Glasgow-based Star Renewable Energy has been named as a finalist in the Global Game Changers Awards 2017.
The inventor of the world’s largest zero carbon heat pump is in the running for the Corporates for Good award at the event at Glasgow Science Centre on 13 September.
SRE's planned project on the River Clyde, the UK's largest inner-city water source heat pump for district heating, is set to reduce carbon emissions and cut the nitrous oxide footprint of the Gorbals by 100%.
Dave Pearson, Director of SRE, said: “It is wonderful to be nominated for a Global Game Changer Award and for SRE to achieve recognition for its revolutionary heating projects. We have always believed it is the responsibility of corporates to deliver new business models which will tackle the problem of climate change, and our investment in clean, low carbon heat is our fundamental approach. At Star we are motivated by innovation and sustainability.''
The Corporates for Good award will be presented to a company which has adopted pioneering practices with a focus on the environment. Nominees are making a major impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through technology or services.
After recognising that neither the government nor the end user alone are able to make the shift from burning gas, SRE felt the answer was to offer cleaner and cheaper heat at no extra cost to the end user. SRE focuses on harvesting waste heat from industrial processes and the environment using a technique that, while pitched in 1852 by Lord Kelvin, has not been deployed on a wide scale in the UK. Star’s water source heat pumps are proven to deliver the same heat and hot water to customers while offering a much lower carbon footprint of around 50% now but falling further as the electricity grid decarbonises.
In what it will be a UK first, SRE’s latest water source heat pump project for district heating will extract water from the Clyde and supply residents of the Gorbals in Glasgow with heat and hot water but with less of the associated carbon emissions and 0% of the local Nitrous Oxide footprint.
Pearson added: “The government is committed to ‘clean air’ but the policy is missing the fact that heat is also core to the problem. Transport is a factor in the nation’s carbon footprint, however 30% of NOx emissions are from heating systems, so perhaps only banning petrol and diesel cars by 2040 won't be as effective as also investing in clean heat. We want to future-proof the heat sector and our systems prove that it’s possible.”
“There isn’t a bigger aspect of climate challenge than energy and there isn’t a bigger segment of energy than heat. There isn’t a more robust, scalable or demonstrably 2050-ready technology capable to deliver zero carbon heat than SRE’s water source heat pumps.”