Star Team up with Strathclyde University to Demystify Water Source Heat Pumps at All-Energy 2018

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Dave Pearson

Director of Star Renewable Energy

A virtual reality simulation of the water source heat pump to be installed in the Gorbals for District Heating, will immerse attendees of the All-Energy event into a 3D world where the the heatpump can be touched and walked on. 

The All-Energy Exhibition and Conference is coming to Glasgow this week, and one of Scotland’s most innovative renewable energy companies will be there to showcase its low carbon heat pump technology.

 Star Renewable Energy will be on hand at the esteemed annual event to talk about its renewable water source heat pumps for district heating and industrial purposes. Taking place on 2nd and 3rd May 2018 at SEC Glasgow, the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference brings together over 7,000 professionals from the renewable and low carbon energy industry.

 As part of the exhibition, Star took advice from the DMEM department at Strathclyde University in Glasgow to develop a virtual reality simulation of a heat pump to display. The VR simulation depicts a large water source heat pump for district heating in the river Clyde and its enclosure, as a realistic interpretation of the Gorbals installation which will be developed by Glasgow City Council. The 2.5MW heat pump will harvest heat from the river water to provide low carbon, affordable heating and hot water to homes and businesses in the Gorbals area from December 2018.

 Dave Pearson, Director of Star Renewable Energy said ahead of the conference, “Since First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the LCITP funding last year, we’ve been busy detailing our plans for the Gorbals as works could begin on site as early as next month.

 “We’re thrilled to be attending the All-Energy event here in Scotland and thank the university for their advice on the creation of the interactive simulation of the water source heat pump, which will lead to further understanding of the technology and help us promote this low carbon alternative to central heating powered by gas.

 “The design of the Gorbals water source heat pump is so complex that more than being just a toy, the VR model lets us inspect the plan up close. I strongly urge any attendees to come and see what it looks like at our stand-G21. We’ll use it in schools afterwards as well.”

 As part of the virtual simulation there is an anagram, which attendees can take part in to enter a competition. If the anagram is deciphered correctly, the attendee will be entered into a prize draw to win an Apple watch.

 The district heating network in Glasgow, designed by SRE, is expected to deliver immediate 50% carbon reductions by providing over 80% of the buildings’ heat requirements. The heat pump development has been funded by the Low Carbon Infrastructure Investment Fund and the District Heating Loan Fund, to offer cheap heat and allow businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.

 Pearson added, “The water source heat pump, which is likely to be the largest inner city example in Britain, will save over 50% of the CO2 emissions and will reduce the local NOx emissions -that lead to asthma and other health problems - by 100%. More than 30% of a cities NOx can be from burning gas so the challenge is just with vehicle emissions.”

 The All-Energy event takes place at The Scottish Events Campus (SEC) which is on the banks of the river Clyde – where the water source heat pump is currently being deployed. Star Renewable Energy will be exhibiting on 2nd and 3rd May at stand G21.

 For more information about the All-Energy Exhibition and Conference 2018 or to book attendance visit: https://www.all-energy.co.uk/

 To find out more about Star Renewable Energy and the company’s groundbreaking district heating projects, visit: http://www.neatpumps.com/