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Tallaght District Heating Scheme

Construction activity on the campus in the vicinity of Dublin West Education Centre has begun. On Friday, 21st May the President, Professor David FitzPatrick,  and Cllr. Ed O’Brien, the Mayor of South Dublin Co. Council, attended the sod turning ceremony for the Tallaght District Heating Scheme.

President, Professor David FitzPatrick,  and Cllr. Ed O’Brien, the Mayor of South Dublin Co. Council

Essentially, waste heat from a large data centre on Belgard Road, will be fed around Tallaght in a network of underground water pipework. TU Dublin Tallaght will be one of the first users of this service. Hot water will be fed to the boiler house of the main building and will replace the existing gas fired boilers. The plan is to extend the scheme to other campus buildings in due course.

The scheme is a unique opportunity for TU Dublin Tallaght whose commitment to  sustainability is already demonstrated through its Green Campus programme. There is  a recognition within the university that with current climate strictures, the production, distribution and use of energy needs to adapt and that efficient, cleaner and more sustainable sources of energy are required. Connection to the scheme will contribute to reducing the university’s carbon footprint and meeting  global sustainability standards while providing a good value, low carbon heating solution to existing and  new campus  buildings into the future.

The installation of the pipework is expected to be completed at the end of July and we expect to have “heat-on” during the first quarter of 2022.

I attach some links (below) for anyone who would like more information on the scheme.

 

Paul Campbell
Estates Manager, TU Dublin,Tallaght

 

https://www.codema.ie/projects/local-projects/tallaght-district-heating-scheme/

https://www.euroheat.org/news/contract-awarded-irelands-first-large-scale-dh-scheme/

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/tallaght-buildings-to-be-heated-using-excess-energy-from-amazon-data-centre-1.4436843

https://guidetodistrictheating.eu/south-dublin/

https://www.echo.ie/news/article/contracts-to-be-signed-for-the-district-heating-network-scheme

https://blog.aboutamazon.eu/aws/local-community-buildings-in-ireland-to-be-heated-by-amazon-data-centre

https://www.philiplee.ie/south-dublin-county-council-district-heating-project/

 

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