Pre-insulated pipe technology specialist Flexenergy has appointed Stacie Bentley as its new Business Development Manager for the Midlands.
He has more than 13 years’ experience in the renewables and environment industry and previously worked for Flexenergy as an area sales manager in 2010, before moving on to a national sales manager role with a specialist renewables distributor in 2014.
The benefits of polybutene pre-insulated and prefabricated Flexalen pipe technology are being showcased by Flexenergy at Ecobuild, which began today and runs until Thursday at ExCel London.
Flexenergy specialises in the supply and fabrication of pipe for heating, hot water and cooling systems and the company is the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland of Flexalen pipe technology, manufactured by Thermaflex.
The scheduled replacement of a heating system integral to a natural gas offtake in Wales has been delivered with a significant cost reduction thanks to an innovative design by Flexenergy and the off-site prefabrication of most of the pipework.
Flexenergy specialises in the supply and fabrication of pre-insulated pipe for heating, hot water and cooling systems and was called in by contractors Fowler Gas for technical, onsite support and assistance in replacing the heating main at Wales & West Utilities’ North Wales natural gas offtake in Wrexham. The use of heat exchangers warms the natural gas as it reaches the offtake so it can be effectively odourised and distributed to heat homes and power businesses right across North Wales.
Pre-insulated pipework from Flexenergy has been specified for a new business incubation initiative at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh.
The Higgs Centre for Innovation, due to open early this year, will be run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and apply business incubation best practice to big data and space technology, enabling start-ups to translate fundamental research into wider commercial impact.
District heating systems are growing in popularity
With more district heating systems being introduced in the UK, the BPF Pipes Group trade association has issued new guidance to promote best practice among design consultants, specifiers and installers.
Despite its growing popularity, the district heating concept is a relatively new one in the UK, comprising one or more central heat sources instead of individual boilers. By pumping hot water or steam through a network of pre-insulated underground pipes it delivers heat from the point of energy generation to the end user. Generating heat in one central plant can be more economical than production in multiple smaller ones (such as individual households), which is one of the reasons why district heating is growing in popularity in the UK.