06 October 2021
A pioneering system taking water from the Clyde to create inexperienced warmth vitality has been formally opened as Scotland gears as much as host COP26.
West Dunbartonshire Power Centre is residence to the primary large-scale warmth pump of its sort in Scotland, reworking the best way warmth is supplied to properties, companies and public buildings.
At full construct, the system will ship circa 2000 tonnes of carbon discount from the surroundings per 12 months, and is contributing to creating Clydebank one of many greenest areas in Scotland.
The £20million undertaking, positioned inside waterside growth Queens Quay within the city, was opened as world leaders get set to reach in Glasgow subsequent month for the United Nations Local weather Convention (COP26).
Councillor Iain McLaren, Convener of Infrastructure, Regeneration and Financial Growth, mentioned: “I’m extraordinarily proud to formally open the West Dunbartonshire Power Centre. This formidable undertaking has been a few years within the making and it’s a pleasure to see the system up and operating, offering low-carbon warmth vitality to so many buildings already, and with the aptitude of enlargement all through Clydebank.
“Because the world turns its eyes to the West of Scotland for COP26, and we work to agree motion to try to halt the local weather emergency, we’re decided to do our half. This technique, alongside various different steps taken by the Council, will assist us obtain our aim to be web zero by 2045 and prepared the ground in tackling the local weather emergency.”
The system will probably be showcased to delegates at COP26 in an exhibit on the occasion’s Inexperienced Zone in Glasgow Science Centre, highlighting work being undertaken to realize web zero targets.
The formidable undertaking to create a cutting-edge Power Centre and lay 5km of below-ground pipework on the former John Brown Shipyard was accomplished final December on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council.
Within the preliminary part of swap on, warmth is being equipped to Council workplaces at Aurora Home, the Titan Enterprise Centre, Clydebank Leisure Centre and the brand new care residence on the web site, Queens Quay Home.
Pipe work can be in place to provide the forthcoming Clydebank Well being Centre, West School Scotland, over 140 flats and retail items at present on web site, all different properties deliberate for the positioning in addition to Clydebank Library and Clydebank City Corridor.
The low carbon system has been designed on a modular foundation to allow future enlargement past Queens Quay, with scope to warmth the Golden Jubilee Hospital, Clyde Purchasing Centre and into the city centre.
The introduction of the community will permit residents of greater than 1,000 properties attributable to be constructed on the positioning to get pleasure from decrease payments with a system that requires far much less repairs than a fuel boiler.
Council-run vitality firm West Dunbartonshire Power LLP has been established to supervise and strategically direct the day after day operating of the community.
Councillor Daniel Lennie, West Dunbartonshire Power LLP Board member, mentioned: “This unbelievable system is already heating so many public buildings from the leisure centre to the care residence, with the potential to increase to the Golden Jubilee and past.
“It makes me so proud that as a Council we’re displaying our dedication to our web zero mission, particularly as a result of we’re utilizing our shipbuilding heritage and the Clyde – our most well-known useful resource – to take action.
“In addition to taking these steps to deal with the local weather emergency, we’re additionally addressing gas poverty for our communities and I’m certain Clydebank will see the advantages of the system for years to return.”
The Council acquired Scottish Authorities funding £6.1million in the direction of the whole value of the system via the European funded Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition programme .
The Power Centre, which has a particular 30m chimney, will home the constructing management and administration system to function and monitor operations, all managed remotely, in addition to again –up fuel boilers, pressurisation items and distribution pumps.
The first warmth supply is 2 no. 2.65MW Water Supply Warmth Pumps (WSHPs) that convert warmth held inside the water of the River Clyde into scorching water at a temperature of 75 levels centigrade, and two 7MW fuel boilers which give again up and prime up warmth at peak occasions when the pumps are working at capability.
The Power Centre constructing was designed by Cooper Cromar Architects and constructed by Muir Development with the warmth producing plant designed and put in by Important Energi. The warmth pumps had been manufactured by Glasgow-based Star Refrigeration Ltd.
It is a part of the broader £250million Queens Quay regeneration of the historic web site, and when full, the once-derelict space will probably be remodeled right into a vibrant waterside neighborhood.
West Dunbartonshire Council is regenerating the land in partnership with web site homeowners Clydeside Regeneration Ltd (CRL) and growth associate Daybreak City Regeneration Ltd.