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Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Topic: heating, eco controls, Efficiency, Domestic hot water, atBOS, Direct electric heating, Automation

Direct electric space and water heating can replace the need for ‘wet’ central heating in a well-insulated flat. Fast-response heaters automated by a control system are inexpensive to install, avoid the overheating risk inherent to wet heating, and meet or exceed the efficiency of electricity augmented by...

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Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Apartment innovations 3: hydrogen in the gas main

Topic: heating, Infrastructure, Natural gas, Domestic hot water, Hydrogen

The British government’s hydrogen strategy calls for a massive expansion in hydrogen production and evaluation of whether it can replace natural gas as the major energy source in the building sector. However, the available evidence suggests that the infrastructural investment would be better directed toward...

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Apartment innovations 3: hydrogen in the gas main

Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, ASHP, Direct electric

Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are widely promoted as a source of low-cost, low-carbon space and water heating. However, a model of ASHP-powered heating in London shows that they compare unfavourably to heating derived directly from mains electricity, especially when compared to real-world data from flats using...

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Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Apartment innovations 1: fifth generation heat networks

Topic: heating, District heating, heat network, Net zero, Domestic hot water, Low temperature heat network, Fifth generation, 5th generation, Regulation

Fifth-generation heat network technology uses disseminated energy sources and low flow temperatures, enabling utilisation of multiple waste heat sources and limiting heat energy lost from piping. It may make heat networks efficient enough for some apartment blocks although heat networks need to be regulated to...

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Apartment innovations 1: fifth generation heat networks