A project bringing together a river source heat pump, solar, storage and combined heat and power (CHP) has taken a step forward. Colloide Engineering Systems has been awarded a construction contract for the Viking Energy Network by South Tyneside Council following a competitive tender process. A river source heat pump is to be used to harness low-grade heat from the River Tyne, with the heat to then be exported to 11 council-owned buildings in Jarrow, including high-rise flats, schools and sheltered housing. The project will also see a 1MW solar farm, private wire electrical network, storage battery and a combined heat and power (CHP) back-up system installed. It is intended that the solar will power the heat pump, which will run close to carbon neutral for “much of the summer”. Any surplus electricity is to help power council buildings.
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