Guru Systems working on optimisation of heat networks

Cleantech startup Guru Systems are working on making Britain’s district heating networks more efficient having received funding for this role by the government.

The New Statesman reports that by 2025, one quarter of all London properties are expected to be using district heating, largely because developers have to prove they’re providing low-carbon heating.
Heat network
Guru Systems won the funding on the basis of their expertise in using open data, which the government hopes can see the country’s heat networks being optimised.

Using the metering and monitoring technology in their networks, the company identified inefficiencies that, if addressed, could save the energy market 800,000 tonnes of CO2 – and £400 million – over 10 years.

“The majority of the £400 million in projected savings comes from a reduction in the over-sizing of networks as well as increased fuel efficiency across the lifetime of these new systems,” Casey Cole, MD of Guru Systems, told New Statesman. “Designers currently use an outdated model to calculate the most amount of heat needed at any one time and this has led to networks being drastically oversized to meet demand they will never actually experience.”

Guru has now created a web-based platform called Pinpoint that displays network performance in real-time and works with a machine-learning algorithm to improve it. It can pinpoint a problem down to the specific house in the network and also suggest cost savings that could be made by tweaking the system.

The data from the initial project has also been opened up by Guru for housing developers to use, which it believes could save 30 per cent on the build cost of the network. Residents involved in the pilot saw their energy tariff almost  halved from 7.7p to 3.8p per kWh.

The government is currently conducting a consultation on heat networks and is set to invest £320 million into the development of these projects.



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