UK’s First Large Scale Water Source Heat Pump Claims Finalist Spots

It’s been quite a few months for the Queens Quay Energy Centre on Clydebank.  After winning the European Heat Pump City of the Year award, being shortlisted for the H&V Heat Pump Project, and holding an official opening, the project has been shortlisted in 3 categories of the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2021.

The project was one of over 100 entered into the awards this year and it has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Sustainable Development Award
  • Carbon Reduction Award
  • Outstanding Project Award

Scott Lutton, Operations Director (North) for Vital Energi explains, “For over a hundred years Clydebank has been synonymous with Scottish engineering excellence and we are delighted that this continues into the 21st Century with the project being named as a finalist in three categories.

“This project is a fantastic showcase of how the UK can transform its energy infrastructure to achieve net zero and is a fantastic example to others, especially as the world’s leaders gather in Glasgow for COP26.  We are proud to have worked in partnership with West Dunbartonshire Council, Star Renewables and a host of talented subcontractors and suppliers to deliver this important project.”

The Queens Quay Energy centre houses two 2.65MW water source heat pumps which takes water from the River Clyde, extracts the latent heat, and distributes heat throughout the 23-hectare site via a 5km underground district heating network.  When completed, the scheme will serve over 1,200 homes, businesses and organisations and, at full build out the project will deliver circa 5,705 tonnes of CO2 reduction per year due to grid decarbonisation.

The network was “futureproofed” to accommodate further growth and there is potential to expand beyond Queens Quay over a number of phases with future planned connections including Golden Jubilee Hospital, Clyde Shopping Centre and Dalmuir Flats.

Ian Spencer, Vital Energi’s Technical Director of Product Development explains, “This project is at the cutting edge of technology for several reasons and one of the most exciting is the installation of vTherm°e HIU and the Glass App which together collects and analyses data from the heat network to identify opportunities for improvement and deliver increased efficiencies.

“As the project grows in size, that increases the number of connections and continues to benefit from smart data collection and analysis, it will continue to further decarbonise and help West Dunbartonshire Council on their net zero journey.”

The Queens Quay project has already won the European Heat Pump Association’s Heat Pump City of the Year award and is currently shortlisted for the upcoming H&V Awards Heat Pump Project of the Year.