Crematorium in cheap energy plan
ANEW heating scheme to distribute cheaper energy to homes and businesses could tap into heat from Macclesfield Crematorium.
Cheshire East Council is looking at options to develop ‘district heating schemes’ in Macclesfield which would pump hot water or steam into properties.
District heating schemes allow families to have hot water and heating from a community energy network rather than using gas or electric.
Hot water is pumped through underground pipes into homes where a specially installed units gives families the same control over the hot water as a boiler. They can use waste heat from buildings or industry so the schemes are said to provide more sustainable energy and cheaper bills.
A report for the council identifies three areas which could have the schemes – the town centre around Market Place, an area around the hospital and land north of Prestbury Road in Prestbury.
The report states one option could be for waste heat from Macclesfield Crematorium to provide hot water in the area around the hospital. A similar scheme in Redditch uses waste heat from a cremator chimney to heat a public swimming pool.
The council has now been awarded £40,000 of government money to commission a feasibility study on district heating.
A spokesman said this will focus on the town centre and the council doesn’t yet plan to pay for a study into the hospital area which includes the crematorium.
The spokesman said: “Waste heat from crematoriums is used extensively on the continent and was approved in Redditch and Warwick.
“This is merely raised as an opportunity in the report alongside other energy sources and is something that would need to be looked at in further detail if we decided to go ahead with further feasibility on the cluster around the hospital.”
The council announced this week it is launching a company Cheshire Energy Networks Ltd to develop district heating networks. The council could sell the heat to householders or establish an energy supply company to carry out sales. The distance of a home from the network will determine if it can join but pipes can be run for several kilometres and as the network grows more customers can connect. Businesses or landowners interested in district heating can email renewables@ cheshireeast.gov.uk.
●● An idea to reuse heat from Macclesfield Crematorium has been mooted