Fossil fuel heating ban in new homes from 2025
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 13 March that new standards will be "mandating the end of fossil fuel heating systems in new homes from 2025 delivering lower carbon, and lower fuel bills too".
Heat Networks Investment Project
BEIS has announced that its £320m Heat Networks Investment Project has opened for applications on 5 February 2019. “The UK has led in the decarbonisation of electricity and we are equally committed to tackling heat. The Heat Networks Investment Project has created a route to market for innovative energy projects and demonstrates a key objective of the Clean Growth Strategy: to deliver technologies that lower bills, cut carbon and improve the quality of life for communities across the country.”
Ashden Awards 2019
Ashden Awards announced its longlist of candidates for Ashden Awards 2019 in January 2019. The list includes ICAX for its pioneering work Fifth Generation District Heating Networks in the Balanced Energy Network installed at London South Bank University.
Collaborate to Innovate: Award Winner
The Balanced Energy Network won the Energy and Environment category in The Engineer's Collaborate to Innovate Award on 6 November 2018 for its Fifth Generation District Heat Network. The winning consortium, led by ICAX, included London South Bank University, Upside Energy, Mixergy, TFGI, Origen Power and Cranfield University. The award ceremony was on 6 November at St Bart's Brewery, Smithfield, London EC1.
Claire Perry encourages Heat Pumps
The Minsiter of State for BEIS would like to see more heat pumps installed: Claire Perry encourages Heat Pumps.
Heat Pumps in London
The Mayor of London has comissioned a report to examine the implications of widespread adoption of heat pumps in London to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the capital: Heat Pumps in London.
Clean Air Strategy published by DERFA on 22 May 2018
DEFRA published its Clean Air Strategy on 22 May 2018 with the optimistic hope of reducing the costs of air pollution to society by an estimated £1 billion every year by 2020.
Clean Growth Strategy published by BEIS on 12 October
BEIS published its Clean Growth Strategy on 12 October 2017 in response to the Climate Change Committee's report on "Next steps for UK Heat Policy".
Grid Carbon Factors fall again dramatically
On 2 January 2018 BEIS published its Updated Energy and Emissions Projections. These not only show a steady decline in the Grid Carbon Factors through to 2035, but also confirm the dramatic fall in carbon emissions from UK grid electricity between 2014 and 2017.
Renewable Heat Incentive payments for new investments continue until March 2021
The carrot for new investment continues until March 2021, when it is likely to be replaced by a stick!
Don't miss the RHI bus! There's never been a better time to invest in ground source energy.
10% of UK Electricity is used for Air Conditioning and Cooling
A new Study of energy use by Air Conditioning by BRE says that 10% of UK electricity is used for cooling. The use of roof mounted chillers for cooling is very inefficient: there is a better way to provide cooling!
Energy Recycling is the Ultimate Energy Saving Measure
The Committee on Climate Change has published its report on "Next Steps for UK Heat Policy". It is urging full hearted support for heat pumps and also for the Government to consider conversion of the gas grid away from natural gas towards distributing hydrogen.
Ofgem's Insight Report into The Decarbonisation of Heat
Ofgem has published its Insight report on The Decarbonisation of Heat. ICAX welcomes the report in which Ofgem agrees there is a need to focus on heat pumps as the leading low-carbon heating option for buildings.
Innovate UK awards ICAX led Consortium to build a Balanced Heat Network
Innovate UK has awarded £2.9m towards a £4m ICAX led consortium to build a Balanced Energy Network at London South Bank University to demonstrate innovations in integrated energy supply chains.
Owen Square Solar Powered District Heating Opens
DECC funded innovative district heating project opens in Easton, Bristol: Owen Square District Heating.
Paris Agreement on Climate Change reached on 12 December 2015
The French host the UN Climate Change conference which leads to a historic Paris Agreement on restricting Climate Change increase to well below 2°C. How will DECC respond?
UTP chooses ICAX for new precision engineering factory at Daedalus Airfield
Universal Tool & Production Company Ltd, a specialist precision engineering company, chooses ICAX to provide sustainable heating in winter and sustainable cooling in summer to its new facility at Daedalus Airfield, Lee-on-the-Solent: UTP chooses ICAX.
Bouygues chooses IHT
Bouygues chooses Interseasonal Heat Transfer for the refurbishment of the prestige redevelopment ofCambridge Terrace in Regent's Park, London. The Interseasonal Heat Transfer installation, which provides heating and cooling to the terrace, will emit no gases on site and this assists in the control of air quality in central London.
Innovate UK chooses ICAX
Innovate UK has awarded a contract to ICAX and London South Bank University to provide a feasibility study on Cold Water Heat Networks. See Innovate UK chooses ICAX.
DECC's Water Source Heat Map
DECC has just published its Water Source Heat Map to encourage the use of water source heat pumps to provide renewable heating and renewable cooling and save on carbon emissions.
DECC chooses CHOICES Phase 2
DECC chooses CHOICES consortium for SBRI solar district heating demonstration at Owens Park, Easton, Bristol.
The new £70m mixed use development at Kingston upon Thames demonstrates the power of water source heat pumps: Kingston Heights.
Increased RHI Rates for GSHP installations announced 4 December 2013
Greg Barker, Minister for State for Energy and Climate Change, has announced that RHI rates will be increased and backdated to 21 January 2013 for accreditations since then. This doubles GSHP RHI rates. This brings RHI tariffs for GSHPs into line with those long offered for biomas boiler installations: RHI gshp rates increase.
Energy Hub Progress
Frans Koene of TNO summarises the progress to date on developing energy management systems and advanced seasonal heat storage in a full scale demonstration at Leuven, Belgium: Energy Hub Progress.
Heathrow Winter Resilience Enquiry – Begg Report
Professor Begg has reported to BAA on why it took three days to clear Heathrow's second runway of ice in December 2010. See: Heathrow Snow Enquiry. How can a repeat be prevented?
De-icing Heathrow's second runway took three days in December 2010
Why did it take three days to clear Heathrow's second runway of ice in December 2010? See: De-icing Runways with IHT.
Tesco chooses IHT for Greenfield Supermarket
Tesco has chosen Interseasonal Heat Transfer as the sustainable heating and cooling source for its new supermarket in Greenfield and reduces carbon emissions by 41%. Tesco Greenfield Supermarket.
ICAX is invited to join major EU research project on Energy Hubs
The European Commission has allocated €11,660,000 to fund research into district heating and carbon free energy communities. Energy Hub Research.
Telford chooses IHT for Wellington Town Centre
On Wednesday 12 May 2010 the Mayor of Wellington celebrated the start of the £8.5 million town centre redevelopment with a symbolic cutting of the turf. Drilling has begun to create a Thermalbank in the ground to store solar energy for use in winter to heat the new building. Wellington Saves Energy.
Merton chooses IHT for its new Intergenerational Centre
The London Borough of Merton chooses Interseasonal Heat Transfer™ for its new Acacia Intergenerational Centre in Mitcham: Merton IGC. The first purpose built Intergenerational Centre in England opened in February 2010.
Suffolk chooses IHT for Suffolk One Sixth Form College
Suffolk County Council has chosen Interseasonal Heat Transfer™ for its new £65 million Sixth Form College in Ipswich: Suffolk One.
TRL reports on IHT ice clearing at Toddington
The Transport Research Laboratory has recently published a detailed report of its two year investigation into renewable energy generation within the highways network for the Highways Agency. The Toddington results report focuses on Interseasonal Heat Transfer which was invented, developed and patented by ICAX Limited of London.
Energy Savings Trust Heat Pump Field Trials
The Energy Savings Trust has published its long-awaited report on Heat Pumps Field Trials of domestic installations in the UK. The report covered retrofit installations and found that "Many systems appeared to be installed incorrectly". In these circumstances it is no surprise that the performance results were variable.
Royal Opening for Howe Dell School
The Duke of Gloucester praises eco-School as the best in the country for its use of IHT systems. Royal Opening.
Howe Dell School opens
Howe Dell School is the first building in the world to benefit from Interseasonal Heat Transfer designed by ICAX Limited. Howe Dell School opens.
ICAX Limited have issued a licence to Misawa Environmental Technology Co of Hiroshima in Japan to use the ICAX IHT™ technology for a single project, in anticipation of rolling out a number of future projects in building and infrastructure allocation. Misawa Licence.
BBC London News
On 12 September 2005 the ICAX IHT installation for the Highways Agency at Toddington was featured in a report on BBC London News by Louisa Preston and Andrew Wynn Stanley.
A revolutionary British invention that uses the surfaces of motorways to collect
and store energy for heating and cooling roads and buildings throughout the year began
official trials adjacent to the M1 near London in June 2005. British invention.
Renewable Heat Technologies
Asphalt Solar Collector
ICAX Limited developed the Asphalt Solar Collector as part of the ICAX Solar Road System for use in Interseasonal Heat Transfer. An Asphalt Solar Collector is an efficient means of collecting a large amount of warmth to raise the temperature of a ThermalBank from the natural temperature of the ground up to over 25°C. Asphalt Solar Collector.
Asphalt Heat Rejector
ICAX Limited also uses the asphalt heat collector as an asphalt heat rejector. For buildings with an overall need for cooling ICAX uses an asphalt heat rejector to radiate heat to the night sky and release heat from ThermalBanks to create a cold store in winter to provide natural cooling more cheaply in summer. Asphalt Heat Rejector.
ICAX uses Heat Recovery to extend the principles of Interseasonal Heat Transfer™ (of collecting free heat in summer for use in winter) to Intrabuilding Heat Transfer™ (to enable the sharing of heat within a building where there are simultaneous needs for heating and cooling). Heat Recovery.
Solar Road Systems
Revolutionary British Technology Promises a Double Whammy for Motorway Congestion and Global Warming by using IHT systems. Solar Road Systems.
Renewable Heat Incentive - RHI - Phase One
The Renewable Heat Incentive became active in December 2011. DECC provides financial incentives to encourage a twenty fold increase in the uptake of Renewable Heat by 2020 - so that Britain can meet its EU binding obligations. The most practical forms of Renewable Heat are Solar Thermal and Ground Source Energy. ICAX integrates both of these in Interseasonal Heat Transfer.
The Merton Rule
The Merton Council requires on site renewable energy before it grants planning permission. The Merton Rule. Most other local authorities now require at least 10% on site renewable energy too. When Merton decided to build its new Intergenerational Centre it examined its options for on-site renewable energy carefully and then chose Interseasonal Heat Transfer.
See also: TRL reports on Toddington results.
See also: Joined-up heating.