An ambitious project to use surplus heat to power homes in Southampton has been unveiled by the local Council, reports.

The Marchwood Incinerator, which is used to burn household waste, could soon be turned into a 40-megawatt power station by harnessing the burn energy and turning it into domestic energy. This could then be transported underneath the River Test and Southampton Water to power homes/businesses in the area.

Whilst the infrastructure needed to capture the energy is expected to cost some £15 million, councillors believe it would be worth the spend as the scheme would not only offer long-term energy savings – but also help Southampton’s plans to become a more sustainable city and ease pressure on home-owners already separating their waste into separate recycling bins.

The dome-shaped incinerator, which lies on the bank of Southampton Water, burns waste brought in from Dorset and West Sussex, as well as Hampshire, reports.

One of the customers targeted for the energy is Southampton’s general hospital, which uses more electricity per day than the whole of Romsey.

Announcing his grand idea, Councillor Richard Williams explained how he was looking to create “sustainable revenue” at a time when budgets are being cut.

“There is significant energy generation potential from turning waste heat into district heat. It’s fairly common in other European countries,” he added. “The government want to see local authorities take responsibility for their own actions, and that’s exactly what I want to do.”

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