Glasgow’s own renewable energy star showcases Britain’s biggest heat-pump system at UK expo

Computer image of the Gorbals water source heat pump, designed and being built in Glasgow by Star Renewable Energy
Computer image of the Gorbals water source heat pump, designed and being built in Glasgow by Star Renewable Energy

Glasgow-based Star Renewable Energy are today showcasing a virtual reality tour of its renewable water-source heat-pumps at a UK-wide industry expo being held in the city.

For the exhibition, Star Renewable Energy took advice from the DMEM department at Strathclyde University to develop the virtual reality simulation of a heat pump to display.

The simulation depicts a large water source heat pump for district heating in the River Clyde and its environs as a realistic interpretation of the Gorbals installation which will be developed by Glasgow City Council.

The 2.5MW heat pump will harvest heat from the river water to provide low carbon, affordable heating and hot water to homes and businesses in the Gorbals area from December 2018.

The district heating network in Glasgow – designed by Star Renewable Energy –  is expected to deliver immediate 50% carbon reductions by providing over 80% of the buildings’ heat requirements.

The heat pump development has been funded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Investment Fund and the District Heating Loan Fund, to offer cheap heat and allow businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.

Dave Pearson, Director of Star Renewable Energy, said: “Our River Clyde water source heat pump – which is likely to be the largest inner city example in Britain –  will save over 50% of the CO2 emissions and will reduce the local NOx emissions – that lead to asthma and other health problems – by 100%. More than 30% of a city’s NOx can be from burning gas so the challenge is just with vehicle emissions.

“Since  Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the LCITP funding last year, we’ve been busy detailing our plans for the Gorbals as works could begin on site as early as next month.

“Heat-pumps are a low carbon alternative to central heating powered by gas and the design of the Gorbals water source heat pump is so complex that the VR model lets us inspect the plan up close.”

To date, Star Renewable Energy has installed more than 30MW of heating – including the design and installation of the world’s largest 90c district heat pump and the world’s largest natural refrigerant heat pump with zero global warming.

For more information on Star Renewable Energy and its district-heating projects, visit: 

2 May 2018

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