SSE Studies Whether Battersea Landmark Can Tap Heat From River

SSE Plc is studying whether the River Thames in London can provide heat for a development at the landmark Battersea Power Station.

SSE Enterprise Utilities will undertake a feasibility study for the Battersea Power Station Development Company Ltd. to ascertain whether installing heat pumps that harness warmth from the river can be used to generate enough heat for about 4,000 new homes and businesses, it said Wednesday in a statement on its website.

“We need to make the most of the vast amount of clean, renewable heat that lays dormant and unused in our rivers, lakes and seas,” Ed Davey, energy and climate change secretary, said in the statement. “Doing this will help contribute to an energy mix that maximizes clean, reliable home-grown resources rather than relying on foreign fossil fuels.”

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