Ground-breaking Scottish district heating project wins European Heat Pump City of the Year Award

West Dunbartonshire Council, Vital Energi and Star Renewable Energy have won a major European award for their groundbreaking district heating project to provide low carbon heating and hot water to buildings on Queens Quay in Clydebank

CLYDEBANK, Scotland (PRWEB) October 02, 2021

Star Renewable Energy supplied the heat pumps for the Queens Quay district heating system in Clydebank, which was awarded a top award by the European Heat Pump Association (EHPA). EHPA’s annual Heat Pump Awards are now in their eleventh year, honoring the most efficient, intelligent and sustainable heat pump projects across Europe.

The largest project of its kind in Great Britain, the Queen’s Quay district heating system, was named “European Heat Pump City of the Year” at the EHPA Awards 2021. The Scottish Government backed project saw Star Refrigerations renewable company Star Renewable Energy, along with West Dunbartonshire Council and Vital Energi, to supply the UK’s first industrial water heat pump.

Councilor Iain McLaren, Chair of the Council’s Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development Committee, said, “This is a great achievement and I would like to congratulate the team on this recognition which shows that we are truly leading the way.

“This system is the first of its kind in Scotland and I am proud that West Dunbartonshire is using this natural energy resource not only to meet our net zero targets, but also to support residents and reduce energy poverty to eliminate.”

Star developed the heat pumps for the award-winning district heating system as part of the £ 250 million Queens Quay regeneration project. The water heat pump will provide around 1,200 new households and businesses in the region with low-carbon heating and hot water.

Dave Pearson, Star Refrigeration’s Group Sustainable Development Director, said, “Water heat pumps have been in use in mainland Europe for several years, but the Queen’s Quay program is the UK’s first large-scale high temperature heat pump.”

“We are delighted that the Queen’s Quay heat pump project has been recognized as a trailblazer in providing low carbon district heating. The main objective of West Dunbartonshire Council was to invest in technology that would provide more affordable heating and hot water for the community’s businesses and residents, “while keeping CO2 emissions to a minimum”.

The heat pump system uses advanced renewable energy technology to extract cold water from the River Clyde at a rate of 125 liters per second. Two 2.65 MW industrial heat pumps use ammonia as a working fluid to take the ambient heat of the river water (usually between 6-12 ° C) and bring it up to 80 ° C. Hot water for heating residential and commercial buildings in the 23-hectare showcase project is then provided via a 2.5 km pipe network.

Scott Lutton, Operations Director at Vital Energi, said: “We are delighted for West Dunbartonshire Council and the entire team to win this award. It is a really great achievement to have water heat pumps and heating systems at the forefront of the path to net zero. The Working with West Dunbartonshire Council shows how effective these partnerships can be and we look forward to expanding the network further. ”

On September 29, 2021, the EHPA’s Heat Pump Award Ceremony took place at Gare Maritime in Brussels, where five outstanding initiatives were honored. In addition to the Heat Pump Forum 2021, key players in the heating and cooling industry discussed green heat recovery, decarbonisation and a climate-neutral Europe.

Dave Pearson added, “Using water as a renewable energy source for heating has a long list of advantages over burning fossil fuels. Starting in 2025, gas heating for new homes will be banned nationwide, which means property developers and local authorities will have to start exploring low-carbon options. “

“The challenge is greater, however, as all existing buildings also need to be decarbonised. Industrial water heat pumps can transform the way the UK produces low carbon heat. All buildings (new or old) that are connected to a renewable heating network like that of Clydebank achieve about 80% lower emissions than burning gas. “

“There is no easier way for existing buildings to meet their decarbonisation commitments. The only obstacles are a lack of guidelines that allow local authorities to force building reductions.

Realistically, the decarbonization of the city center can only be achieved with district heating, so this must be mandatory. In addition, electricity policy (which currently increases 200-300% of the cost of electricity generated, even if it is used for a heat pump) needs to be reversed so that costs are lower. “

Star believes the use of water heat pumps in various locations across the UK has tremendous potential. In England alone it is estimated that more than 6 GW of renewable heat can be obtained from rivers and canals. The long coastlines of Wales and Scotland also offer potential for heat pumps to extract additional heat from the sea.

Inspired by the success of the Queens Quay project, many municipalities are now looking to invest in large-scale district heating systems. Star Renewable Energy and Vital Energi are already working with other customers and local authorities to help them achieve their vision and develop more district heating pumping projects in the UK.

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About Star Refrigeration

Star Refrigeration is the UK’s largest independent industrial refrigeration company. Founded in 1970, Star has since led the way in natural refrigeration and heating technology, and the Star Refrigeration Group comprises several brands, including the renewable company Star Renewable Energy (SRE).

SRE focused on large (> 500kW) high temperature heat pumps (> 60C and up to 85C). SRE was founded to help decarbonise the heating sector by supplying large heat pump systems for district heating and industrial processes. Star’s large heat pumps, Neatpumps, have enough capacity to supply large buildings and entire cities with district heating and cooling at lower costs and fewer CO2 emissions. When using renewable electricity, Neatpumps generate heat and cold without CO2 emissions.

Contact information

Dave Pearson

Group Sustainable Development Director

Star cooling

Tel: +44 (0) 141 6387916

Mob: +44 (0) 7976 607746

Twitter: @wasteheatuser

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