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Heat Networks Case Studies

September 2023

  • Glenrothes Energy Network: Fife Council and RWE received financial support of £8.6 million through the government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) (which ended in 2021) to develop and deploy a low carbon heat network in Glenrothes. It opened on 24 April 2019. It provides low carbon heating to Fife House complex, Rothes Halls and the sheltered housing complex at Jubilee Grove by using the steam from the RWE biomass CHP plant at Markinch.
  • Stirling District Heat Network: Scottish Water Horizons and Stirling council, supported through the LCITP, have collaborated on developing a large-scale district heating network, harnessing energy from the Forth-side wastewater treatment works. It harnesses heat that would otherwise have been wasted to provide low-carbon heating for a local sports stadium, leisure centre and secondary school and for premises used by voluntary organisations and key public buildings.
  • The Queens Quay Heat Network in Clydebank: West Dunbartonshire council are constructing a £20 million project which will transform the former John Brown Shipyard, £6m in funding was provided through the LCITP. Water-source heat pumps will extract heat from the river Clyde which will be transported via the heat network to homes and business including Clydebank College and Leisure Centre. It will demonstrate the viability of large-scale heat pump projects in the UK and it will feature Scotland’s first major water source heat pump.
  • Shetland Heat Energy & Power: Lerwick’s District Heating Scheme heats domestic and commercial properties (serving 6000 people per day) using energy from waste that would otherwise head to landfill. 
  • Midlothian Council and Vattenfall have formally launched a new Energy Services Company to deliver several low carbon energy projects. This includes district heating networks which run on energy from waste facility (EfW) near Millerhill which is fuelled by residual waste collected by Midlothian, Edinburgh and East Lothian councils. 
  • The Clyde Gateway Community Energy Project has been developed in partnership with Scottish Water Horizons and supported by SP Energy Networks through the Green Economy Fund. Heat is supplied from Scottish Water’s Dalmarnock wastewater treat works will in used in both residential and commercial properties.