Glasgow has around 93 000 households living in fuel poverty. Researchers at Strathclyde University estimate that most of these could be heated with heat pumps built on 367 hectares of landfill sites.
Speaking to Energy Voice, Dr Richard Lord, senior lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering, said:
‘This study suggests there is potential to ease fuel poverty in Glasgow by making use of brownfield land to deploy renewable energy technologies such as ground source heat pumps. Brownfield land is a legacy of industrial retraction in many towns and cities worldwide, where land remains vacant long after it has gone into disuse, and is often a barrier to redevelopment. Using this land for renewable heating is one option that can support development of a low carbon economy and also stimulate regeneration.’
Here’s a brief explanation of how a heat pump on a landfill site would work:
‘The heat pump systems are considered today an environmentally friendly technology and, together with other energy production systems from renewable sources, are fundamental for reducing energy consumption and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions due to air conditioning of buildings. The ground source heat pumps use the ground as a heat source able to provide the better energy performance if compared with more common systems which using air as source. The increase of the temperatures inside the controlled landfills of municipal solid waste (MSW), due to the decomposition of waste materials can make the volume of waste a viable alternative in this context, to be used as a heat source for the production of heat.’
I’m not aware of contradictions to this idea. Maybe some readers are.