Innovative Systems for the Delivery of Low-Temperature District Heating in Nottingham

Innovative Systems for the Delivery of Low-Temperature District Heating in Nottingham

  • Unit(s) of assessment: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
  • Research theme: Sustainable Futures
  • School: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment


Nottingham’s ambition as a “Smart City” is to reduce carbon emissions by 26%, and generate 20% of its energy requirements from renewable and low-carbon sources by 2020. Nottingham City Council aims to create a citywide heat network that will further enable the city to cope with climate change and build resilience to external energy price pressures.

To speed up the progress towards that 20% energy efficiency improvement, Nottingham needs to unlock the huge energy-saving potential in the built environment, and create a more energy-efficient district heating network.

Addressing the Challenge

An innovative local low-temperature district heating (LDTH) network is being developed in Nottingham, supported by the REMOURBAN project, part of the EU Horizon 2020 Smart City and Community Lighthouse scheme. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University are investigating the possibility to recycle unused heat from the city’s existing district heating system and use it to supply heating and hot water to 96 flats. The development is intended to make the system more efficient and more profitable. It will be the first time low-temperature heating has been used on such a scale in the UK.


Dr Anton Ianakiev is a Reader in Finite Element Modelling and teaches Introduction to Structures and Engineering Maths modules to undergraduate Civil Engineering students. Dr Ianakiev is jointly leading and developing two new courses; MSc Structural Engineering with Materials and MSc Structural Engineering with Management.

Dr Ianakiev's main research area is the application of Finite Element Modelling in analysis of structures and heat transfer and also the use of sustainable materials in structures and products.

This research is in line with the main research activities at NTU (School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment) to help Small to Medium Enterprises (SME’s) in the construction industry to become more competitive, produce higher quality products and reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, to better understand their manufacturing processes and use of materials.

Making a Difference

The LTDH development in Nottingham will be the first substantial scheme of its type in the UK. The project will improve the quality of life for residents, who will benefit from an improved internal climate with faster heating response times, a higher level of comfort thanks to a more even temperature distribution, and a reduced need for maintenance.

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