Madrid, July 3, 2023.
The plant plans to feed the network with 100,000 MWh that will supply 3,000 homes, educational centers and shops
The Millerhill Recycling and Energy Recovery Center (CRRE) operated by FCC Environment, a subsidiary of FCC Environmental Services in the United Kingdom, will supply heat to the first community heating network in the county of Midlothian (Scotland). This year alone, the plant plans to feed the network with 100,000 MWh that will supply 3,000 homes, educational centers and businesses, and that will prevent the emission of more than 2,500 tons of CO2, the equivalent of taking 1,200 cars off the road. The Vattenfall company Heat UK and Midlothian City Council collaborate in the Midlothian Energy Limited Joint Venture to capture heat energy from the Millerhill CRRE, energy that would otherwise be wasted. The pipes in this initial phase will be around four kilometers in length and will transport heat to provide a low-carbon, cost-effective source of heating and hot water to homes in the city of Shawfair, creating energy networks that can reduce emissions by up to 90% compared to individual gas boilers installed in each home. Additionally, eliminating reliance on fossil fuels to heat homes and businesses protects customers from market volatility. The scheme will benefit from up to £7.3m (around €8.5m) from the Scottish Government's Low Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Project. This initial supply of heat will be the catalyst for a further regional grid wide that will extend to the south of Edinburgh and East Lothian. The Shawfair project is a key element of Midlothian Energy Limited's five-year plan to supply more than 30,000 homes with low-carbon heating and start-up other energy projects. Since 2019, the Millerhill CRRE converts household and commercial waste into recyclable in heat and electricity. The plant was developed by FCC Environment together with the councils of Edinburgh and Midlothian with an investment of 142 million pounds (approximately 165.14 million euros) to design, finance, build and manage the facility for a period of 25 years. Currently, the plant diverts 155,000 tons of non-recyclable waste from the landfill each year. According to Paul Taylor, the company's general manager, "the facility is an essential component in the combined commitment of the town councils to help achieve the Scottish Government's Zero Waste objective". FCC Environment is a key player in the energy recovery of the Kingdom Kingdom, where for example its Eastcroft energy recovery facility in Nottingham (England) supplied 357,962 MWht of steam power in 2021 and has been feeding the city's heating network since 1972.
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