Canada’s SHARC Energy sets up new EU head office in Glasgow

Lynn Mueller
Lynn Mueller

A Canadian thermal heat recovery company has set up its new European head office in Glasgow to expand its marketing and manufacturing operations.

The decision by SHARC Energy follows on the back of a £5 million grant recently awarded to the company from the Scot-Govt. Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to extend the installation of innovative heat technology at five locations across Scotland – including Clyde Gateway development schemes at Shawfield and Dalmarnock in Glasgow.

The other heat-from-waste projects are at Kelvingrove Art Museum, Glasgow and local leisure centres in Campbeltown and Orkney – all of which are due to complete in Autumn 2018.

The Borders College campus in Galashiels was the first example in the UK of heat being extracted from the waste water network using SHARC technology, helping the college to realise 150 tonnes a year of carbon savings against its carbon reduction commitments.

The SHARC technology, already used internationally, intercepts waste water that is flushed down the drain from Scotland’s homes and businesses. SHARC’s heat pump technology amplifies the natural warmth within the sewer system, generating clean, renewable thermal energy for commercial and residential buildings, reducing heating costs and carbon emissions.

Lynn Mueller, chief executive of Vancouver-based SHARC, said: “The Clyde Gateway development presents a very exciting opportunity for the company and demonstrates the commitment we have to proactively participate in the development of Scotland’s green economy.

“With a potential heating demand of 22MW, the Clyde Gateway development creates an opportunity to demonstrate the capacity of our technology to deliver a truly carbon efficient district heat network service.

“The additional opportunity to take space on the development and potentially establish the Clyde Gateway as our home for our operations, could also provide us with the additional production capacity we need to meet the increasing demand for our products across the EU.

“Having developed a strong working relationship with the Clyde Gateway team, alongside recognising Glasgow’s geographical location and highly skilled engineering workforce, we believe our ambitions will be well served by this opportunity.”

SHARC Energy Systems is also working in a strategic alliance with Scottish Water Horizons, a commercial subsidiary of Scottish Water, to enable access to Scotland’s sewer system to expand and accelerate the implementation of sewage heat-recovery systems.

Donald MacBrayne, Business Development Manager at Scottish Water Horizons, commented: “We are delighted that SHARC Energy Systems have based their manufacturing operations in Scotland. We are determined to maximise the opportunity of the natural heat beneath our streets to provide customers with a lower cost heating solution.

“Generating heat from waste water has huge potential across Scotland. The technology is well placed to support both urban and rural demand, bringing with it additional employment opportunities and making a significant contribution to Scotland’s green energy ambitions”.

Be careful what EU wish for..
Be careful what EU wish for..

Scottish Water Horizons are also providing a speaker at the Renewables AFTER Brexit keynote conference, being held at Dundee University on 1 Dec 2017.

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23 Oct 2017

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