MSP Pays Visit to ‘Extraordinary’ Heat from Waste Water Project

13 March 2018
MSP visits heat from waste water project

First of Its Kind

MSP Claudia Beamish hails Borders College heat from waste water project as 'extraordinary' renewable energy solution.

Borders College was delighted to welcome local MSP Claudia Beamish to its Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels recently when she paid a visit to the College's award-winning heat from waste water project site.  

Ms Beamish, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Land Reform and Climate Change has been finding out first-hand about the various renewable energy solutions. 

The first of its kind in the UK, the project launched in December 2015 and has already enjoyed significant success, scooping two national industry awards, Best Newcomer at the Green Gown Awards 2017, and Best Innovation Award at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2017.  The system operates by extracting residual heat from waste water in the sewage system, converting it into reusable energy which is capable of providing 95% of the heat needed for the campus.  

Scottish Water Horizons played a key role in turning the project into a reality, facilitating access to the Scottish Water sewerage network and ensuring that there was no negative impact to the local waste water treatment works. 

Donald MacBrayne, Business Development Manager at Scottish Water Horizons said: “Scottish Water Horizons are always looking for ways to support renewable energy initiatives and Scottish Government targets.  The installation at Borders College is an excellent example of how we can further Scotland’s low-carbon economy by maximising the potential found in Scottish Water assets. 

“We were thrilled to be present for Ms Beamish’s visit and share with her the benefits that the scheme has brought to the college, as well as the opportunities to roll out further systems throughout Scotland.” 

Pete Smith, Vice Principal for Finance and Corporate Services said: “Borders College is delighted that Claudia was able to spend time to find out about this innovative system.  Not only does it provide a low-carbon heat source for the campus, it is a low-cost alternative to traditional heat sources and provides a level of price certainty throughout the 20 year period of our heat supply agreement.” 

Russ Burton, Chief Operating Officer of SHARC Energy Systems, added: “We are delighted our work with Borders College has come to the attention of Ms Beamish. 

“It is an honour to be able to demonstrate how strong relationships, shared vision and great working partnerships can come together to make a significant impact for all of the parties involved. 

Ms Beamish herself found her visit extremely informative, describing the project as ‘extraordinary’: "It’s exciting to see, as with all new green energy technologies moving towards commercialisation, there is a very strong value in seeing demonstration projects that are excellent models in renewable heat. 

“Renewable heat technology is commonplace in much of Europe.  In Scotland, I want to see confidence increase in how we bring heat and light to our buildings.  There are opportunities in the future to share this kind of development to tackle fuel poverty, as well as lower carbon emissions."