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Renewable Project of the Year – Public

This £6.75m project saw Vital Energi design, construct and install the biomass energy centre and district heating system, as well as the HIUs, internal pipework and new radiators, and vPro:ems Smart Meters. This meant that the company delivered the entire project from energy generation to customer interface.

West Whitlawburn has significant heating and hot water demands, with an approximate estimate of over 3.24 million kWh per year. The system to provide this consists of a 685kW biomass boiler, which operates in conjunction with a 50,000 litre thermal storage vessel to enhance the contribution of the biomass boiler to meet 89% of the site’s total annual heat demand.

This system delivers heating and hot water to 432 multi-storey flats across six tower blocks, 111 low-rise flats and 14 tenements closes via 2.6km of district heating pipework.

It is the first energy project of its kind for a housing cooperative and, as such, has resulted in a great deal of interest, with the Department of Energy & Climate Change visiting the project to see how it could assist similar projects to come to market.