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The District Heating Network (DHN) was installed during 2014-2015 to replace the electric storage and panel heating which was expensive, inefficient and reaching the end of its life.
The system is supplied from our Energy Centre which is located behind Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre. The Energy Centre heats water through a biomass, wood chip fuelled 740kW (685kW continuous output) boiler. This is then pumped around the district heating network providing heat and hot water to over 500 homes. It also provides heat and hot water to our main office building and neighbouring community centre.
The boiler operates in conjunction with a 50,000 litre thermal store. In addition, there are three gas boilers that top-up the heat during peak times and add resilience to the system.
Not only does the system provide affordable heat and hot water to our tenants and service users, it significantly reduces our carbon emissions and is forecast to provide lifetime carbon savings of 48,600 tonnes of CO2 that count towards the ECO Carbon Savings Communities Obligation.