UK green energy firm SHARC Energy Systems is to integrate its sewage heat recovery technology into ENGIE’s heat network portfolio in the UK and Ireland.

ENGIE UK & Ireland announced a ‘call for projects’ in February to identify innovative solutions for the recovery of heat from wastewater/sewage.

SHARC was one of the successful bidders and it has now started discussions with ENGIE about projects and opportunities within ENGIE’s asset portfolio.Russ Burton, SHARC Energy chief operating officer

The announcement comes at a time when the appetite for decentralized energy services in the UK is growing, with more focus being placed on the use of renewable technologies.

Earlier this month the National Infrastructure Commission issued an assessment report which stated that “the UK must take decisive action to have world-class infrastructure” and carries a core principle that half of the UK’s power will be provided by renewables by 2030.

Alongside the NIC report, a recently-published UNESCO report, Waste Water: The Untapped Resource, shows how the macro market surrounding sewage heat recovery solutions is developing and how the value of this resource can be harnessed for the benefit of future generations.

Russ Burton, SHARC’s chief operating officer, said: “We are delighted to have won the support of the ENGIE Regeneration team and are looking forward to working with them to develop our service and solutions with them.

“The team at SHARC have been tireless in their efforts to champion and promote the value of the waste heat that runs through our sewage lines every day and we are encouraged by the vision and enthusiasm that ENGIE is demonstrating in supporting our activities.”   

Ben Watts, Innovation and Solutions Director at ENGIE, said: “The decarbonization of heat is a nationally important issue which ENGIE is looking to solve at a local level.”

SHARC Energy Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SHARC International Systems Inc.  based in Vancouver, Canada.