University of Strathclyde Students Tour

Five "Design and Delivery of Sustainable Cities” students from the University of Strathclyde recently got a behind the scenes tour of the CHP powered district heating scheme at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village to help them get a better understanding of large scale sustainable energy projects.

The students got an “access all areas” tour, courtesy of Vital Energi’s Scottish team, which started with a video showcasing the low carbon solution, before they were taken around a Show Home and got to examine a Hydraulic Interface Unit which acts as the interface between the district heating and the in home heating and hot water system. 

Their tour guides for the day, Business Development Manager David Park and Project Director Hugh Thompson explained the significant differences between District Heating and traditional heating with respect to the end user before answering the students’ questions.

From there the students moved onto the energy centre where they got to see how the Combined Heat and Power engines and the rest of the plant and equipment worked and the benefits of local generation of heat and power.

Business Development Manager, David Park explains, “These are great opportunities to engage and educate students who will be the future of this industry.  This is a fantastic project and a great case study for sustainable energy and, hopefully, it’s inspired the students to learn more about these technologies and their positive effects on the environment.”

The visit concluded with an explanation of future plans for the Heat Network’s growth and the wider Scottish Government and Glasgow City plans as well as an overview of the Scottish Carbon Targets and the Sustainable Glasgow Target of reducing carbon by 30% across the city.

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