District heating pipework specialist REHAU has appointed a new Applications Engineer to help cope with demand from local authorities now carrying out district heating feasibility studies.
Markus Euring, an expert on diversity and heat network design, has relocated to the UK from REHAU’s headquarters in Germany partly to provide support to those authorities who are using newly acquired Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU) funding to finance the studies.
Steve Richmond, REHAU’s Business Team Manager responsible for renewable energy solutions, says: “The HNDU funding is encouraging a widespread review of district heating feasibility which we warmly welcome.
“However, it’s important that these studies take into account the very latest advances in terms of product specification and best practice in network design and that’s where Markus will come in, drawing on his extensive experience in the more established German district heating market.
“We know that diversity is key in determining feasibility as is optimising pipework sizes and maximising the delta T (difference in flow/return temperatures); and Markus is joining our team here to provide existing and potential customers with expert advice in these key areas.”
REHAU is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of polymer district heating pipework in the UK. It supplies both RAUVITHERM and RAUTHERMEX pre-insulated PE-Xa pipe, made in accordance with EN15632. The company has recently introduced a 140mm version of its RAUTHERMEX pipe which can accommodate 1.5MW at 80/60ºC flow and return temperatures. This is already proving cost effective for contractors as an alternative to steel pipework because of the optimised sizing and the fact that it is supplied on a continuous 70m coil with fewer requirements for jointing.
The company works closely with designers and contractors to assist in the design of everything from complete district heating schemes to simple ‘A to B’ pipe layouts.