Shetlands Sea Water Source Heat Pump Scheme Benefits Scottish Government Funding

A large scale sea-water source heat pump scheme is to be built in Lerwick on the Shetland Islands after being awarded a grant from the Scottish Government.

It is one of three projects, which will use water source heat pump technology to supply low-carbon heat, that have been awarded a share of £1.75 million.

The scheme, which will allow an additional 225 households to join the existing heat network, take’s the lion’s share of the cash (£1.6 million) while schemes in Clydebank and Glasgow have been awarded £75,000 apiece.

The cash will be used to develop an investment prospectus for a district heating network for the Queens Quay Development on the site of the former John Brown Shipyard, which will use a water source heat pump in the River Clyde basin.

While the University of Glasgow Western Campus will develop an investment grade proposal to install a water source heat pump in the River Kelvin to ensure the existing district heating network can service new buildings planned for the site of the former Western Infirmary hospital.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing made the announcement at the Scottish Renewables annual conference in Edinburgh.

He said: “Supporting the development of district heating and wider low carbon technologies will help maximise the economic opportunities from Scotland’s low carbon sector.

“Heat is estimated to account for over half of Scotland’s total energy use and is responsible for nearly half of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions, so the imperative to take action is very clear.

“Continued growth in the number of homes and businesses benefitting from connecting to low carbon, affordable warmth provided by district heating networks helps the Scottish Government towards realising our ambition to increase the number of connections to district heating networks by 2020.”

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