Feasibility studies are essential when considering a new or replacement district heating scheme, as there are so many variables that need to be considered.
NIFES have carried out numerous studies as well as successfully designed many district heating schemes throughout the UK, this means that our studies are reliable and well-considered, not just technically, but also practically and commercially.
NIFES have experience of steam, high, medium and low-pressure systems, on many occasions, the new district heating scheme will include the study to look at new centralised energy centre plant, along with the various node points on the system.
In addition to the feasibility aspects of district heating, NIFES have the capability and experience to provide network and node analysis, we can model hydraulic flows, either using theoretical assessments or measurements using ultra-sonic flow measuring equipment.
The feasibility study of the installation of a district heating scheme will, therefore, assess the options that are available to an organisation including the technical aspects of location and physical connection to the buildings, as well as the commercial considerations, such as capital costs, savings and payback periods.
In addition to this, there is also a requirement to consider other benefits that may be gained through a new CHP installation, such as energy conservation, the ability to apply centralised efficient technologies and accurate metering.
Dependant on the option considered, NIFES report introduces and describes the most appropriate technologies that are available for the location and consider what is suitable to match the building loads, looking in detail at how they would interface with the buildings and the commercial benefits of the options. In addition to this, we will also consider planning, procurement and contractual options including the operation and maintenance of the system.
The results of which are produced in a report along with an indicative estimate of the likely savings and costs of the installation, based on proven, available systems.
If the project is viable and investment is considered, then following the feasibility study, NIFES can support the planning process, then design, specify and project manage the installation to completion.