Partnership to bring low carbon heating to Scottish homes
Published: 12 February 2020 - Carly Wills
Vattenfall has been selected by Midlothian Council as its energy partner in a 50/50 joint venture set to drive the shift towards low carbon living in the region.
The partnership’s first project will be the installation of an innovative district heating network which will provide heat to new homes at the Shawfair development, with a carbon saving of 75 per cent when compared with conventional gas boiler heating.
The low temperature system, expected to be operational in 2021, will bring fourth generation heat network technology to Scotland - building on Vattenfall’s experience in constructing and operating some of Europe’s fastest growing heat networks in cities such as Amsterdam.
Tuomo Hatakka, senior vice president business area heat, Vattenfall, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected by Midlothian Council for this long-term energy partnership that puts low carbon, fossil free living front and centre of its ambition. This partnership will serve as a platform for further growth in low carbon energy solutions in Scotland and the United Kingdom. Any organisation or company serious about reaching net zero has low carbon heating at the top of its to do list, and this energy partnership is no different.”
The Vattenfall Heat UK Team is based in London and Edinburgh and is working on projects across the UK.
Low temperature heat networks bring with them many benefits - including lower costs, maintenance, and an ability to adapt to take heat from many sources of waste heat such as waste water works and data centres.
The heat feeding the network will be sourced from waste heat produced by FCC’s Millerhill waste and recycling plant and will be fed through a network of pipes to local homes. The partnership will also begin actively exploring the potential of thermal storage and other local heat sources to enable the network to grow and expand across Midlothian and beyond.
This first £20m project will benefit from financial support of up to £7.3m from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Project.