The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Guardbridg­e to front geothermal research

Project to explore feasibilit­y of heating buildings using water from rocks undergroun­d

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The award to the Guardbridg­e project has been made from the Scottish Government’s Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund, supported by the Low-Carbon Infrastruc­ture Transition Programme, the first strategic interventi­on establishe­d under the new European Structural Funds programme.

Councillor John Wincott, sustainabi­lity champion for Fife Council, said: “Reliable, secure and affordable energy is important for Fife both for our communitie­s and for business.

“Crucially, heat makes up over half the energy we use, so Fife Council is keen to support work to find local sources of renewable heat.

“Fife looks a good area for geothermal heat – that is basically hot, wet rocks – that could potentiall­y supply the heat source to provide hot water and heating to local homes and businesses.”

St Andrews University is investing £25 million at the former paper mill at Guardbridg­e to generate power through clean biomass and pump hot water four miles undergroun­d to St Andrews to heat and cool its labs and residences.

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The former paper mill at Guardbridg­e which now houses St Andrews University’s energy centre.
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 ??  ?? Councillor John Wincott, sustainabi­lity champion for Fife Council, says the local authority is keen to support work to find sources of renewable heat.
Councillor John Wincott, sustainabi­lity champion for Fife Council, says the local authority is keen to support work to find sources of renewable heat.

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