Exeter, a town in south-west England, may implement a district heat network supplied by an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant currently been built in its largest trading estatae.

A network linked to the new Marsh Barton would join the city’s existing Cranbook heat network fuelled by gas and biomass. A 75 km network would eventually pipe heat from this combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Skypartk.

A study into the proposal waste-fired network is due to complete this month. Users who could benefit include a bus and coach station, student accommodation and a Waitrose supermarket, as well as university, hospital and civic buildings.

By contributing to the scheme, the EfW’s plants efficiency would also rise from 20% up to 60%.

Cllr Rachel Sutton, Lead Councillor for Sustainable Development and Transport, describes the scheme as ‘the way forward for Exeter’ in a council press release.

‘Not only does it tick all the right boxes for the environment, it also delivers economic benefits for the city and further afield,’ she said.

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