Great Britain

West Cumbria - West Cumbria Energy Compass

Client: Britain's Energy Coast West Cumbria

The West Cumbria Energy project was initiated by Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) appointing Bizcat for the study to which Westlakes Energy and BRE were subcontracted. BEC was aiming for a regional development plan driven by sustainable energy systems and a roadmap for activities in the coming 15 years.

The study, called the West Cumbria Energy Compass, showed a variety of local energy solutions addressing technical, economical, environmental and social challenges. The best opportunities are in District Energy development utilising industrial waste heat (Workington), geothermal (Whitehaven) and biomass. Both Allerdale and Copeland Borough Councils are in the process of detailed feasibility studies and implementation. Bizcat has been appointed principal contractor of the Allerdale project.

Lee Carr, Project Manager, phone +44 (1900) 65656, email:

Swindon UK - District Energy Master Plan

Client: Swindon Borough Council

The Council was looking for District Energy opportunities in three development areas using excess heat from small waste pyrolysis plants. Bizcat suggested a city-wide study approach to identify the best District Energy options and a phased development which the City accepted.

Bizcat provided a phased strategy for District Energy development including long term vision, medium term options, short term solutions and start-up recommendations. The Council has implemented the recommendations in the City's sustainability strategy framework and the recommended start-up scheme in City Centre is being realised.

Client comment:

From a client perspective, a collaborative approach is certainly more demanding in terms of time, however, this is heavily outweighed by the benefits around a sense of ownership of the results of the study, and also around the expertise transferred to the client organization. I would also say that the approach also demands an engaging and flexible approach from the consultant's side which Bizcat has demonstrated exceptionally. Their openness and appetite to work with a wide range of stakeholders and attend wider workshop sessions was key to the success of the project.

We are very pleased with the outcome of the study, particularly in terms of the bespoken outputs we asked for. Bizcat's willingness to work with Swindon Borough Council and current work streams was a major success and this is evident in the results.

We have very much benefited from the experience of working with Bizcat and would have no hesitation recommending them for work in UK. Should the opportunity arise, we would be happy to work with Bizcat again in the future.

Stephen Cains, Senior Planner, phone: +44 7769 281794, email:

Swansea - District Energy Master Plan

Client: City and County of Swansea

The Council wanted to understand whether a District Energy system in City Centre was a viable solution or not. Bizcat, in collaboration with BRE Wales, suggested a city-wide Master Plan study, which was agreed. The study outcome shows a huge future potential for piping industrial waste heat from Port Talbot. The start-up recommendation of connecting Civic Centre and Waterfront Museum to the Leisure Centre heating plant to utilise the excess capacity in existing gas CHP, biomass and gas boilers is the going to be implemented.

Client comment:

The results presented in the study have been helpful in setting out a strategy for the development of district energy in Swansea. The concept of a long term vision coupled with an outline expansion strategy gives the Council knowledge and a sense of direction of what is needed to develop a district heating scheme in the City Centre. The technical and financial assessments are useful.

Working with Bizcat was refreshing and informative. Their planning and organization of the project was excellent and the information provided will be very useful for the Council when preparing the next stages in developing a district heating scheme in Swansea. Bizcat added real value to the project and the project exceeded our initial expectations.

Tanya Nash, Sustainable Development Manager,

Phone: +44 1792 636 000, email:

Neath Port Talbot - District Energy Master Plan

Client: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Having a vast amount of industrial waste heat, the Council wanted to investigate the District Energy potential. The Master Plan study, conducted by Bizcat and BRE Wales, covered the entire borough, but the District Energy opportunities are in Port Talbot.

The study provided a phased start-up and expansion strategy utilising excess heat capacities and recovered industrial waste heat. In addition a ‘Swansea Bay’ District Energy concept was presented combining Port Talbot and Swansea in a joint District Energy system based on industrial waste heat.

Gareth Nutt, Head of Property Regeneration, phone: +44 163 968 6370, email:


Claremont NH - District Energy Feasibility Study

Client: HotZero LLC

Claremont is a New Hampshire town suffering from increased fuel prices and lack of piped gas. HotZero is planning for a District Energy system to improve local economy and future optimism. The Council is a strong supporter of the District Energy plans.

Bizcat was appointed to make a town-wise District Energy Feasibility study and the outcome shows a viable solution in the town centre and southwards along Broad Street. HotZero is planning for construction works to start as soon as the funding is being raised.

Mike Jesanis, HotZero LLC, Phone, +1 508 3288678, email:

Keene NH - District Energy Feasibility Study

Keene is a prosperous New Hampshire town facing expansion restrictions due to particle emissions. The town has no piped gas and dependent on expensive trucked oil and propane.

HotZero has identified District Energy to be an energy solution for Keene, using local biomass fuels in highly efficient and clean boilers. Being a potential key client Keene State College is planning for replacing heavy oil for a better heat supply option. The town Centre forms a promising heat load and the Council is supporting HotZero’s plans.

Based on the Feasibility study HotZero is raising funding for a District Energy system construction.

Mike Jesanis, HotZero LLC, Phone +1 508 3288678, email:


City of Surrey BC - District Energy Pre-Feasibility Study

Client: City of Surrey

Bizcat was appointed to make a Feasibility study in South Surrey and to provide District Energy Advisory Support regarding the City Centre development. The long term vision, medium term options, short term solutions and start-up recommendation in South Surrey became a part of a city wide study. Based on Bizcat’s recommendations the City exchanged its original low temperature City Centre plans for a more sustainable hot water system using biomass and future option of waste incineration.

City of Surrey has formed a Council owned DE utility (2011) which will be managing the implementation and expansion of DE.

Client comment:

Through our collaboration, the City feels very confident in the level of expertise pro­vided by Bizcat. The City is satisfied with the results and recommendations provided as part of our Grandview Heights and Campbell Heights District Energy Prefeasibility Study, and the City has significant increased its knowledge base.

In addition to our collaboration on this project, we have found it beneficial to include Bizcat on another district energy study for our City Centre, and we have recognized the need to have Bizcat undertake another assignment in the near future given their significant inter­national experience.

Jeff Arason, Manager Utilities, phone +1 604 591 4367, email:

New Zealand

Christchurch - District Energy Feasibility Study

Client: Christchurch Agency for Energy (CAfE)

Bizcat won the international tender for the technical District Energy feasibility study after the severe earthquake damages to the City Centre. Being the principal consultant Bizcat appointed Aurecon (NZ engineering consultant) and FVB (Swedish engineering consultant) to the project team. The technical system phasing and start-up solutions presented by Bizcat were the critical issues making the system investment viable, according to KPMG.

Client comment:

The technical study involved the development of a phased model to implement a scheme which can be expanded as the CBD rebuild progresses. It is envisaged that the scheme would use mostly renewable fuels. The Investment and Ownership report notes that based on this phased approach the project can be commercially successful.

CAfE acting CEO Merv Altments says, "We were pleased to get the crucial feasibility work done by the end of 2011. The study will provide valuable input for consideration of whether such a scheme can be undertaken here as part of the Christchurch rebuild. The study indicates that a phased approach in the central city with possible extensions over time are practical and viable. CAfE is in the process of preparing an implementation plan, with a view to passing the work to an organisation that can develop and build a District Energy Scheme in Christchurch".

In March 2014 the council's environment committee voted unanimously to support the District Energy System (DES) project and contribute starting funds. In April the council formally signed an alliance with international partner Cofely-GDF SUEZ/Cowley Services and local partner Pioneer-EFI to deliver a District Energy system as an integral part of the central city rebuild.

Client press release 14 April 2014:

Christchurch City Council (CCC), the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), Christchurch City Holdings Ltd (CCHL) and Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) have formally signed an alliance with international partner Cofely-GDF SUEZ/Cowley Services and local partner Pioneer-EFI, to deliver a district energy system (DES) as an integral part of the central city rebuild. The alliance was signed on Friday 11 April. In March the council's environment committee voted unanimously to support the project and contribute starting funds towards the project.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the DES would make an important contribution towards Christchurch becoming a clean, green, resilient and future-proofed 21st century city. "The DES would benefit the whole community and is another example of the opportunities for 'betterment' of our city's infrastructure when rebuilding after a disaster. This Council is committed to identifying and following up such opportunities to improve the quality of life in our city."

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive, Roger Sutton, has welcomed the signing of the DES alliance saying it positions Christchurch as a leader in innovation and energy efficiency in New Zealand and will help attract businesses seeking to establish a presence in the rebuilt CBD.