In last month’s blog, we looked at Arena Island Bridge and the work that went into creating Bristol’s latest water crossing in a bit more detail. We also briefly mentioned the district heating pipes connected to the bridge, and this month we’d like to give a bit more detail about the heat network Bristol City Council is developing in the city. We asked Bristol City Council’s Energy Service team to give us the key facts.
What is a heat network?
Heat networks (sometimes referred to as district heating) are a network of underground pipes that supply heat to a number of buildings from a local energy centre. These networks can reduce the energy bills for a connected property, provide low-carbon energy to its occupants and reduce the need for each building to have its own fossil fuel boiler.
Where will Bristol’s heat network be?
Our new heat network is divided into different sections that cover areas across the city. The first and current section will feed directly into the Enterprise Zone, as well as bits of the city centre and Redcliffe. It will use the same infrastructure as the new ultrafast broadband that’s being installed in the area too. The map below shows the full span of the first phase of our network but we’re looking at how we can expand to other areas in the coming years. Watch this space!