Waste heat from computer data centres to warm UK homes

Waste heat from computer data centres is set to provide heating and hot water to more than 10,000 UK homes.

Five projects across London, Watford, Suffolk and Lancaster will receive a share of nearly £65 million from the Green Heat Network Fund.

One of the projects will see Lancaster University fully decarbonise its campus by waste heat and will receive over £21 million in support for a new low-carbon heat network.

The heat network will supply heat to the university campus using a large heat pump, powered by a new solar farm and existing wind turbine.

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Energy security secretary Claire Coutinho said: “We are investing in the technologies of the future so that families across the country will now be able to warm their homes with low-carbon, recycled heat – while creating thousands of new skilled jobs.”

Minister for energy efficiency and green finance Lord Callanan said: “Keeping homes warm with waste heat from technology is a glimpse into the future – and demonstrates just how innovative this country can be when it comes to reducing our carbon emissions.

“The £65 million we’ve awarded today will help spread this success across the country, by rolling out innovative low-carbon heating to help to drive down energy bills and deliver our net zero goal.”

The transition to heat networks forms a major part of the UK’s carbon reduction commitment, with heating in buildings making up 30% of all UK emissions.

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