This project has been completed as part of the MSc in Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment at the University of Strathclyde.

The project looks at the possibility of using the surplus electricity from the wind turbines currently installed on the Islands of Orkney to power a district heating scheme in the town of Kirkwall.

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Put simply, the district heating scheme is designed to provide heating to selected buildings in the town using an electrode boiler in partnership with a large thermal store. This includes a distribution network of steel pipes and individual heat exchangers within each building. The project will also include a detailed financial analysis of the DH network to investigate its viability under two main scenarios.

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General background reading on district heating:

  • N. A. Martin, W. Spence. (2010). Lerwick district heating scheme Shetland Islands, UK.
  • Hughes, L. (2009). Meeting residential space heating demand with wind-generated electricity. Dalhousie University. Nova Scotia: Energy Research Group. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Bard Skagestad, Peter Mildenstein. District Heating and Cooling Connection Handbook. Programme of Research, Development and Demonstration on District Heating and Cooling. International Energy Agency.
  • Gaillot, Olivier. Dublin District Heating Project. IEMA. 2008
  • Orkney Islands Council (2010). A Sustainable Energy Strategy for Orkney. An environmental report. Orkney Islands.
  • Faber Maunsell, A. (2009). The potential and cost of District Heating Networks. A report to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Oxford: Poyry Energy Ltd.


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