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The powers that be


Surely the idea of using waste heat from power stations for district heating, as advocated by Neville Martin (Letters last week), is worthy of massive support from the Institution.

I recall such a scheme was served by the now defunct Battersea power station by pumping cooling water across the Thames to housing on the north bank. Are there insurmountable problems in such a system?

You did the idea a great disservice, however, by your mistaken caption to the thumbnail photograph accompanying his letter. 60% of energy is lost from UK power stations in the form of 'waste heat', not the 6% written into your caption.

Campbell Stott (F), Beech House, Fulmer Way, Gerrards Cross, SL9 8AH

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