District heat operators to share efficiency data for new project

Seven district heat network operators are joining forces to share data on the performance of their systems, as part of a Government-funded project run by Guru Systems.

Guru System’s heat network innovation project will see it use powerful machine learning algorithms to diagnose inefficiencies and propose measures to improve heat networks.

The competition run by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) saw nine companies share a £7 million fund as part of a drive to stimulate innovation and address cost and performance efficiency challenges on heat networks.

As part of this latest collaboration with operators, Guru Systems will allow them to visualise, share and use data from networks across the UK.

Casey Cole, Managing Director of Guru Systems, said: “As an industry we have made great strides in the innovation of heat networks and we hope our project will enable operators to benchmark their schemes and for designers and manufacturers to access data to improve their products.”

The Director of the Association for Decentralised Energy, Dr Tim Rotheray, added: “This kind of innovative industry collaboration is central to creating a more local, less wasteful energy system that works for the user.

“Access to high quality data is vital to making existing and future networks perform at their best to deliver the greatest reliability and value to customers.

“By feeding projects like this into best practice we can continue to raise industry standards and give district heating consumers even more peace of mind.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues