A feasibility study is taking place in Craigmillar, Edinburgh, to explore the use of a new district residential CHP system.

The study will examine the potential for three local energy units to supply both heat and power to new developments, including homes and schools, being built as part of the regeneration of the area.

Initially looking at the technical, financial and commercial viability of the project, the first phase is due to be completed by November. If appropriate, this will be followed by a more detailed financial investigation and consultation period.

The study, being carried out by Danish consultancy Ramboll, has been awarded a £65,000 ($120,000) grant from the Scottish government Climate Change Fund, which has been matched by PARC, the company leading the regeneration programme.

The company’s general manager, John Quinn, said: ‘Implementing this innovative technology in Craigmillar would bring big benefits to the local community.’