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SHARC Takes a Bite out of Renewable Market in Scotland

Following the recent announcement by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at this year’s All Energy Event in Glasgow, SHARC Energy Systems the wholly owned European arm of Vancouver, based International Wastewater Systems Inc. (“IWS” or the “Company”) (CSE:IWS) (FRANKFURT:IWI), are pleased to confirm they have been awarded grant support to facilitate the installation of SHARC waste water heat recovery systems at five locations across Scotland.

SHARC’s innovative technology that allows sewers to be used to generate renewable heat – producing vital savings in energy, costs and carbon emissions – will be used as the cornerstone technology to demonstrate how the solution can be deployed across a wide range of geographies to support both urban and rural customers, as well as a platform for wide scale low carbon district heating.

Funding from the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) – managed through the Scottish Government – has been granted to enable the development of five new projects that will play a pioneering role in transforming heating systems at various commercial and local authority sites.

Under the plans, SHARC’s ‘heat-from-waste water’ technology is earmarked to heat Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow, a leisure centre and public library in Campeltown, a leisure centre in Orkney and a new district heating scheme at the Clyde Gateway regeneration project in Glasgow.

The LCITP funding is being matched by commercial finance that will facilitate the required capital investment to establish local energy centres that will generate their income from sales of heat to the customers involved.

Scottish Water Horizons and SHARC Energy Systems have been collaborating over the last three years to promote the adoption of sewage heat recovery in Scotland, and last year announced their intentions to form a strategic alliance, and both parties see the LCITP announcement as playing a key role in building on their work to use Scotland’s water resources to help generate renewable energy.

Already deployed in North America and Europe, the SHARC technology works by using a heat pump to amplify the warmth of waste water in sewers – such as from showers, dishwashers and washing machines. This generates an energy-saving, cost-effective and environmentally friendly system for heating, cooling and hot water production in commercial premises and homes – as opposed to the use of traditional fossil fuels such as gas boilers.

Paul Kerr, recently appointed Head of Scottish Water Horizons, said: “We are delighted that funding has been awarded to enable the acceleration of this innovative technology at key locations across Scotland.

“Beneath our streets there is an alternative energy source that so far has been ignored. The potential benefits of this technology in further developing ways to reduce energy costs, cut carbon emissions and protect the environment for businesses and public organisations cannot be understated.

“With 32,000 miles of sewers pipes across Scotland and Scottish Water treating more than 900 million litres of waste water every year, the opportunities presented from this technology are clear to see.

“Using the sewer network to transfer heat means that the heat source can be used to supply heat to the customer as close as possible to the customer’s premises. This minimises the cost and disruption of installing new heat pipes in the street.

“Our alliance with SHARC Energy Systems is helping to deploy this proven technology on a wider scale, providing an innovative lower cost heating solution which will help to contribute to a sustainable circular economy, tackle the threat posed by climate change and provide additional employment within local areas.” a sustainable circular economy, tackle the threat

The new projects in the pipeline are:

Bandwidth Project:

Three heat from sewage schemes have been aggregated into one proposal – with a total investment of £3.8m – known as the Bandwidth project. The project is planned to deliver sustainable heat to the Aqualibrium Leisure Centre and Public Library at Campbeltown, the Pickaquoy Leisure Centre at Kirkwall and the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow. SHARC Energy are working through the final design details that will enable the schemes to be spade ready later this year and facilitate construction over the next twelve months, creating cost and carbon benefits to the Local Authorities involved. *The added interest of the Kelvingrove Museum project is that the statue of Lord Kelvin, the inventor of the heat pump, stands nearby.

Clyde Gateway project

Clyde Gateway and its partners, including SHARC Energy Systems, have developed a plan to support a low carbon heating and cooling network for Magenta at Clyde Gateway, which will see 1.2 million square feet of commercial space across 27 acres within the satellite business district of Shawfield with a total investment of £6.0m.

Russ Burton (COO) of International Wastewater, the parent company of SHARC Energy Systems, said: “The announcement by the LCITP today is a significant step for the business and a resounding endorsement of the passion and dedication by the SHARC team in developing solutions that meet customer requirements and build on the company’s values.

“We have been working tirelessly over the last three years to support the Scottish Government’s ambitions for decarbonising heating systems.  With the support of Scottish Water Horizons and the Local Authorities involved in these schemes, we are delighted to be a part of this low carbon revolution and are looking forward to being able to make further announcements about our long-term role in the Scottish economy over the next few months. “

Work to bring the projects to construction ready status is well advanced and on target to meet the LCITP’s qualifying completion date of September 2018 to qualify for the grant.

The go-ahead for the projects follows the launch of the UK’s first SHARC energy recovery system at Scottish Borders College at its campus in Galashiels. The process – which has seen the heat produced being sold to Scottish Borders College under a 20-year purchase agreement – now provides the majority of the heat and hot water needed by the campus and has helped to save 150 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

The collaboration between Scottish Water Horizons and SHARC Energy Systems has identified a £20m pipeline of potential installations across Scotland that when deployed would generate 170 GWHs (Giga Watt Hours – 1 GWH would power one million homes for one hour) per year of heating and cooling to displace the fossil fuel currently used.

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