Bristol City Council has received a £10mn government grant to help expand the city’s heat networks to more communities, boosting Bristol’s shift to carbon neutrality.
The council explained that the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP) funding would involve the city’s heat network broadened, replacing the need for individual buildings to have their own heating systems. It also confirmed that its cabinet meeting had approved the establishment of a new company governance structure as one of the conditions of the grant, with two reports relating to the council’s low carbon heat networks receiving approval as well.
Part of the network expansion will see the creation of a large-water source heat pump that produces zero carbon heat from Bristol’s floating harbour. Another section will use waste heat from the University of Bristol’s new campus development. The project will be the first of its kind for the council and will result in the largest water-source heat pump in the country.
Elsewhere, it was confirmed feasibility and design is to commence on the Bedminster branch of the heat network which will initially supply low carbon heat to new developments being built in that area of Bristol, along with existing buildings. An energy centre is also being proposed that will use heat from the adjacent main sewer in addition to potential waste heat from the former mine infrastructure in the area.