A PIONEERING system taking water from the Clyde to create green thermal energy has been officially opened as Scotland prepares to host the COP26 climate change conference.
The West Dunbartonshire Energy Center in Clydebank is home to the first large-scale heat pump of its kind in Scotland, transforming the way heat is delivered to homes, businesses and public buildings.
When fully built, the system will provide around 2,000 tonnes of environmental carbon reduction per year and help make the city one of the greenest areas in Scotland.
The £ 20million project is located in the Queens Quay development.
Councilor Iain McLaren, responsible for infrastructure, regeneration and economic development, said: and with the capacity to expand throughout Clydebank.
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“As the world turns its eyes to the west of Scotland for COP26, and we work to agree on action to try to end the climate emergency, we are determined to do our part. This system, along with a number of other actions taken by the council, will help us achieve our goal of being net zero by 2045 and lead the way in tackling the climate emergency. ”
The system will be presented to delegates at COP26 in an exhibit in the event’s green zone at the Glasgow Science Center, highlighting the work being undertaken to achieve the net zero goals.
In the initial start-up phase, heat is supplied to the council offices at Aurora House, Titan Enterprise Center, Clydebank Leisure Center and the new Queens Quay care home.
Pipelines are also in place to supply the upcoming Clydebank Health Center, West College Scotland, over 140 apartments and retail units currently on site, all other houses planned on the site as well as the Clydebank Library and the hotel city of Clydebank.
The low carbon system was designed on a modular basis to allow for future expansion beyond Queens Quay, with the ability to heat Golden Jubilee Hospital, Clyde Mall and into the city center.
The installation of the network will allow the inhabitants of more than 1000 housing units to be built on the site to benefit from lower bills with a system requiring much less maintenance than a gas boiler.
The board-run energy company, West Dunbartonshire Energy LLP, was formed to strategically oversee and lead the day-to-day operation of the grid.