London based ProHeat Systems has been announced as the winner of the Built Environment category in a global competition to recognise the best and the brightest engineering and technology innovations. The UK’s commitment to the EU 2030 Climate Targets has made it imperative for the UK energy networks to de-carbonise. In response to this demand, ProHeat has coordinated a multiparty initiative to develop an entirely new, fit-for-purpose preheating concept.
Preheaters are a vital part of the UK’s gas distribution network infrastructure – they are used to add heat to natural gas in pressure reduction stations (PRS) which prevent damage associated with freezing and ensure continuity of supply. There are over 400 sites in the UK approaching the end of their life, operating with poor efficiency and high maintenance costs. ProHeat provides an efficient, reliable and low maintenance preheater that directly replaces these aging assets, and has been designed to integrate easily with existing infrastructure.
By collaborating with customers and supply chain ProHeat’s engineering team has designed a new product that improves efficiency by combining the fundamentals of a robust modular design with the improved physics of a low pressure steam thermosiphon.
Earlier in the year, ProHeat Systems joined Northern Gas Networks as a partner in a groundbreaking £6.8M Network Innovation Competition, focused on improving preheater performance in UK gas networks. The study, supported by OFGEM’s Low Carbon Networks Fund, will be the first of its kind to benchmark preheater performance across four classes of technology. ProHeat has also gained recognition by winning the Best Energy Network Improvement at the UK Energy Innovation Awards.