Scottish projects to benefit from water-based heating scheme

Three schemes in Scotland involving the use of pumps to extract heat from water are set to share £1.75 million in government funding.

The projects, in Shetland, Clydebank and Glasgow, will use innovative technology to heat homes and businesses from the sea and river water, cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions.

A total of £1.6 million went to a scheme to heat 225 homes in Lerwick, Shetland, by pumping water from the North Sea, while a project to use water from the Clyde to create a district heating network at Queens Quay on the site of the former John Brown shipyard in Clydebank was awarded £75,000.
Fergus Ewing
Shetland is set to have a sea-water source pump scheme, allowing more households to join its district heating network.

Funding of £75,000 will be provided for the University of Glasgow Western Campus to develop an investment grade proposal to install a water source heat pump in the River Kelvin to ensure the existing district heating network can service new buildings planned for the site of the former Western Infirmary hospital.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing made the announcement at the Scottish Renewables annual conference in Edinburgh.

He said: “Supporting the development of district heating and wider low carbon technologies will help maximise the economic opportunities from Scotland’s low carbon sector.

“Heat is estimated to account for over half of Scotland’s total energy use and is responsible for nearly half of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, so the imperative to take action is very clear.

“Continued growth in the number of homes and businesses benefitting from connecting to low carbon, affordable warmth provided by district heating networks helps the Scottish Government towards realising our ambition to increase the number of connections to district heating networks by 2020.”

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