Tees Valley to study waste energy heat
All new housing in the Tees Valley area could be heated by waste energy from the area’s heavy industry, under a new plan by the area’s leaders.
Housing market renewal pathfinder Tees Valley Living is planning to invest about £100,000 of government growth point funding into a study on how the waste heat from estuary factories could heat homes.
Renewable energy group Renew Tees Valley is already carrying out a feasibility study into the use of the waste heat.
The extra cash would fund an expansion to look at the issues around housing.
Pathfinder director Jim Johnsone said the plan could mean new homes in most Tees Valley area are heated by the factories, which are keen to improve their green credentials.
‘In the future we believe we have got enough sources of waste heat around the estuary to supply every new house within a 50 km radius,’ he said.Homes would need other backup sources and an ability to switch between them supplies of waste heat could fluctuate, he added.
The Tees Valley region has been allotted £6.18 million of growth point funding to expand its housing and infrastructure over the next two years.