Smart metering firm Guru Systems’ proposal for a web-based tool to analyse network performance data has made it through to the first round of the Government competition, which will see the company conduct feasibility studies.


The technology would significantly reduce the risk of costly inefficiencies on heat networks. These networks are becoming increasingly popular as planning departments promote an ‘eco-first’ approach to new developments.


Casey Cole, Managing Director of Guru Systems, said: “The tool will allow heat network operators to better understand and improve efficiency on their own systems, without leaving their desk and without the need for expensive consultants.


Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: “This competition is all about supporting innovation and progress in the heat industry so we can heat more homes across the UK for less, while at the same time improve energy efficiency and cut the UK’s carbon emissions.


“More support for local heating projects will also give jobs in the sector a huge boost, with the value of the district and heat network market expected to rise to around £530 million this year.”


DECC hopes the competition will help to stimulate innovation in heat network technologies and bring the UK a step closer to generating 14% of demand through that method by 2030, while reducing carbon emissions and cutting bills for consumers.