A new online tool for communities has revealed that at least one million homes and businesses across England could be tapping into renewable heat available with the country’s waterways. With over 4000 rivers, estuaries, canals and coastal sites across the country, a potential to provide more than 6 GWth exists through the use of water source heat pump technology.
The new interactive map includes details of water conditions, such as temperature and flow rates, as well as the potential heat capacity of each waterway and the levels of heat demand across England – eliminating the cost and time it would take developers to conduct their own exploratory studies.
Launching the new map, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey said: ‘We need to make the most of the vast amount of clean, renewable heat that lays dormant and unused in our rivers, lakes and seas. Doing this will help contribute to an energy mix that maximises clean, reliable home-grown resources rather than relying on foreign fossil fuels. It also provides a system that bolsters growth in our local economies, protects the natural environment, and creates resilient communities that are capable of producing sustainable power systems.’
Battersea Power Station – site of the development of 4000 new homes, shops, offices and public amenities on the banks of the Thames – has appointed SSE to carry out a full heat pump feasibility study.