SSE Energy Solutions explores sustainable heat project with University of Warwick

SSE Energy Solutions have announced that it is exploring the feasibility of supplying the University of Warwick with low-carbon sustainable heat from a shallow geothermal ground source.

SSE is coordinating a programme to drill test boreholes at two different locations on campus and is carrying out various tests throughout the process to validate the feasibility of a scheme that will use ground source heat pumps to provide sustainable heat.

If these tests prove successful, sub-surface ground water with all-year-round consistent temperature could supply two energy-efficient ground source heat pump energy centres for both the University’s existing heat network and new developments on campus.

The project involves tapping into the earth’s natural thermal energy, a completely renewable and green energy source, at depths of up to 350 metres. This could help the University of Warwick achieve its 2030 net zero target by reducing the natural gas currently burned to provide heat.

As part of the study, SSE Energy Solutions is working with the University of Warwick to establish the best low-carbon solution, through technology selection and a phased, modular approach.

In managing this feasibility project, SSE Energy Solutions hopes the eventual outputs could be replicable across other UK campuses if successful, helping the higher education sector to decarbonise more affordably.

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