This project was to conduct a high level review of options to develop a decentralised low carbon heat supply to the Heartlands Development.  The development is situated immediately south of J4 on M80 (Whitburn) on the former Polkemmet mine and is to develop circa 5000 new residential units over 20 years along with a 140,000m2 business park. The development was also adjacent to large areas of existing local authority housing.

The review focused on assessing the available energy resources on or adjacent to the development site, their fit with requirements at Heartlands, and their deliverability, costs and carbon impact. Options investigated included gas combined heat and power (CHP), biomass, energy-from waste, (EfW), local mine water, heat from effluent, wind and solar

It was identified that the estimated total peak heat load for the entire development was 10 – 12MW to be built in three development phases, each requiring 3-4MW heat per annum. A number of potential heat resources were assessed including the Polkemmet mine (potential heat from geothermal), a planned new EfW (6km distant at Levenseat) and sewer flows (heat recovery from effluent).

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