Clyde-built heat-pump project in Norway may prove £20,000 winner for Glasgow’s Star Renewable Energy


Dave Pearson, Director - Star Renewable Energy
Dave Pearson, Director – Star Renewable Energy

The Glasgow-based manufacturer responsible for the invention of the world’s largest zero-carbon 90ᵒC district Neatpump heat pump has been shortlisted for a new Scottish green-technology award – with the chance of winning £20,000.

Star Renewable Energy – part of the eponymous Thornliebank-based refrigeration group – will compete against 25 finalists for the top prize on 4 June 2015 at the Glasgow Technology Innovation Centre.

Star Renewable Energy’s Neatpump technology is an industrial heat pump that uses water from rivers, lakes, reservoirs and the sea to generate heating and cooling while balancing the grid

Fergus Ewing MSP, Scottish Energy Minister, commented: “The transition to a low carbon economy presents enormous economic opportunities for companies to develop and implement renewable technologies. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses across Scotland to realise these opportunities.”

The green ‘credentials’ of the Neatpump have been demonstrated in practice in a municipal  heating system in Drammen, a Norwegian city with 65,000 people that exploits pioneering technology built on the River Clyde to heat the whole city – including its businesses, hospitals and schools with water – from the local fjord.

David Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy – part of the Star Refrigeration Group which was set up in 1970 –  said: “In Drammen, the Neatpump provides annual savings of around €2 million and overall annual carbon savings equivalent to driving 2,080 times around the globe.

“In Scotland, heat pumps have the potential to save Scottish businesses £250 million a year – enough to employ almost 10,000 people at the country’s average salary.”

Norway's Drammen Water District Heat Pump Building
Norway’s Drammen Water District Heat Pump Building

The Neatpump system installed by Glasgow-based Star Renewable Energy in Drammen, Norway is the world’s largest natural working fluid system delivering heat at temperatures up to 90ºC.

Harvesting renewable heat from the fjord the large water source heat pump delivers heat to a community of over 63,000 residents and its businesses at lower cost and nearly zero carbon and zero local emissions.

Having generated 200 GWh of renewable heat, the Neatpump in Drammen achieved carbon savings of about 60,000 t,

Pearson added: “Heat pumps are not only beneficial for the environment. Using a renewable heat source saves locally produces fuel, be it gas, oil, waste or biomass which can be sold.

“Scotland spends £1.6bn per year on heating fuel. It is time to switch to a “free” and clean heat source which does not need to be burned and will never run out.

 “We should be bringing these benefits of renewable and clean heat generation to Scotland and replicate the technologies in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, Greenock, St Andrews, Dundee, Perth, Aberdeen, and Inverness.”

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