Heat networks offer ready-made solution for Scotland

By District Energy posted 11-14-2019 10:09


The Inverness Courier


A new study showing that existing renewable technology could be used to heat more than 450,000 homes in Scotland by 2030 has been published.

The research, commissioned by industry body Scottish Renewables, found 46 potential heat network projects across Scotland’s seven cities.

The networks would initially serve 45,000 homes but Scottish Renewables says that number could grow ten-fold by 2030, with the right Scottish Government support.

The industry body is calling on the Scottish Government to back the technology in its Heat Networks Bill, arguing that it has the potential to cut emissions from heat by 10 per cent and help tackle the climate emergency.

Heat networks deliver heat collected from sources as diverse as incinerators, rivers and sewers to buildings via a network of pipes underground. The technology is well established in other countries including Denmark, where the city of Copenhagen is entirely heated this way.

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