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Splash To Save Cash - Swimming Pool Heated By Waste Water

Aqualibrium leisure centre Campbeltown
04th May 2018
 

A swimming pool is at the forefront of a renewable energy investment that creates heat from waste water to save on bills.

In the first project to be delivered by a new joint venture between Scottish Water Horizons and East Midlands-based SHARC Energy Systems and one of the first of its kind in the UK, Campbeltown’s Aqualibrium leisure centre will be heated by the use of groundbreaking technology which places a focus on sustainability.

The centre and swimming pool is operated by Argyll & Bute Council and the £1 million project will meet 95 per cent of the facility’s heating needs and use just 25 per cent of the energy it currently takes to heat it with gas.

The state of the art installation will intercept waste water from Scottish Water’s adjacent Kinloch Park Pumping Station. The technology will extract the naturally occurring residual heat, amplify it and transfer it to the clean water network to provide heating to the leisure centre.

The new heat recovery system will be integrated into the council’s existing heating infrastructure.

The energy system will heat the 25-metre swimming pool, fitness suite, steam room, sauna and library in the centre.

 

Delivery

Expected to be completed by November. The Campbeltown project is being funded by Scottish Water Horizons and the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.

Donald MacBrayne, Scottish Water Horizons Business Development Manager, said: “We are actively exploring ways in which we can utilise Scottish Water assets to facilitate green technology and through the joint venture with SHARC Energy Systems delivering heat from waste water systems and the fantastic low-carbon benefits which are generated."

Russ Burton, Chief Operating Officer of SHARC Energy Systems, said: “We have long thought that leisure centres are a great opportunity for heat pump technology.

“Every day Scottish Water treats 945 million litres of waste water. It’s a valuable resource that we can tap into to support Scottish Government in their ambitious decarbonisation targets.”

Picture: Campbeltown’s Aqualibrium leisure centre will be heated by heat from waste water.

 

Article written by Brian Shillibeer – published 04th May 2018

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