Eunomia has been working with Bristol renewable technologies company, CEPRO, along with ICAX and the University of Bath, to conduct a feasibility study on an innovative new renewable heat system for a Bristol community, as part of the ‘Heat Networks Demonstrator’ project funded by DECC.
The technology is a modular heat and power Energy Centre that will capture summer heat with air source heat pumps and charge an inter-seasonal borehole thermal energy store, and supply heat in winter via district heat networks.
Building on Eunomia’s expertise in life-cycle assessment (LCA), heat technologies and financial modelling, we have been supported the consortium to conduct a feasibility study, and now to develop the business plan for the facility.
The project has got capital funding from DECC, and is currently seeking planning permission to be installed in a park in Bristol, supplying heat initially to a local Community Centre with the potential to also supply local households. This fully operational pilot facility will provide real-world validation of the energy, cost and carbon savings modelled as part of the feasibility study.
Adam Baddeley, Eunomia’s Head of Energy, said:
At Eunomia we believe it’s important to help support and develop innovative and viable business models in energy storage and local energy supply. Especially in this Bristol Green Capital Year, we’re pleased to work with members of Bristol’s vibrant low carbon innovation sector and help bring this promising technology to the city.
The CHOICES project combines pioneering inter-seasonal heat storage technology from renewable heat company ICAX, energy-vector research from the University of Bath, CEPRO’s operations, monitoring and billing platform and carbon LCA and economic analysis by Eunomia. The team are working closely with Easton Community Centre and Easton Energy Group at the proposed site in Bristol.