Wrexham Glynwdr University’s district heat network
Aberla’s RIC supported the design of a district heat network spanning across Wrexham Glyndwr University’s main campus, generating an innovative mix of technologies to power the site.
Similar to the University of Cumbria scheme, members of Aberla’s research team provided support by identifying innovative revenue streams, understanding the potential uses of alternative fuel technologies and highlighting areas of further integration between the proposed heat network and local stakeholders.
Wrexham Glyndwr University’s Smart Energy Grid includes a district heat network spanning across the main campus, connecting student accommodation, classrooms and lecture halls. Key technologies analysed included both gas and biomass combined heat and power, roof and carport solar PV, air source heat pumps and back-up gas boilers.
District heat networks are designed to distribute energy generated in a centralised location through a system of insulated pipes. In this scheme, energy would be generated through the technologies analysed by Aberla’s RIC, before being distributed across the University campus.
Aberla’s research and development function analysed the effectiveness of each technology, as the specific temperature of the hot water passing through the network changed depending on the technology mix.
Aberla’s research function also analysed current trends in the sector, such as the upcoming changes to the balancing mechanism proposed in the P375 code amendments, to understand the potential for installed technologies to interact with the national grid, providing flexibility from behind the meter.
The Aberla RIC supported the creation of initial technical and financial feasibility studies, aided revenue modelling and provided analysis of industry trends, resulting in an innovative mix of technologies being presented to the client with potential for development.