Over the next decade the UK will need transformational change to local energy systems and network infrastructure.
To help tackle this, the Energy Technologies Institute’s Smart Systems and Heat programme has developed an advanced local area energy planning tool – EnergyPath Networks.
EnergyPath Networks enables the gathering and analysis of a wide range of data to create a representation of all energy demand and supply for a local area. It maps the impact of future growth on local energy systems and develops pathways for a cost-effective low carbon energy transition taking into account:
- Building fabric insulation
- Heat conversion and storage at a network and building level
- Gas, electricity, heat and other distribution network installation, upgrade, maintenance or decommissioning.
This can enable the unique characteristics and priorities of different local areas to be considered in the context of impacts on the whole energy system and enable the planning and design of cost-effective local energy systems for the UK.