Schoolchildren plant trees as part of district heating project

Primary school students in Glasgow, Scotland have joined in a district heating project by planting replacement trees during construction work.

The students from St Mungo’s Primary planted 21 fruit trees as part of works to install a heat pipe network for the University of Strathclyde’s £20m ($27m) combined heat and power (CHP)-based district heating system.

The system, part-funded by the Scottish Funding Council, will see a new 3.3 MWe CHP engine and 24 MW of boiler plant, located in a new Energy Centre, deliver heating and electricity via 2000 metres of pipes and over 1000 metres of cable.

The system is part of the university’s plan to invest £650m in its campus infrastructure over ten years. It is expected to reduce the university’s CO2 emissions by 4500 tonnes and save £2m per year.

Project developer Vital Energi said the network will be expandable in future.

Roddy Yarr, the university’s assistant director of estates services, said the district heating system “is a major investment for the University and will significantly reduce the environmental impact of our campus.

“We’re over half-way through the project now so we were delighted to welcome the school children from St Mungo's to help us not only to replace some of the trees lost due to the works but also plant new ones, which as well as improving the local environment will also provide food to local community projects.”

The district heating system is planned to come online at the end of October 2018.

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