Ecotec21 prepares Hampshire for 21st century
Monday, 11 March 2013
Hampshire County Council is bringing together international energy experts at Ashburton Hall, Winchester on 15 April to explore the benefits of 21st century approaches that combine energy production with energy distribution. These modern technologies have the potential to assure Hampshire's future energy needs, reduce its carbon footprint and cut energy costs for residents.
The all-day symposium - part of the European Ecotec21 project for which Hampshire County Council has received funds from 'INTERREG IV A' under the European Cross-Border Cooperation Programme - will examine how the use of Combined Heat and Power within a District Energy System can improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The delegates, from the UK and France, will include scientists, designers, architects, local and government authorities and energy facility managers. There will also be an opportunity to visit the University of Southampton in the afternoon to see how such an energy system has already helped to make huge energy and cost savings across their campus.
Combined Heat and Power is a modern energy production technology that captures what would otherwise be wasted heat from a power plant generating electricity. District Energy Systems are efficient and reliable ways to provide heating, hot water and electricity to local businesses, householders and local authorities, and distribute heat in the form of hot water via insulated, underground pipes to local buildings.
Councillor Mel Kendal, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council said:
"The government has recently recognised that District Energy Systems are a viable low carbon heat and electricity source for urban areas. Coupled with Combined Heat and Power generation they provide Hampshire's residents and businesses with a good opportunity to reduce their buildings' heating costs in the future.
"By hosting this symposium we will be able to bring many people together from very different sectors to exchange ideas and discover the best ways to develop and implement this technology. We will be able to develop in-house 'know-how' to investigate other energy-efficient processes which will put us in a strong position to start to tackle the future challenges posed by rising energy costs, so helping to ensure we can continue to deliver services to the residents and community of Hampshire."