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Renewable Energy Heat Pump for Glasgow's Glenlee Tall Ship

Water source heat pump installation in the Glenlee Tall Ship in Glasgow Clyde

One of the oldest surviving sailing ships to be built on the Clyde, the Glenlee was launched from Port Glasgow in 1896. In preparation for a new role as one of the stars of the new Riverside Museum which opened in March 2011, the Glenlee underwent a £1.5 million refurbishment which included a new heating system using heat energy from the River Clyde itself!

Water Source Heat Pump for one of Glasgows Iconic Landmarks

Ecoliving designed a water source heat pump system employing 2 NIBE heat pumps as part of the £200,000 heating refurbishment project. Engineers estimate that the heat pumps will shave 75% off the vessel's annual heating bills and save the equivalent of six double-decker bus loads of carbon emissions.

Metal heat collectors suspended into the River Clyde next to the ship heat an antifreeze mix which is pumped back to the heat pumps where it transfers the heat to a refrigerant which as a gas is pressurised to raise the temperature to a level useable for heating and hot water.

Dr Christopher Mason, chairman of the Clyde Maritime Trust, said:

"I believe the Glenlee will be the first floating museum ship in the world to be heated with renewable energy. This innovative heating system complements The Tall Ship's ethos and provides an educational message about the benefits of using "nature's power".

Colin Kerr of Glasgow-based firm Ecoliving, said it could continue to produce usable heat even during a cold snap like that seen a few winters ago when the Clyde froze over for the first time in years.

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