Bristol receives £10 million to expand its low-carbon heat networks

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Bristol City Council has received £10 million in funding from the government to expand the city’s low-carbon heat networks.

The Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP) will help to broaden the low carbon heat networks in the city. This will allow more properties in Bristol to receive low-carbon heat. What’s more, this will act as a replacement for buildings that require individual heating systems by using heat that is recovered from industry and renewable sources to power homes.

Bristol’s existing heat network currently provides low-carbon heat to over 1,000 properties. With this funding, new areas across the city can receive the same service. Part of the expansion will also include a new large water-source heat pump that will produce zero-carbon heat from Bristol’s floating harbour. The network will also reuse waste heat from the University of Bristol’s new campus development.

There have also been proposals made for a new energy centre that will use heat from the main sewer as well as any waste heat that comes from the area’s former mine infrastructure area.

Cllr Kye Dudd, cabinet member for energy and transport, said: “Our Bristol heat network has such a vital role to play in our city’s journey to carbon neutrality.

“The council has invested over £7m in this infrastructure over the last five years and will continue to expand the network to serve new communities with low-carbon heat.

“This new funding is so welcome to support the growth of the network and will enable us to innovate with new technology that will provide zero-carbon heat to a number of new developments in the city.

“It’s also very exciting to see fossil fuel infrastructure like the Bedminster coal mine being considered for use to provide zero-carbon heat for the future, another example of Bristol’s ability to find pioneering ways to tackle the climate emergency.”

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