November 2015

Renewable Heat Project Enters Second Phase

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Eunomia is working on the second phase of delivery for an inter-seasonal renewable heat storage project in Bristol, which has now been awarded capital funding 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.

In Phase 1, building on Eunomia’s expertise in life-cycle assessment (LCA), heat technologies and financial modelling, we supported the consortium to conduct a feasibility study, and will now use data gathered from actual plant operation to build upon this work and to develop the business plan for the facility.

The project has been granted planning permission and is being 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 is working closely with Easton Community Centre and Easton Energy Group at the proposed site in Bristol.