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Scottish council harnessing energy from wastewater for heating

Date: 15-Oct-19
Author: Liam Taylor

The district of Stirling in Central Scotland is well known for it's medieval architecture.

The district of Stirling in Central Scotland is well known for it's medieval architecture.

A ground-breaking project has been launched in Scotland that will heat local public buildings and businesses using energy from waste water management. 

The project, called the Stirling District Heat Network, will bring cheap, low-carbon heat to Stirling, a district in Central Scotland, using a mix of cutting-edge renewable technologies to harness energy from waste water. The project is being delivered by Stirling Council in partnership with Scottish Water Horizons, at a cost of £6 million (over $10 million). 

The energy centre will be located at the existing Stirling Waste Water Treatment Works and operated by Scottish Water Horizons. The company will then sell excess heat to the local council at an agreed cost and volume, which will then be sold on to users through the heating network.

The project is expected to save around 381 tonnes of carbon a year – equivalent to over 2.4 million kilometres driven in an average petrol car. Local councillors said these carbon savings were a central motivating factor to implement the scheme in the face of climate change. 

“Earlier this year Scotland became one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge the fact that we are facing a global climate emergency and it is only right that we take appropriate action,” said Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during a tour of the facility. 

“I am proud of the bold, innovative and world-leading policies we are implementing to address the climate crisis we face."


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Liam                                              Taylor
Author: Liam Taylor

Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia. Joining the communications team at Planet Ark, he hopes to inspire positive environmental behaviour through effective and positive messaging.

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