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Vattenfall will supply energy to 1800 homes near Edinburgh

 

A partnership between Scottish local authority Midlothian Council and the Swedish energy company Vattenfall is the energy backbone behind a new town development outside Edinburgh called Shawfair. The properties are going to be very energy efficient. The first project in this 50/50 partnership is the development of a district heating network that will initially deliver heat sourced from a waste and recycling plant to around 1800 new homes with a carbon footprint 75 per cent lower than a conventional gas boiler. Over time, the network will expand, taking heat from various sources, including thermal storage offered by local mine works, data center waste heat, as well as working with local SMEs and major organizations to find sources of energy. This first project is expected to save over 2,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, the equivalent of taking 1,200 petrol/diesel cars off the road.

Tuomo Hatakka, head of Vattenfall Business Area Heat said, “Today, you see a very small proportion of heating – around 4 per cent - coming from low carbon sources. To reach climate change goals, that must change rapidly. This deal means we can take an early market position, showcasing a model we think others will want to replicate. We believe that we can play a leading role in the UK’s transition to low carbon heating, in line with our goal of making fossil free living possible”.

As the building of this new urban area continues, the low temperature heat network will be expanded, to offer consumers the option of low-carbon energy for business or residential purposes.

The network is aided with a grant from Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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