Sewage poo power may help heat more than 2,000 homes

26th February 2021 | Recycling

Thames Water says the project may provide green heating to more than 2,000 homes in Kingston in Greater London. Thousands of homes could be heated by waste from their local sewage works as part of England’s first “poo power” scheme. Thames Water says its project has the potential to provide clean, green heating to more than 2,000 new homes within the Cambridge Road Estate in Kingston.

It is expected to become a model for similar schemes elsewhere in the UK in a bid to reduce millions of tonnes of carbon emissions, the company says. The Government and Greater London Authority have funded feasibility studies and design work for the scheme over the past two years. An application has now been made to the Government for capital funding, with the result expected to be formally announced in March.

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Sarah Bentley, chief executive officer at Thames Water, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Kingston Council, offering low carbon energy to a new housing development near to our works. This is ground breaking. It’s a first for England and shows we are serious about reducing carbon in the borough.

Caroline Kerr, leader of Kingston Council said, “Renewable heat from our sewer network is a fantastic resource, so it’s vital we are a leading player in energy transition and unlock the full potential of ‘poo power’. “Protecting and enhancing the environment is extremely important to us, and we have committed to doing all we can to find new and innovative ways to achieve our net zero ambitions over the next 10 years.

“We’re already self-generating substantial amounts of renewable energy across our vast estate, meeting around a quarter of our total electricity needs, and are confident innovative district heating schemes like this will offer many more opportunities to ensure we leave our planet in a better place for future generations.”

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