On the site of the former John Brown’s shipyard and as part of the £250 million Queen’s Quay regeneration project, heat pump technology will extract heat from the waters of the Clyde to heat local homes and businesses. It seems, Lord Kelvin suggested the idea first in 1852 but it’s still being referred to as ‘pioneering.’ That’s been a very long ‘flash to bang’ to get ‘a head of steam up’ as those of us still using metaphors from the ages of sail and steam might say. If it works well there will be more built.
In Energy Voice today, the system is explained:
‘Though pioneering, Heat pump technology works in a similar way to an air conditioner or refrigerator transferring air from one place to another; heat pumps usually draw heat from the cooler external air or from the ground and convert it into warm air which is then transferred to another location, such as a house or office block.’
Though quite a small project, in itself, it’s another in what is becoming a flood of renewables projects across Scotland, large and small, which suggest 100% sustainable renewables energy generation is possible well before the target of 2030. If you search this blog for ‘renewables’, you’ll find more than 50 reports (!) including this one: