Wastewater supplying heat for Stirling district heat network

A £6mn district heat network is heating a number of buildings in Stirling using heat generated from wastewater, Scottish Water announced on 7 November.

The first of its kind in the UK, the project sees heat harnessed from wastewater from Scottish Water’s treatment works in Forthside processed through an on-site energy centre before being distributed along Stirling Council’s District Heat Network.

The network also provides heating to the nearby Peak Leisure Centre, Forthbank Stadium Conference Centre and St Modan’s High School. It’s anticipated that end-users will save up to 10% on their heating bills. The network has also been designed so it can be expanded to include supply more business premises and nearby housing.

Scottish Water claims the scheme will “greatly contribute towards Scotland’s zero-carbon targets by helping to save a projected 381 tonnes of carbon per annum”.

Managing Director of Scottish Water Horizons, Paul Kerr, said: “We’re really proud of this low carbon project in Stirling. Not only will Stirling Council and end users benefit from reduced carbon and energy costs, the scheme is providing Scottish Water’s Stirling Waste Water Treatment Works with the majority of its energy requirements, helping support Scottish Water’s target of reaching net zero emissions by 2040.”

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