Vancouver-based Sharc International Systems’ wastewater heat recovery technology extracts the natural warmth contained within wastewater and transfers the heat to the clean side of a heating system via a heat exchange mechanism.

Wastewater heat recovery project generates heating and cooling for Clyde Gateway

Vancouver-based Sharc International Systems Inc. announced on Tuesday that the Company’s UK subsidiary, SHARC Energy Systems, has begun construction work on a wastewater heat recovery project in Scotland.

The project will generate the heating and cooling services for Clyde Gateway, an 840 hectare regeneration program located in Glasgow, Scotland. It will provide an initial 2MW of capacity, with room to expand further as the development grows.

“Clyde Gateway has a commitment to delivering low carbon energy solutions that will benefit our local communities and businesses who are located here, so getting this innovative project under way is great news for the area,” said Ian Manson, the Chief Executive of Clyde Gateway.

As part of the project, SHARC Energy has entered into a working agreement with Scottish Water Horizons which will allow the company to tap in to the utility’s nearby sewers.

The company’s technology extracts the natural warmth contained within this water and transfers the heat to the clean side of the heating system via a heat exchange mechanism. The recovered heat is then amplified via heat pumps to generate the appropriate temperatures for use in all types of buildings.

Russ Burton, the Chief Operating Officer of SHARC Energy Systems, said “This project will enable us to further demonstrate our contribution to the Scottish Government’s ambitious and exciting energy decarbonization and transition strategy, aimed at developing a low carbon economy for Scotland.”

The project offers reduced carbon emissions and protection against energy shortages as wastewater is an inexhaustible resource.

Clyde Gateway staff will monitor and maintain all the SHARC units required to serve the site, enabling occupiers to have direct contact with their energy provider.

According to SHARC Energy, the system will integrate Solar PV, Battery Storage, Micro CHP and thermal stores into the project to help reduce the system’s reliance on grid electricity.

It will also demonstrate that by integrating technologies, heat pump systems can be an efficient alternative to the traditional combustion-based heating model currently in use.

“With heat accounting for more than 50 per cent of Scotland’s total energy use, it has never been more important to explore low-carbon, sustainable solutions to support our economy and protect our environment,” said Paul Kerr, Head of Scottish Water Horizons.

While SHARC’S system uses electricity to operate and generate heat, its idea to integrate on-site power generation means the system will also create its own electricity and will sell any surplus back to the grid.

And by integrating battery and thermal storage technologies on site, SHARC Energy says it will be able to avoid buying grid electricity during peak periods, when the price is highest.