Potential Uses for Waste Heat, NISP/RWE nPower

RWE nPower is developing plans to commission a new coal fired power station at Cambois, Northumberland. Even the latest designs of power station are less than 50% efficient, with the remainder of the energy being lost as heat. A simple way to boost the efficiency of the station is to capture the heat and use it for space heating. This cuts the need for separate boilers to heat the buildings, cutting carbon emissions from the system as a whole.

Terra Infirma carried out a scoping study to identify potential users of waste heat from the plant in SE Northumberland, covering industrial, commercial, municipal, agricultural and horticultural uses. The project was sponsored by the National Industrial Symbiosis Project (NISP). The project identified two potential heat networks linking a series of ‘anchor tenants’ which could make the network economically viable. Further spurs could be added to the main network to add in smaller heat users.

""A superb piece of work!"

Christine Parry, NISP North East

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