Star Renewable Energy is set to ship out a large scale heat pump from its factory in Glasgow to power an industrial park which is expected to generate more than 6,500 new jobs.
The industrial scale water source heat pump will supply E.ON’s community energy centre in Cranbrook, east Devon – the UK’s first renewable heat network – where it will also deliver renewable heating and hot water for 3,500 new homes, as well as 1.4 million square feet of industrial space
District heating provides heat from the energy centre to a number of homes and buildings from a network of underground and well-insulated pipes fed by a central source. District heating can supply heat to housing developments, whole towns, areas of cities or sometimes an entire sustainable city.
The Star Renewable’s industrial heat pump will ‘harvest’ sunshine and cold water from rivers and streams to heat houses and the ‘export’ event is due to be witnessed by MSPs Ken MacIntosh and Sarah Boyack at the company’s base at Thornliebank.
Last year, Dr A. Pearson – Star Renewables’ engineering director and now managing director-designate – received the Rittinger Medal from the IEA for the invention and deployment of the world’s first and largest natural district heating heat pump using zero carbon ammonia instead of HFCs – a feat once deemed impossible by the International Energy Agency.
The 14MW zero carbon heat pump has delivered over 250 GWh of renewable heat to Drammen, a town in Norway with a population of 64,000 by extracting warmth from the ice-cold water of a local fjord.
A spokesman for Star Renewables, said: “Meanwhile – the Clyde, the Forth, the Moray, Tay, Solway – our own “fjords” – continue to deliver their renewable thermal content to the open ocean unused while heat poverty is such a problem for 1 million Scots.
“So we’re asking why a Scottish technology (invented by Glasgow’s Lord Kelvin in 1852 and which can draw warmth from rivers and provide affordable, clean heat for 1.8 million homes while saving 3.9 million tonnes of C02) is not being supported, endorsed and promoted at Westminster – particularly when half of the energy we use in the UK does not come from wind turbines and solar panels as electricity but in the form of heat.”
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