Heat recovery has a part to play in the Dwr Uisce project for a more energy efficient water sector. As such, a member of the Dwr Uisce team, Dr John Gallagher from Bangor University, attended a pre-consultation on the future of heat recovery in the UK which took place in London on Tuesday December 7th and was organised by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
In 2014, the Industrial Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency Roadmaps to 2050 identified 48 TWh of potential for waste heat recovery in 8 key energy sectors. The proposed programme for Recoverable Heat Support will be delivered in the coming years to support businesses financially in delivering feasibility assessments and implementing technology solutions to promote heat recovery in the UK. The programme will cooperate with other energy efficiency UK initiatives, such as the Heat Networks Investment Project, so that the UK can deliver targets set out in their energy efficiency roadmaps for 2050.
For the Dwr Uisce project, the main points highlighted to BEIS was ensuring the smaller organisations in Wales can access this support for funding feasibility studies and installing technologies for heat recovery. In addition, the environmental impacts associated with waste discharge presents unknown challenges that needs to be considered in the feasibility of these projects.
The Dwr Uisce project is funded through the ERDF Interreg Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme (2014-2020).