Green Heat Technical Workshops provide a platform for like-minded individuals to come together to share information, stimulate ideas and create connections in order to achieve both short-term and long-term UK net zero goals.
To meet Scotland’s net zero targets, the transition to low carbon heating adoption will be an important element. Heat pumps and associated heat networks are key technology components to be deployed at scale and pace to meet the current target adopted by the Scottish Government.
What should Scotland’s Green Heat Hub look like?
To support this, Scottish Enterprise and the regional economic development agencies in Highlands and Islands Enterprise and South of Scotland Enterprise, have issued the “Green Heat Hub Challenge” to encourage organisations to come forward with proposals satisfying Scotland’s Green Heat Hub objectives.
Since 2022, BE-ST, NMIS and PNDC have worked together to respond to this challenge and are currently in the second stage of this process. To understand the challenges and opportunities faced by industry around deploying low carbon heating, a series of workshops to engage companies and academic organisations has been organised to discuss how ‘Scotland’s Green Heat Hub’ is able to provide support as well as create opportunities for the low carbon transition.
Pure energy (REGen) Ltd.’s CEO, Alan MacLeod and Graduate Energy Engineer, Yashodhara Bose attended ‘Deploying green heat at scale workshop’ at The Studio in Glasgow along with other Green Heat stakeholders from Scottish Enterprise, Howden Group, Kensa Heat Pumps, Community Energy Scotland, and other organisations.
The attendees of the workshop completed a virtual survey via the “Mentimeter” software with results simultaneously shown on the projector screens.
To initiate further conversations, the attendees were divided into teams and asked to present and prioritise ideas demonstrating how an effective “Green Heat Hub” would operate, addressing green heat transition challenges e.g., industry skill levels, supply chain management, regional nuances, and platform to manufacture, test and promote low carbon technologies.
The organisers of the event noted all areas discussed during the workshop and will prepare a report to present to Scottish Enterprise addressing net zero heating targets.
Green Heat Geothermal Workshop – 29th March, 2023
To deliver significant emissions reductions, Scotland needs to decarbonise heating and cooling. By 2045, the Scottish government targets require that over 1 million homes and 50K non-domestic properties must switch to low emissions systems such as geothermal energy.
Scotland can become a major player in this sector as there is a potential availability of 600 km³ of disused mineworking in the Midland Valley which can theoretically meet 8% of Scotland’s domestic heating requirement and up to 40% of Glasgow’s heat demand.
Scotland can become a major player in the Geothermal energy sector.
Scottish Enterprise organised an interactive workshop on minewater heat to provide the opportunity for a range of organisations across Scotland to build relationships and share innovative ideas to address the barriers and accelerate the roll out and adoption of minewater as a heat source.
Pure energy (REGen) Ltd.’s Graduate Energy Engineer, Yashodhara Bose attended the ‘Green Heat Geothermal Workshop’ in Glasgow along with minewater geothermal energy stakeholders from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, British Geological Survey, The Coal Authority, academic institutions, and other SMEs associated with geothermal energy.
Eureka Europe coordinated and facilitated the workshop on behalf of Scottish Enterprise. In order to generate good ideas during the workshop, the attendees participated in a pre-workshop activity to provide relevant material to unlock the full potential of minewater geothermal energy via “collaboration café” located within the ‘Jump start your brain’ website.
During the subject Workshop, each attendee was provided with a workbook and asked to note down thoughts with respect to minewater geothermal, list ideas post stimulus presentation, consider associated risks and discuss about in groups in order to receive feedback on ideas feasibility.
At the end of each Workshop activity stage, attendees completed a ‘Yellow card’ including their innovation name, customer/stakeholder problems and benefits through the innovation life cycle, including basis of innovation, economic model, and associated risks.
All ‘Yellow Cards’ were collected at completion of the Workshop to be used to generate a formal Report. Innovative ideas produced during the Workshop included; Integrated and smart energy systems, cluster group, low-cost and low-carbon drilling approach, incentivised funding schemes and workforce R&D.
Workshops like these enable all relevant stakeholders to share their knowledge, initiate collaborations and find potential solutions to solve the challenges associated with accelerating the uptake of green heat for all UK homes and buildings and meet both Scotland’s and the United Kingdom’s stated net zero targets.
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