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12 May 2017

Scottish Sewers to Generate Heat in New Project


The Scottish Government have provided £43 million to fund a new energy saving scheme across the country. The plan is to generate heat from the country’s sewage systems, to ultimately warm public buildings such as Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, a Campbeltown leisure centre and public library and a leisure centre in Orkney. The heat will also be used for a new district heating scheme at the Clyde Gateway regeneration project in Glasgow.

The funding is expected to be matched by public and private sector partners in a bid to secure decarbonisation of Scotland’s energy system; a positive step towards reducing the harmful effects of global warming.

The government funding goes to the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), which is a partnership between the Government and organisations the Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland.

Shared between 13 projects across the country, the sewage waters will be heated by heat pumps similar to those used in showers and household appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.

Announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the All Energy Conference in Glasgow, she comments:  “These projects have great potential to help us tackle climate change, and remain at the forefront of low-carbon and renewable innovation.

“They will also bring economic benefits in terms of savings and jobs to local areas across the country.

“Scotland has some of the most ambitious emissions reduction targets in the world.

 “We are determined to build on this success.”

Along with sewers being heating across the country, £3.5 million of the funding is going to Star Renewable Energy towards installing pioneering heat pump technology into the river Clyde, to again provide eco-friendly heat to buildings.

Director Dave Pearson said “The programme is providing excellent support in placing a high-temperature river heat pump – the largest in the UK – at the Clyde to supply clean, low-carbon heat to buildings in the Gorbals, helping us to collectively work to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in Scotland”.


Laura Sewell

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