Glenrothes Energy Network: Residents

This is not Glenrothes’ first district heating scheme and many residents may be wondering, ‘will Glenrothes Heat be any better?’ YES! Technology has developed in such a way that we believe there’s potential for a cost effective community heating system in Glenrothes. Modern community heating schemes are as flexible and controllable as domestic gas boiler systems. Customers will notice lower costs for heating and hot water.

At each customer’s building, the district heating pipe network is connected to the heating system through an interface unit containing plate heat exchangers. This means that the heating system within each property is separated from the wider district heating underground network.

For domestic customers, normally a heat interface unit (HIU) is installed. This is usually a wall mounted unit roughly the size of as a gas boiler, and works in exactly the same way, providing heat on demand to radiators (or under floor heating). Most units also provide instantaneous hot water similar to that of a combi boiler.

Heat charging

Most networks charge customers per unit (kWh) of heat used, recorded by a heat meter located in or near the interface; often with heat meters linked back to a central hub so that meter reading and billing can be carried out automatically.

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