River source heat pump district heat network scheme

Project lead: The University of Glasgow

Award amount: £29,591

Area: Glasgow

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To introduce renewable technology in the form of a large scale river water heat pump providing heat for our district heating network and offsetting the use of carbon based fuel sources whilst maximising the opportunity to facilitate learning, teaching and research to improve future design and encourage technological development.


Project summary

The University of Glasgow currently has an ambitious Carbon Management Plan (CMP) that demonstrates how the institution plans to reduce its energy consumption, and therefore meet its 20% emissions reduction target.

This project will establish the feasibility or otherwise of installing a large scale water sourced heat pump into the nearby River Clyde/Kelvin by extracting heat and taking this through a heat pump to thereby deliver sufficiently large quantities of heat to our district heating network linked to many of our large buildings in a cost effective manner and negating the requirement to use gas fired boiler plant contained within the energy centre which would provide the resilience for the network only.

Assuming the feasibility study proves viability, an application to phase 2 of the Challenge Fund would follow in the hope that additional financial support be provided to facilitate the construction phase. The river water heat pump scheme would act as a demonstrator project helping to promote its use nationally and provide a long term low carbon heat source for both local and potentially the wider community, as part of a larger district heating network. The project aligns well with the Scottish Government’s Heat Generation Policy towards decarbonising heat.

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