Remember those two weeks in June when we all thought we were going to melt? Wouldn’t it have been great if we could have saved that energy and used it to heat our homes in the winter to come? Well, a coalition of companies have been working on making that a reality right here in Bristol.

Eunomia (Enviromental economy consultants), alongside ICAX, Bristol-based renewable tech company CEPRO and the University of Bath are working with Easton Community Centre and the Easton Energy Group in Bristol to conduct a feasibility study on an innovative new renewable heat system in Owen Square. The project, called CHOICES, is being funded by the DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change).

“We’re pleased to work with members of Bristol’s vibrant low carbon innovation sector and help bring this promising technology to the city”

 

Initially looking to power Easton Community Centre, the project has the potential to also branch out to a number of local houses. The CHOICES project hopes this fully operational pilot facility will prove the real-world viability of the energy, cost and carbon savings modelled as part of the feasibility study.

Adam Baddely, head of energy at Eunomia, said “At Eunomia we believe it’s important to help support and develop innovative and viable business models in energy storage and local energy supply. Especially in this Bristol Green Capital Year, we’re pleased to work with members of Bristol’s vibrant low carbon innovation sector and help bring this promising technology to the city.”

The project hopes to be up and running by March 2016 although residents will have the chance to check out the details on 19 September as part of Community Energy Fortnight (the event details haven’t been added at time of writing).

If you’re interested in finding out more check out the websites for Bristol-based Eunomia and CEPRO.

Geraint Evans