How the Cardiff Low-Carbon Heating Plan works

At Navitron, we advocate any effort to cut back on the use of fossil fuels. We believe that renewable technology and green solutions are the future, and want as many people as possible to share our vision and join our mission.

Governments on a national and local scale have long been aware of the need to support sustainable energy initiatives – whether it’s through the use of solar panels to heat water, heat pumps, or another way of embracing green technology.

One city that has outlined plans to do exactly this is the Welsh capital, Cardiff. This could see the city using the energy generated from burning non-recyclable waste to heat buildings. The move has the potential to reduce energy bills and lower carbon emissions.

How would it work?

A network of underground pipes would be created, carrying heat from the city’s Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility through areas of Cardiff Bay and into the city centre.

The energy recovery facility is owned by Viridor, and the company is working with Cardiff Council to explore opportunities in this space and potentially reduce the city’s carbon emissions by as much as 5,600 tonnes.

Buildings that are connected to the network could see a saving of around 5% when it comes to energy costs.

Who might benefit?

The first planned phase would serve buildings south of the city’s railway line, while a second phase would see buildings to the north and east of the railway line profiting from the heating network.

Buildings earmarked as potentially benefitting include Cardiff Central Library, County Hall and Cardiff Royal Infirmary to name a few.

What stage are things at?

The Welsh Government is aiming for the country’s entire public sector to be carbon neutral by 2030. The planned heating network for Cardiff is very much in keeping with this aim.

The project was publicly backed by Cardiff Council’s cabinet in April this year, and now a full business case will be created.

Funding the project is a factor that needs to be considered. The Council’s cabinet will be asked to contribute £4 million to the project, while the remaining money is likely to come from the Central Government, Welsh Government and the private sector. The total cost amounts to around £26 million.

Additionally, as the network would be built underground, there are also significant logistical elements to consider. But if this vision becomes a reality there will be a number of beneficiaries.

Future Planning

Though there’s a long way to go, it’s really positive to see local governments seeking alternative methods of energy creation.

Such a network would place Cardiff as a city on the forefront of renewable energy in the UK. Other cities could well follow suit with their own initiatives and plans.

If you’re interested in following Cardiff’s lead on a smaller scale, Navitron is an expert in delivering stand-alone off-grid renewable photovoltaic power systems. This allows you to contribute to renewable energy usage, while also cutting down on energy bills.

So whether you’re a homeowner or business director, take a look at the range of renewable energy options Navitron can provide and make a positive move today.

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