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A heat network scheme located in Bristol has today been announced as one of four low carbon heat network projects to be awarded funding through the Government’s Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP).

Bristol City Council was previously awarded funding through the scheme in its earlier funding rounds for the development of two heat networks in the city.

Today’s announcement centres around a second funding award of over £1.7 million to support the development of a new network that will use a combination of heat pump technologies to provide low-carbon heat to hundreds of local homes and businesses, as well as student housing, university buildings and education facilities.

The Temple Heat Network will generate low carbon heat from water sources accessible from the regeneration of Temple Island and waste heat from The University of Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

The technology mix includes a Ground Source Heat pump using a local sandstone aquifer, a Water Source Heat Pump using Bristol’s floating harbour and extracting waste heat from the university buildings themselves.

Minister for Climate Change Lord Callanan said:

“Changing the way we heat our homes and workspaces is key to tackling pollution and today’s investment into Bristol’s heat networks will put the thriving university city at the heart of the UK’s green industrial revolution.

“This network of underground pipes will deliver affordable, low-carbon heat and energy across homes, local businesses and university residencies, while opening up huge job and investment opportunities for Bristol, and making the city a greener place to live, work, and visit.”

Councillor Nicola Beech, Bristol’s Cabinet Member for Climate, Ecology, Energy and Waste said:

“The Bristol Heat Network is an integral part of our strategy for decarbonising the city and ensuring that Bristol continues to play its part in addressing the climate crisis. The council has invested over £60m in low-carbon and renewable infrastructure in recent years and we’re delighted to be working in partnership on this innovative project.

“It’s exciting to be replacing old technology with greener solutions and great to be supporting businesses and public sector partners with their own efforts to decarbonise. Developing the heat networks has so many benefits for the city including the reduction in fuel poverty, cutting carbon emissions and creating thousands of jobs to support the local economy.”

The announcement follows the recent publication of the Heat and Buildings Strategy, which placed a particular emphasis on the use of heat pumps in the delivery of low carbon heat.

Ken Hunnisett, Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management said:

“The Heat and Buildings Strategy made clear that both heat networks and heat pumps are central to the Government’s decarbonisation efforts. So, it is fantastic to see so many schemes already stepping up to combine these solutions in such innovative ways to access heat under our feet, in the air around us, in our waterways and even within our sewerage system. Not only will these inspiring projects deliver carbon savings, but they prove that heat pump technology is adaptable and can contribute to a smarter, more flexible future energy system.”

All four successful heat network schemes announced today utilise heat pump technology and bring the total amount awarded via the Heat Networks Investment Project to over £250 million. The variety of projects that have secured funding really demonstrate the adaptability and flexibility of heat pump technology when deployed in heat networks.

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