D2Grids is a European funded project running from October 2018 to April 2022, involving multiple partners working together to develop and deliver low temperature heating and cooling technology solutions.
Approximately half of Europe’s total energy consumption comes from heating and cooling, however currently only 19.1% of this is generated from renewable energy sources. Governments are increasingly looking to phase out the gas infrastructure that currently dominates the market in favour of low carbon and renewable alternative energy sources.
Nottingham’s Energy Strategy (2010-2020) aims to expand its district heating provision by 73% from a 2010 baseline. NCC is one of the UK’s most experienced district heating network operators and the D2Grids pilot project is an exciting opportunity for Nottingham to utilise 5GDHC technology as a means of decarbonising Nottingham’s homes and businesses affordably.
As part of the wider project, Nottingham City Council has secured funding to deliver a city pilot scheme to facilitate the uptake of low carbon technologies, process and services in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The City Pilot seeks to:
- Establish whether it is feasible to utilise abandoned coalfields as a resource for hot and cold water storage to be supplied to local users on demand.
- Establish the basic infrastructure of a fifth generation system to supply approximately 60 Nottingham homes with zero carbon District Heating and Cooling.
The project is Project Managed by the Energy Projects Service, and involves working closely with Nottingham City Homes. NCC is participating alongside the Lead partner, Mijnwater based in the Netherlands as well as other partners from across North West Europe: Asper Investment Management Ltd, Clyde Gateway Developments Ltd, Open Universiteit, Ecotransfaire, Bureai de Recherches Geologiques et Minieres, Etablissement Public d’Amenagement Paris Saclay, Greenflex, Construction 21 France, Vlaaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek NV, FUW GmbH
The project is partly funded by Interreg North West Europe, with a total budget of €11.6 million. Of this budget, €1.4 million euros has been allocated to NCC for the duration of the project.