feature an integrated hot water storage tank. The Canary Wharf Group plc decided this was the ideal solution as many apartments require both heating and cooling throughout the home.

Smart Connected Control

The Interface units at Southbank Place feature our SmartTalk® two-way communication technology, which operates using the same hard-wired network as the metering data collection without additional costs. This enables all dwellings to be remotely metered, controlled, interrogated and tested, and enables operation and maintenance routines to be run remotely including the diagnosis of faults. The system picks up a range of alarms such as faulty components, faulty meters, high /low system pressure.

By using our two-way communication system, any HIU performance check can also be carried out remotely, significantly reducing inconvenience, maintenance time and cost.

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Each home also features an Evinox ViewSmart ENE3 controller, which can display all of the information required to gain credits for the Code for Sustainable Homes. This includes historical consumption data in a graphical format to enable residents to view information about their usage and compare different periods. This removes the requirement to install a separate energy display device to gain credits towards the Code for Sustainable Homes.

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Encouraging Results for First Heat Network Consumer Survey

“The results are encouraging news for the district heating sector” says Chris Davis, Head of Sales and Marketing at Evinox “

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Encouraging Results for First Heat Network Consumer Survey

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Evinox Energy welcomes the results of the first Heat Networks Consumer Survey, issued by BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).

Key findings from the survey – which asked around 5000 heat network consumers about their satisfaction with their heating systems, price, transparency of billing and quality of customer service – were that while there is significant variation to be found in the prices paid by heat network consumers, on average they were likely to pay less than non-heat network consumers.

The survey also shows that while there are issues affecting the sector that need addressing, heat network consumers were just as satisfied overall with their heating systems as non-heat network consumers, with nearly three-quarters reporting that they were “satisfied” with their heating system.

“The results are encouraging news for the district heating sector” says Chris Davis, Head of Sales and Marketing at Evinox; “there has been a dearth of qualitative market intelligence relating to heat networks, so surveys such as this are extremely valuable in understanding what consumers really think and help to gain an insight into their day to day experiences of living with these systems”.

Two key observations from the report suggest that Evinox is already well ahead of the curve in terms of the solutions it provides. Firstly, the report highlights that heat network consumers are likely to have less control over their heating system than those with traditional heating systems –  with more than half of the consumers surveyed reporting that their systems were not fitted with a central thermostat, while around only a third have a heating programmer, in stark contrast to “non-heat-network consumers”.

Evinox’s fully electronically controlled ModuSat XR heat interface units are typically provided with a full “ViewSmart” heating programmer, allowing consumers to have precisely the same level of control over when, how and where their heating is delivered as a conventional boiler-based heating system. ViewSmart also has the option to display current and historic energy consumption information, allowing consumers full control over their heating system usage and energy bills.

“Heating controls have long since been proven to reduce energy consumption, while smart meters and energy display devices are fundamental in changing consumer behaviour” Chris Davis explains; “And for the continued acceptance of heat networks, it’s vital that users see little or no difference in the way their system operates and performs compared to any other traditional “wet” heating systems, where the heating controls are typically the key point of contact they have.”

The report also highlights relatively poor transparency of billing in the heat network sector, something that Evinox is working hard to tackle directly through its in-house heat metering and billing service. Evinox has voluntarily adopted the key principles of the industry-led Heat Trust consumer protection scheme, with the aim of providing clear and comprehensive bills, as well as offering additional items such as Welcome Packs for new customers; an online portal to enable consumers to review their account status and make payments; as well as a published Fair Tariff policy, which explains how bills are calculated. The Heat Trust scheme drew praise from the report’s authors.

The BEIS heat network consumers report comes as the Competition and Markets Authority has also announced its own market study into the heat networks sector, a step which Evinox also welcomes.

“The Government has provided strong support for the heat network sector over recent years and is providing clear signals through its recent Clean Growth Strategy that heat networks are absolutely key to the decarbonization of heat in the UK”, added Chris Davis. “Well designed and well optimized heat networks can deliver heating that is efficient, low carbon and cost-effective; we welcome continued efforts across industry to drive improved customer service and higher levels of consumer protection in line with other utilities sectors.”

Contact Evinox today for more information about our heat network products and services.

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