Viridor is in talks with E.on to develop a district heating system via its energy from waste plant at Trident Park in Cardiff.
Viridor said that, although at an early stage, discussions with the energy company and Cardiff Council were looking at how to supply buildings in Central Cardiff areas with non-fossil fuel heating or cooling via its planned combined heat and power (CHP) facility.
The plant will be able to treat up to 350,000 tonnes of mostly residual household waste with some from local businesses.
Chris Jonas, Viridor’s head of strategic development, said: “In addition to the 30MW of electricity the facility will generate, enough to supply the equivalent of up to 50,000 homes, the heat and high-grade steam to support a district heating network will add an additional 20MW to the plant’s energy output”.
Heat Policy to spur investment
The Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) said it hoped the Government’s forthcoming Heat Policy document would help spur more investment in local energy infrastructure projects.
CHPA chairman Julian Packer said that the policy, which will outline the best ways to support heat networks, must show support for the district heating, and the benefits its implementation could bring to the economy.
District heating roll-out worth £300m
Packer said that following the example of the “focussed approach” to district heating in London would reap rewards elsewhere. He added: “Rolled out across the country we can expect this approach, along with schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation, to stimulate investment of more than £300m in community energy infrastructure over the next few years.”
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is expected to publish its Heat Policy in the next few weeks.