Vattenfall and Ameresco announce collaboration together with Bristol City Council to deliver large-scale heat network as part of City Leap project • ESA launches new tool to promote collaboration between EfW plant operators and heat network developers • Vital Energi is set to commence works on a new heat network in Aberdeen • Read more about the developments in sustainable heating and cooling in this month's news update from the UK
Bristol City Council has selected Ameresco as a strategic partner to form the Bristol City Leap partnership, a project aimed at decarbonising the city’s energy system completely by 2030. Ameresco, an American cleantech integration and renewable energy asset development company, will work in close collaboration with Swedish-owned energy company Vattenfall Heat UK, specialising in low and zero carbon district heating.
The City Leap program in Bristol is intended to lower energy costs, provide cleaner air, improve energy infrastructure and boost the local economy through a city-wide decarbonisation effort. Ameresco and Vattenfall will collaborate to deliver a full range of technologies to optimize the city’s electrical infrastructure. The first five years of the project is expected to deliver £424 million in low-carbon energy infrastructure including heat networks, renewable energy, heat pumps, energy efficiency and electric vehicle charging.
The Environmental Services Association (ESA) is a resource and waste management trade association representing a majority of the UK’s Energy-from-Waste (EfW) plant operators. The new tool, named EfW Heat Network Directory, includes details about all ESA members’ EfW plants, including detailed specifications on heat offtake. The directory has been launched with the ambition of fostering collaboration between EfW operators and heat network developers, as well as policy makers and prospective heat off-takers.
Two EfW plants in the directory, namely the Eastcroft plant in Nottinghamshire and the Millerhill plant in Midlothian, already deliver heat to district heating networks, supplying heat to nearly 10,000 premises combined. The new directory is hoped to contribute to more EfW plants supplying heat to premises across the UK through district heating.
The Torry area of Aberdeen, Scotland, will see a new £10 million heat network delivered by Vital Energi as construction is set to begin. The heat network will supply heat for hundreds of homes as well as public buildings including the Tullos Primary School, the Deeside Family Centre and the Torry social work office.
Heat will be generated from an EfW plant currently under construction in the East Tullos industrial estate, disposing of non-recyclable waste from Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray councils. Over 3.7 miles of underground pipes will be installed in the delivery of the heat network, along with e.g. metering technology to the interior of the connected buildings.
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