Our current projects
Cardiff Council is involved in a European funded Horizon 2020 project that is working to design and demonstrate a new building cladding system that maximises energy harvesting from renewable resources and reduces energy.
The project aims to understand the hour-by-hour energy use and the air conditions inside the properties, before installing the new cladding system, and after. Cardiff Council is installing a wide range of sensors inside properties to record this information such as Raspberry Pi, weather stations, temperature and humidity sensors.
A heat network is a distribution system of underground, insulated pipes that takes heat from a central source and delivers it to connected buildings therefore reducing their reliance on fossil fuels for heat. The heat source is often a facility that provides a dedicated heat supply to the network, such as a combined heat and power plant. Other potential heat sources include waste heat recovered from industry and urban infrastructure, heat generated at energy from waste plants, and heat harvested from natural resources such as canals, rivers and underground water sources. Heat Networks can reduce reliance on fossil fuels for the heating of buildings and so form an important part of Government plans to reduce carbon and cut heating bills for customers.
The Council’s Capital Ambitions document commits the Council to develop sustainable heat network proposals for the City. This ambition relates to our climate change and carbon reduction commitments, especially the more recent WG target for all public sector organisations in Wales to be carbon neutral by 2030. The development of a successful heat network would also provide an opportunity to create a major new localised economic activity in the city as well as helping to develop Cardiff’s position as a forward thinking, low carbon business destination.
The Council’s long term, strategic objectives can therefore be summarised as to:
The Council’s capped landfill site at Lamby Way has for some time been considered to be a suitable location for a large scale solar farm which could: