£83,000 grant to study incinerator heating scheme

Banbury Cake: The Ardley incinerator The Ardley incinerator

A COUNCIL has won an £83,000 Government grant to see if the Ardley incinerator can heat eco homes.

Cherwell District Council had asked for £144,000 for a feasibility study to use steam from the Ardley incinerator to heat 6,000 homes and businesses.

The council will use the cash to look at installing a specialist pipe system between the incinerator and the eco settlement to transfer heat to homes.

Sustainability charity BioRegional and Cherwell will work together on it. Nigel Morris, lead member for clean and green, said: “The core foundation of the north west Bicester eco-town is to create sustainable living. By recycling wasted heat to provide low carbon energy for homes, this project fits that criteria perfectly.

“However, while the idea works in principle, the practicalities of this scheme need to be investigated further and this money will enable us to do that before we proceed.”

The incinerator, which will burn up to 300,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste and generate enough electricity for the National Grid to power more than 38,000 homes, has planning approval at Ardley for 30 years.

The study will also look at alternative heat sources in case the incinerator’s planning consent is not renewed.

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7:16pm Sat 15 Feb 14

nat-obz says...

Is this heat low carbon? It would be better to have built this incinerator in an industrial area so that all the heat is able to be used. If you have the highest standards of sustainable homes in terms of insulation how many hours a year would this heat be actually used? And what is the embodied carbon to build the EFW plant including the energy in the materials to make it as well as the plant people and energy on site first for the plant itself then the heat network?
Is this heat low carbon? It would be better to have built this incinerator in an industrial area so that all the heat is able to be used. If you have the highest standards of sustainable homes in terms of insulation how many hours a year would this heat be actually used? And what is the embodied carbon to build the EFW plant including the energy in the materials to make it as well as the plant people and energy on site first for the plant itself then the heat network? nat-obz

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