Guardbridge Integrated HSA and Biomass Heat Network


Date: May 2015 – Feb 2017
Location: Fife, Scotland
Client: Third and Public Sector
Stage: Feasibility

The University of St Andrews are developing the derelict Guardbridge paper mill site into a low-carbon and sustainability innovation centre. This includes a £25m investment in a 6.5MW biomass heat centre and district heating network to provide heat to the North Haugh campus.

TRE and partners carried out a detailed feasibility study examining the integration of a hot sedimentary aquifer resource into the existing biomass heat network. The study evaluated the viability of producing 35°C water from 1000m depth, modelled the geology and scoped three conceptual well designs. These were further refined following completion of a seismic survey. The proposed system design was shown to be a profitable way of providing very low carbon heat to the site.

The report, funded by the Scottish Governments Geothermal Energy Challenge Fund, can be viewed and downloaded in full here