i53: Community/District heat pumps

3 supporter (+ 1 potential)
Initiative

Given the high density of housing in the region, and especially blocks of flats/terraced housing community heat pumps could provide more sustainable heating at a lower cost (example project https://finn-geotherm.co.uk/case_study/landmark-renewable-heating-scheme-cuts-costs-for-flagship-res...


Rationale

Sustainable heat with lower visual impact than turbines


Response to suggestions

The suggestion that we look to make use  of the river Aire as an energy source for these heat pumps (drawing on the project on the Clyde  https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/council/newsroom/news/2020/dec/district-heating-network/) seems like an excellent way of future proofing a switch to heat pumps and avoiding investing in energy sources that still produce higher carbon outputs

Suggestions for improvement (1)

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River source district heating

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Large scale district heating is seen as a way of decarbonizing heat in urban areas and is now implemented in parts of Leeds. There is also a large system in Sheffield. It can be an effective way to decarbonise provision of heat in historic buildings and those that are difficult to retrofit. The key is finding low-carbon heat sources to supply heat to the system. The common apporach is to use municipal solid waste incineration to generate electricity and heat for district heating. This can be said to be low carbon heat - but this is debatable. Many district heating systems use gas boilers or combined heat and power systems. As electricity is decarbonized, this makes less sense - using electricity becomes a lower carbon solution. Delivering electrified heat to district heating makes most sense when large heat pumps are used. Such heat pumps can deliver heat at high temperatures if necessary and can also deliver cooling. All heat pumps need a low temperature heat source - air or water based. One promising approach for Yorkshire is to use the energy resources of rivers with these large scale heat pumps. A very good example of this can now be found on the Clyde: https://www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/council/newsroom/news/2020/dec/district-heating-network/ As the city of Leeds used to have two large coal power stations on the banks of the Aire (Kirkstall and Skelton Grange) it is clear that the river has enough flow to allow large amounts of heat exchange.

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