Vital Energi Embrace Lower Carbon Technology in First for UK

Vital Energi are delighted to be installing a new, lower-carbon type of district heating pipework on the Ebbw Vale heat network in a UK first.

All district heating has a protective outer coating to ensure longevity once it is buried underground, but on a new product called isonext, the outer casing is made from waste and remains of vegetable oil, refining processes or used cooking oil which is collected from industrial companies and restaurants.

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The product is being installed as a 113-metre extension on the larger 4km Ebbw Vale heat network.  The Ebbw Vale heat network is operated by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and takes heat from a centralised energy centre and supplies space heating and hot water to a number of buildings including council offices, Ebbw Vale Sports Centre, Ebbw Fawr Phase School and Gwent Archive Building.  The extension will connect the National Digital Exploitation Centre.

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We don’t just think about the carbon saved from energy generation. We’re constantly looking at ways to lower the emissions from our products, services and operations, and this is a great step forwards for district heating as it lowers the embodied carbon in the pipework, is recyclable, but does not reduce quality of longevity of the product. We want to have the lowest environmental impact possible when delivering heat network schemes and by harnessing natural products in the creation of the pipework, rather than creating fossil fuel-based materials, we’re helping our clients take another step on their net-zero journey”

Ashley Walsh, Vital Energi - Managing Director Heat Networks
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Isonext Is produced by Danish manufacturers isoplus who claim that the new way of manufacturing their polyethylene outer coating saves 1.9 tonnes of C02 for every 1 tonne of material produced, has International Sustainability and Carbon Certification and complies fully with EN 253 standards.

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