The high level water source heat map summarises the result of a high level assessment of around 40 urban rivers with the highest potential for water source heat pump deployment, for both heating and cooling purposes; the map does this by identifying areas of high heat demand, adjacent to rivers with sufficiently high flow rates. The map also provides a high level indication of locations sensitive to environmental factors, which may provide a further constraint to development.
This map has been developed for local authorities, community groups and private developers in order to highlight the opportunities for deploying this innovative technology at larger scales (i.e. for heat networks).
The aim of the map is to raise awareness of this untapped potential and to encourage stakeholders to consider water source heat pumps as an option when planning for local, sustainable energy solutions. We are aiming to deliver a more detailed water source heat map in the winter. This will form an important part of the new National Heat Map, which is currently being developed further .