Bristol Heat Network Set for a Lower-Carbon Future

Bristol’s heat network will enter a new stage of decarbonisation when the Castle Park heat pump begins generating low-carbon heat and we’re delighted that the new year has brought a series of major milestones.

The project team have so far installed the abstraction platform, which is responsible for the intake of harbour water, thermal store and, most recently, the delivery of the 32-tonne packaged plant room which will house the water distribution pumps, which circulate low carbon hot water from the water source heat pump within the energy centre.

The Castle Park project represents a significant investment and is being delivered in partnership between Goram Homes, Bristol City Council and Vital Energi and will supply 3MW of green heat into the network which already supplies heating and hot water to 1,000 properties.

This is a very exciting project as it demonstrates that you can harness the latest, cutting-edge technology and integrate it into existing heat networks. By using the latent heat in the harbour we can provide the people of Bristol with lower carbon heat and hot water and take another step towards making Bristol a net zero city.

Scott Lutton, Operations Director North & Scotland, Vital Energi

The 3MW water source heat pump will take water from the nearby floating harbour and use it to generate low-carbon heat and hot water for the residents of Bristol via the existing Bristol heat network.

As part of the heat pumps development, people enjoying the north side of the park may notice warm air being ejected away from the energy centre. This is due to the installation of Dry Air Coolers which allow the heat from the pump to be dissipated into the air while the energy centre is being built. The scaffolding will be erected on the 28th Jan 2022, with the units being delivered and set up on the 31st Jan 2022. The units will be fenced off in the park and the warm air will be ejected away from the energy centre towards the north of the park. They will be there for approximately 6-8 weeks in total.

More information on the Bristol City Council’s heat network can be found on their Energy Service website.

Take a look at the progress pictures here