An innovative scheme to generate heat from sewers is among a raft of green initiatives that will share in £43 million of new funding from the Scottish Government. The money, from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), will be shared among 13 projects across Scotland. It represents one of the largest direct energy investments in the last 10 years and is expected to be matched with at least a further £43 million from the public and private sectors. Projects that will benefit include a local power system on Fair Isle, an energy storage project in Shetland, the installation of a heat pump on the River Clyde and low-carbon heat networks in Dundee, Stirling, Clydebank and Glenrothes. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the funding during a speech at the All Energy Conference in Glasgow. A district heating network in the Fife town of Glenrothes has been awarded £8.5 million under the scheme. Robin Presswood, head of economy, planning and employability at Fife Council, said: “We’re delighted to hear the Scottish Government are committing to this investment in Fife. “Glenrothes Heat could contribute significantly to our ambitious climate change targets and could potentially reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes households and provide cost savings for businesses. “We’re looking forward to progressing this innovative low-carbon heat project.” Scottish firm Star Renewable Energy also received a share of the cash, which will go towards a £3.5 million scheme to supply eco-friendly heat to buildings in the Gorbals using pioneering heat pump technology on the Clyde.
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ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners have welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to meeting half of Scotland’s energy needs through renewables by 2030. Nicola Sturgeon said the government was now seeking views on how to meet the new target by utilising renewable energy across electricity, heat and transport. WWF Scotland hailed the commitment as sending a “strong message to business and industry, both here and globally, that renewables are at the heart of Scotland’s economic policy”. Dr Sam Gardner, acting director of WWF Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to hear the First Minister reaffirm her Government’s commitment to meeting half of Scotland’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. “Choosing the iconic All Energy Conference to make the announcement sends a strong message to business and industry, both here and globally, tha t renewables are at the heart of Scotland’s economic policy and that Scotland plans to expand its amazing progress on renewable electricity into the heat and transport sectors.” The consultation on the draft energy strategy is open until May 30. The First Minister also revealed details of a £43 million investment in low-carbon infrastructure.
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A string of pioneering district heat networks and a battery storage project are among the biggest winners in a £43m fund announced by the Scottish Government in an effort to boost low-carbon infrastructure across the country. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced in Glasgow this morning (10 May) that the Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme (LCITP) will match the funding of 13 projects at the “forefront of the low-carbon and renewable innovation”. Sturgeon said the investment would boost the Scottish economy through energy savings and job creation. A Grangemouth industrial fermentation facility which processes biological residues will receive £9m, the highest share of the pot funding. Other winning schemes include an energy storage project in Hunterston which aims to prove the commercial viability of lithium-ion batteries, and a number of low-carbon heat networks in Dundee, Stirling, Clydebank and Glenrothes. The Clyde project will develop the UK’s first water source heat pump for medium temperature district heating to service existing buildings. Business enterprise Star Renewable Energy will deploy the 2.5MW water source heat pump – set to become Britain’s largest inner city 80C heat pump – by September 2018. Star Renewable Energy boss Dave Pearson said: “The support provided by the Scottish Government through the LCITP has recognised both the technical and commercial potential of our project in Glasgow’s Gorbals.
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A Glasgow-based renewable energy company is to launch the UK’s first water-source heat pump on the River Clyde. Star Renewable Energy has been awarded funding to develop the 2.5MW water source heat pump on the Clyde at the Gorbals, which will provide medium temperature district heating to service existing buildings. The £3.5 million industrial-sized water source heat pump will draw energy from the chilly waters of the Clyde and boosts it up to 80 degrees Celsius to cover over 80% of the building heat demand. The Gorbals district heating network is set to deliver immediate carbon reductions of 50%, with 2035 climate change goals of 80% achievable when the electrical grid carbon content has fallen to 135gCO2/kWh. It currently averages around 350g/kWh in the U.K and 196gCO2/kWh in Scotland. The renewable project – which has received a 50% loan from the District Heating Loan Fund, with the rest of the project funded with a grant from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Investment Fund (LCITP) – will be operated by an ESCO initially owned by Star Renewable Energy.
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