Kayla Ente, Founder, Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative
De-carbonisation of heating lags behind the de-carbonisation of other forms of energy, and yet represents 50% of energy use and 37% of emissions. Currently, 90% of domestic heating is achieved through home gas boilers. To achieve the aims set forward in the Paris Climate Agreement, we need to transition away from natural gas-based heating and explore other technologies.
Debate remains over the best way of achieving this. Front runners include electrification through district heating and heat pumps, or greening the gas network with biomethane or hydrogen, both of which come with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Kayla Ente from the Brighton and Hove Energy Services Cooperative in Southern England will tell the story of their own journey towards decarbonising heat, and review the various technologies that BHESCo has installed to decarbonise heating in commercial properties. Some of them are quite innovative, like the SunAmp. Other technologies to be discussed are: heat networks using biomass, air conditioning, infrared heating panels, heat pumps and finally heat networks and decarbonisation of villages.