Linlithgow Energy Corridor - “Heat from the Street”

Project lead: Linlithgow Natural Grid

Award Amount: £25,000

Area: West Lothian

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The Heat from the Street project aims to capture heat from waste water flowing beneath the Linlithgow streets through using heat pumps powered by solar electricity from the roof of a block of Linlithgow's Vennel flats. Through creating a power link connecting this micro solar power station with mini district heat network serving a cluster of public buildings we aim to create the Linlithgow Energy Corridor.


At the heart of the project is the innovative – but tried & tested - ‘SHARC’ waste water heat recovery system. Substantial heat demand in one or more clusters of Linlithgow's public buildings will be met by powering the high performance SHARC heat pump directly with solar electricity from the roofs of the Vennel flats.

A dedicated power link across land owned by the project stakeholders – the Linlithgow Energy Corridor - will enable local energy to remain local. Avoiding the national grid provides a win/win for producers & consumers alike. We aim to prove that in this way Heat from the Street can out-compete the economics of conventional natural gas. The cheapest energy of all is energy saved.