Harnessing Heat from a Land of Lochs and Rivers


14 September 2014
Prof Younger - Harnessing Heat from Rivers Conference - heat pumps today
Prof Younger - Harnessing Heat from Rivers Conference
Over 150 people attended the 'Harnessing Heat from Rivers' seminar in the James Watt building at Glasgow University on Wednesday this week.
Bess Hulme, DECC - heat pumps todayBess Hulme from DEEC
Experts from the industry presented information and ideas to help organisations with heating bills of over £200,000 per year lower them by using heat pumps to extract the abundance of renewable heat from lochs and rivers in Scotland and the rest of the UK. Topics included how to get through the legislative and bureaucratic hurdles; how to plan for a heat pump system and finance large scale heat pump projects. Speakers from Star Renewable Energy, DECC, the Green Investment Bank, Mannvit, AECOM and other specialists provided a wide range of examples, facts and figures to demystify the process of harnessing heat from aquifers, mines, lochs and rivers to provide low carbon, renewable heating.

Bess Hulme from DECC explained her role in the government department which is looking at how to lower the barriers to wider deployment of water source heat pumps across the UK. Hulme shared the fact that only 2% of heat demand is currently delivered via heat networks in Britain. This is delivered by 2,000 heat networks.

Much of what the government is doing, explained Hugh Muschamp from the Scottish office of DECC, is to provide information to the market via heat maps which reveal where demand for heat is across the nation and from where it can be sourced. The heat map can be found here: http://heatmap.scotland.gov.uk/

Money Matters

Alan Crooks from Resource Efficient Scotland - heat pumps today
Alan Crooks from Resource Efficient Scotland
The availability of finance was a key topic within the seminar, illustrated by the £3.8 Bn available from the Green Investment Bank to invest in captial projects in the UK. Furthermore, Alan Crooks from Resource Efficient Scotland spoke about the number of unsecured loans available for district heating and domestic heating projects which included up to £400,000 per project for heat network projects, and up to £5m per project from the 'Warm Homes Fund'.


Managing Director of the Drammen District Heating Company, was presented with an award for the 'Public Sector Project of the Year' from the National Heat Pumps Awards to recognise the valuable contribution this project has made to the possibilities provided by large scale heat pumps for heating homes and business. The award was presented by Heat Pumps Today editor, Will Hawkins.

The event was organised by Star Renewable Energy, the firm that designed and implemented the Drammen district heating heat pump plant in Norway recently, with the help and support of Scottish Renewables and Scottish Enterprise.

Speaker slides from the seminar are now available online here.

For anyone interested in furthering their knowledge of heat networks and low carbon heat, there is the Low Carbon Heat International Showcase on 18 & 19 November in Edinburgh. Find more details here.
Jon Ivor Bakk, Drammen District Heating Company - heat pumps today
Jon Ivor Bakk, Drammen District Heating Company, with his award.
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