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Biggest water-source heat pump in UK set for summer commissioning

Queens Quay project on River Clyde in Scotland will see 5 MW heat pumps power district heating network in £15m scheme

Scotland’s first large-scale water source heat pump scheme is set to be commissioned in the summer as part of the £250m Queen’s Quay regeneration project in Clydebank . The £15m scheme will initially see two 2.5 MW water source heat pumps taking heat from the river Clyde to provide heating and hot water for the surrounding development. The heat generated at the energy centre will be pumped through 2.5 km of pipework in the district heating scheme provided by Vital Energi.

Scott Lutton, Operations Manager for Vital Energi said: “This is a very exciting moment in the history of the Scotland’s energy infrastructure. While there have been small open water source heat pumps in the past, this is by far the largest to date. Water source heat pumps are a low-carbon technology which will become more effective in reducing emissions as the grid decarbonises and we hope that, when complete, it will prove an inspiration to other local authorities who want to reduce their carbon emissions.”

The Queen’s Quay development will also see the creation of 1,000 private homes and 200 homes for social rent.

Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development said: “The District Heating Network will have a hugely positive impact on Queens Quay and Clydebank as a whole and we are delighted to welcome Vital Energi on board to help us deliver it. Once completed, the network will provide heating and hot water to existing buildings including Clydebank Leisure Centre and the Council office campus as well as serving the new homes. The Council aim to expand the network to include areas of Clydebank and Dalmuir and to address fuel poverty by providing affordable heat to local residents.”

David Pearson, director of Star Renewable Energy, the manufacturer of the heat pumps, said, “As a local company, we’re extremely proud that Scotland’s first major water source heat pump project will not only be delivered in Clydebank, but also manufactured in Glasgow. This project, once again, underlines that Scotland is at the forefront of embracing renewable technologies and driving down carbon emissions.”

West Dunbartonshire Council will meet 60 per cent of the cost of the system, with the Scottish Government contributing £6m through the European Regional Development Fund via the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Program.


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