THERE are hopes that more properties could connect to the Lerwick districting heating scheme in the future, with a Scottish Government push to reduce emissions in homes and buildings likely to help the cause.
Neville Martin, working as a project consultant for operator Shetland Heat Energy & Power (SHEAP), told a meeting of Lerwick Community Council that a planned upgrade to the Energy Recovery Plant at Gremista could provide more power to the system – and potentially offer heat to the hundreds of new homes planned for Staney Hill.
He also said there could also be potential for heat pumps to be provide more power in the future, highlighting that sea water or sewage could be possible sources.
“We are still working on a few ideas,” Martin said.
The district heating scheme, operated by SHEAP, runs pipes all across the town, supplying water to heat homes, schools, retail and care homes. The first customer connection went live in 1998.
Over 1,200 customers are supplied through the network of over 30km of pipeline.
The heat is generated from the Energy Recovery Plant, which burns domestic and commercial rubbish from Shetland and Orkney, while there is also an oil-fired boiler station used to meet peak demand and for when the incinerator is on downtime.