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Decentralised Energy Awards 2022 Shortlist - Special Award for Contribution to Net Zero

24 May 2022

This year we are presenting a Special Award for Contribution to Net Zero. This award celebrates projects that help the energy system – and energy users – as we strive towards net zero. We are delighted to announce the shortlist for this award below.

Brent Cross Town

Vattenfall Heat UK

Brent Cross Town’s district heating system will serve over 6,000 residential dwellings and more than 400,000 m2 of commercial spaces. Vattenfall and Related Argent have contractually committed to a maximum carbon content of the heat supplied and to regularly redesign the network to make it Net Zero carbon by 2030.


Queens Quay WSHP

Vital Energi

The Queens Quay WSHP project is a UK first which will serve 1,200 homes, and public buildings, providing low carbon heat from the River Clyde. The custom-built energy centre houses two 2.65MW WSHPs and a thermal store. The project will eventually deliver 5,705 tonnes of CO2 reduction and is a great example of the decarbonisation, digitalisation and electrification of heat.



Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE)

THERMOS (Thermal Energy Resource Modelling and Optimisation System) is a free, state of the art, tool that helps planners and councils design low carbon, cost effective heating and cooling networks. This unique, open-source modelling tool, designed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), is revolutionising how opportunities for district heating networks are identified and evaluated.


Fenland Greenhouse

Clarke Energy

One of the worlds most advanced greenhouses, funded by Greencoat Renewables and designed / constructed by AGR and Clarke Energy. The £86m project employs 7.2MW LED lighting, 33MWth open-loop heat-pumps, and a 9MW quad-generation plant with 100% CO2 recovery. The state-of-the-art greenhouse will grow 10% of the UK’s cucumbers, reducing imports and so reducing the food sector’s carbon emissions.


Project Dino - Domestic Infrastructure and Network Optimisation

Evergreen Smart Power

To aid the UK in reaching net zero by 2050, the UK’s transport and heating will have to become more electrified. But with the increased electrical demand can our local LV networks handle the strain? Project DINO sets out to solve this by creating an AI platform that bridges the local LV assets and domestic loads, to create balance.


Intelligent Octopus

Octopus Energy + Kraken Flex

Intelligent Octopus empowers EV owners to drive decarbonisation by providing low cost, highly responsive and rapidly deployable grid flexibility. We have worked tirelessly to create a customer proposition which is comprehensible yet informing, fully integrated yet seamless all whilst participating in advanced market applications. Ultimately, transforming EVs from a strain on the grid to one of its most powerful resources.


Bedford College low carbon upgrades

Salix Finance

Bedford College harness the power of the Ouse River as a result of Phase 1 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to reduce heating and energy costs with £2.8 million grant.


Swansea Bay University Health Board RE:FIT Projects

Vital Energi

Swansea Bay University Health Board (SHUHB)  multi-phase RE:FIT project which has pioneered an innovative blend of renewable energy generation and energy conservation measures including the creation of the UK’s first solar farm dedicated to supplying an NHS hospital. The primary focus of the project was to deliver substantial and rapid decarbonisation to help the health board meet their net zero commitments. 


Southwark Heat Pumps

Vital Energi

Vital Energi is working in partnership with Southwark Council to decarbonise their existing gas fired heat networks, across three local estates benefitting over 2,000 properties with a lower carbon heat supply. Saving 3,362 tonnes of carbon a year, this is the first time water source heat pumps have been retrofitted within an existing high temperature heat network in London.


Leeds PIPES Energy from Waste District Heating Project

Vital Energi / Leeds City Council / Ener-Vate

The Leeds PIPES heat network is a landmark project which has demonstrated how towns and cities can generate rapid carbon reduction.  The scheme has already seen 26.5km of district heating installed, connecting 1,983 homes and 7 civic buildings with more connections imminent. The project utilises waste heat from the local EfW plant, will account for 16,256 tonnes of CO2 reduction per year & alleviate fuel poverty.


The Decentralised Energy Awards

The Association for Decentralised Energy's annual awards are the leading and most prestigious awards for those involved in decentralised energy, recognising and celebrating the people and projects which have developed innovative decentralised energy solutions designed around the needs of the user. 

The awards showcase innovation, best practice and achievements across heat, efficiency, power and flexibility. The winners will be announced at the ADE’s annual gala dinner, hosted at the stunning Hurlingham Club in central London on Wednesday 15th June. We’re so pleased we’ll be able to meet in person again to celebrate the sector’s success! 

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