A Worcestershire council is claiming a UK first by re-using energy from a crematorium incinerator to heat a public swimming pool.
Councillors at Redditch Borough Council believe the proposal to take waste gases from the crematorium and channel them into the nearby pool could save them more than £14,000 a year.
This week planners gave the scheme the go-ahead and work on the system to transfer the gas will start in the summer.
Council Leader Carole Gandy said: “There is the potential to transfer almost 100% of the energy generated from the flue gas cleaning process at the crematorium, which would otherwise be wasted. This would then heat a large part of the whole leisure centre. Solar thermal hot water systems are also agreed for the new centre.”
“Carrying out the project would cost £39,000 but would mean we are offsetting the demand for mains natural gas for the new centre by 42% over the course of a year, giving a financial saving of £14,560 per year, which means the investment would have paid for itself in four years.
“In addition, doing this means we avoid needing to install a combined heat and power unit, which would cost us £100,000. Therefore, we instantly save £61,000 . The savings can then be spent on other key council services.”