Star Renewable Energy, the inventor of the world’s largest zero carbon heat pump, has been nominated for an award in Glasgow, where their planned water source heat pump on the River Clyde is set to reduce carbon emissions and cut the nitrous oxide footprint of the Gorbals area by 100 percent.
Glasgow-based Star Renewable Energy has been announced as a finalist for the Corporates for Good award at the Global Game Changers Awards 2017. The winners will be announced at a black tie dinner ceremony on Wednesday September 13 at the Glasgow Science Centre, and the event is set to be attended by some of the country’s most innovative organisations.
The Global Game Changers Awards is organised by Newquest Media and Innovators Magazine and aims to reward sustainability and innovation at an international level across all business sectors. The event recognises young pioneers, collaborations, start-ups, innovation in STEM training, and businesses with a sustainable outlook pressing for cultural change. Star Renewable Energy has pioneered game-changing zero carbon heat pump technology and has delivered carbon footprint reducing solutions in the UK and across the world.
Dave Pearson, director of Star Renewable Energy said: “It is wonderful to be nominated for a Global Game Changer Award and for Star Renewable Energy to achieve recognition for its revolutionary heating projects. We have always believed it is the responsibility of corporates to deliver new business models which will tackle the problem of climate change, and our investment in clean, low carbon heat is our fundamental approach. At Star, we are motivated by innovation and sustainability.”
The Corporates for Good award will be presented to a company which has adopted pioneering practices with a focus on the environment. Nominees are making a major impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through technology or services.
After recognising that neither the government nor the end user alone are able to make the shift from burning gas, Star Renewable Energy knew the answer was to offer cleaner and cheaper heat at no extra cost to the end user.
The company focuses on harvesting waste heat from industrial processes and the environment using a technique that, whilst pitched in 1852 by Lord Kelvin, has not been deployed on a wide scale in the UK yet.
Star Renewable Energy's water source heat pumps are proven to deliver the same heat and hot water to customers, while offering a reduced carbon footprint which is around 50 percent lower. This is expected to decrease even further as the electricity grid de-carbonises.
The business's latest water source heat pump project for district heating will extract water from the River Clyde and supply residents at the Gorbals in Glasgow with heat and hot water, with less of the associated carbon emissions and a complete elimination of the local nitrous oxide footprint.
Mr Pearson added: “The government is committed to ‘clean air’ but the policy is missing the fact that heat is also core to the problem. Transport is a factor in the nation’s carbon footprint, but 30 percent of NOx emissions are from heating systems, so perhaps only banning petrol and diesel cars by 2040 wont be as effective as also investing in clean heat. We want to future-proof the heat sector and our systems prove that it’s possible.”
“There isn’t a bigger aspect of climate challenge than energy and there isn’t a bigger segment of energy than heat. There isn’t a more robust, scalable or demonstrably 2050-ready technology capable to deliver zero carbon heat than Star Renewable Energy’s water source heat pumps, and with chilled water produced as a by-product, this is even better.”