Clean energy solutions provider Erda Energy has launched a new service for tracking the carbon content of various heating technologies in the UK.

Besides providing weekly-updated analysis, the new service offers regular insight into the carbon content of the main current and future source of space heating using its own and third-party data.

Oxford University Department of Computer Science professor Alex Rogers said: “The calculation of carbon intensity is critical to the debate when it comes to making choices about our future energy mix.

"The calculation of carbon intensity is critical to the debate when it comes to making choices about our future energy mix."

“In power, those calculations are well established, are developing, and are helping to drive carbon reduction.  It’s great to see the emergence of these calculations in the heat sector – a sector which desperately needs decarbonisation and clarity on which technologies achieve that.”

According to Erda Energy, calculating the carbon content for heat is more complicated when compared with power generation, as there is no ‘National Grid for Gas’ and neither total demand nor supply can be accurately measured.

In order to address these challenges, the company makes use of live data from its own system, Elexon, and research by the Carbon Trust and Northern Gas Networks.

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Coaxial inclined borehole technology is used to connect the energies created in heating and cooling processes in the earth and in turn feeding the information back into a building in real time, or storing them for later use.

The resulting closed loop system provides heating, cooling and storage of energy in a better way.

Erda Energy managing director Kevin Stickney said: “The current low/no-carbon heating debate centres on the hydrogen versus electrification question. It’s an important debate but so far the one that has precious little hard data behind it.

“It’s not easy to do, but this new service is our contribution to a transparent conversation. The simple fact of the matter is, we have existing electric technologies today that offer a credible path to zero-carbon and we can’t afford to wait.”