23 May 2024

£2.5m Water Source Heat Pump successfully delivered to Mersey Heat in Liverpool

We are thrilled to announce the successful delivery of a £2.5 million Water Source Heat Pump to the Mersey Heat project in Liverpool. This cutting-edge initiative, led by Peel NRE’s district heat network specialist Ener-Vate and constructed by Vital Energi, is poised to become a cornerstone of the city's low carbon energy infrastructure.

One of the first of its kind in the UK, the water source heat pump will extract heat from the Leeds Liverpool Canal which will then be used to provide low carbon energy to thousands of homes and businesses throughout the city via a 6km district heating network. The Mersey Heat Energy Centre is scheduled to be operational by winter 2024 and offers an efficient, affordable, and convenient solution for decarbonising heating with the potential to supply enough low carbon heat for over a fifth of Liverpool's homes. Local residences and businesses will have the opportunity to connect to the existing district heating pipework, which has already been installed, enabling them to benefit from this innovative and sustainable energy source.

The UK government has identified heat networks as a crucial component in achieving net zero emissions and one of the most cost-effective strategies for decarbonising heating in urban areas. Using a water source heat pump to heat buildings is three times more efficient than using electricity and can potentially reduce carbon emissions by up to 90%.

"We are incredibly proud to be at the forefront of this transformative project," said Jo Longdon, Commercial Director at Ener-Vate. "The successful delivery of the Water Source Heat Pump is a significant milestone for Mersey Heat and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and partners. This project not only showcases innovative technology but also represents a major step towards a more sustainable and low carbon future for Liverpool."

"Peel NRE is committed to driving forward sustainable energy solutions, and the Mersey Heat project is a shining example of what can be achieved through collaboration and innovation," added David Tatton, Investment Director at Peel NRE. "We look forward to seeing the positive impact this project will have on the local community and the environment."