Hot source of energy is going to waste



Heat generated for homes and businesses is going to waste, when it could be harnessed for use, a report by the Institution of Civil Engineers said. While traditional electricity disposes of the excess heat, the ICE suggests ‘combined heat and power’ technology would capture and reuse the waste heat produced by power plants, and transfer it back into use in the form of hot water and heating. The ICE said it had highlighted two main areas which had a number of large power plants close to urban areas where the excess heat could be piped back to homes to replace gas or electrical heating and hot water.