Bournemouth Borough Council has joined together with Mouchel to investigate the possibility of introducing a new heat network to Bournemouth City.
The network, which would be similar to those in Copenhagen and Southampton, has already won an £81,000 grant from the Department of Energy and Climate Change to fund the research.
Whilst similar heat networks have been strongly utilised in other countries, at current they provide less than 2% towards the UK’s heat demand.
So far the options considered include heating water through the use of a combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, or perhaps through the use of underground springs which through means of an underground grid would be delivered to homes.
The DECC are strong supporters of these networks after an assessment in 2009 showed them to be a cost-effect and viable producers of energy.
Roger Ball, Director for Environment and Regeneration at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “Introducing a heat network to Bournemouth would reduce carbon emissions by using efficient energy sources, create local jobs to run the network and boost regeneration by making it easier for potential developers to economically meet their own carbon targets.”
Dale Wood, Partnership Director for Mouchel Bournemouth added: “Experts from Mouchel’s Carbon Management Centre in Bournemouth have worked with the Council to apply for this funding and will be undertaking the feasibility study on their behalf. If the scheme is shown to be feasible and commercially viable, it represents a huge potential for investment into the town, and will help to build a better Bournemouth, economically and environmentally.”
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