Stirling Cooncil is to explore a pioneering heat solution for rural Stirling in an initial £100,000 feasibility being carried out in Callander alongside partner Scottish Water Horizons.
The first study of its kind in the UK, the project will investigate how waste heat extracted from the Callander Waste Water Treatment Works can be incorporated with thermal energy storage and distributed to remote and off-gas grid areas, combating rural energy and fuel poverty issues, such as a lack of fuel choice and higher energy costs.
Benefits will include energy demand reduction; energy savings; added resilience and security of heat supply, and possible income generation through opportunities for community ownership models.
There could also be opportunities for job creation and upskilling of local workers in low carbon and renewables. If successful, the project would be scale-able and replicate-able across the Stirling Council area.
Cooncillor* Evelyn Tweed said, “Stirling Cooncil has a large rural area, the majority of which show higher levels of fuel poverty than urban areas, due to lack of fuel choice as many are off gas grid.
“The higher capacity of the Waste Water Treatment Works in Callander and size of the population made the region an ideal choice for the pilot scheme.
“With cooncil assets, including secondary and primary schools, plus a leisure centre, Callander can provide a successful concept project that would then be scalable and replicable across the area, to help alleviate fuel poverty and also to attract businesses to the area.”
Mari Davies, Scottish Water Horizons Project Manager, said “Within our sewer network there is massive potential for heat to be harnessed as renewable energy source. The challenge for us now is how we store this heat and get it to local homes and businesses that need it most.
“Using thermal energy storage in combination with innovative waste water heat extraction technology, we can test the concept in an area that is typical of many rural and remote areas across Scotland.
“If successful, there is opportunity for wider roll-out, helping to alleviating fuel poverty, providing local employment and contributing to Scotland’s circular economy.”
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** ‘Cooncil’ is the Scots language word for ‘council’ and is not pejorative; etc..
8 Dec 2017