A quarter of a million Londoners lie cold in the ground of Abney Park cemetery. Here beneath lichen-covered headstones are William and Catherine Booth, co-founders of the Salvation Army. Along overgrown thoroughfares you can find the grave of Charles Maynard, of wine gums fame, while beyond, a vast sleeping lion marks the resting place of one of Britain’s most famous lion tamers. Soon these eminent Victorians could be about to get even colder. Hackney council is planning to install a ground source heat pump. For decades to come, visitors to a new café could be warmed by heat that has literally been sucked from the ground — not to mention, in this case, from the ground’s residents.
Times 6th Dec 2019 read more »
Around 10 per cent of the UK’s total peak heat demand could be supplied from heat pumps under parks and public green spaces, according to new research. As well as providing around 30GW of heat, the idea would also improve air quality and generate income for councils and park authorities to re-invest locally, the report stated. The study was carried out by climate charity Possible – formerly known as 10:10 – alongside the London Borough of Hackney and social enterprise Scene. Birmingham City Council was found to have the greatest ground source heat potential from public green spaces, while the London Borough of Richmond came out top when considering the potential from parks only.
Business Green 9th Dec 2019 read more »