Years Active: 2009-2014


This project investigated the reasons for the lack of take-up in the UK of renewable heat, particularly for district heating and biomass fed CHP, and identified how deployment can be accelerated.

Interconnected heat networks could allow a diversity of heat loads to be exploited. The CGEN model was developed to allow analysis and simulation of renewable heat systems including biomass fed CHP systems and larger solar thermal systems. The project investigated the necessary changes to policy and regulatory mechanisms, including market rules and incentives.

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