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New district heating schemes for London and Solihull
First, ENGIE has signed a 25-year agreement for the provision of low-carbon district energy services at the landmark Battersea Power Station regeneration site in London, where a £9bn regeneration project will see the creation of a mixed-use riverside development of homes, offices, culture and leisure venues, all served by an extension to the London Underground Northern Line.
The network incorporates gas-fired combined cooling, heat and power (CCHP), or trigeneration technology; providing efficiently-produced energy and enabling affordable heating and cooling to businesses and homes on the development. ENGIE will provide an initial 9 MW of heat and 5 MW of cooling and will begin to serve the first phase of the Battersea Power Station development this year.
Also in London, the same company has begun work on a new heat network to serve future developments in the Nine Elms area of London – another of the capital’s largest brownfield regeneration sites. The £30mn project will see ENGIE design, build, operate and maintain a district energy scheme to provide low-carbon heat to new developments across the site. The initial phase will incorporate an energy centre with over 3 MW of generation capacity and the installation of 1.5 km of pre-insulated steel pipe network.
Meanwhile, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council has secured £6.6mn of Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) grant funding to support the commercialisation and construction phases of the Solihull Town Centre Low Carbon Energy Network. The Council last year voted to ensure that its activities are carbon neutral by 2030 and is working with the West Midlands Combined Authority towards meeting the region’s target of net zero emissions by 2041.
The first phase will connect nine existing buildings with multiple plant room connections, and one commercial development on council-owned land. A further two phases of the Solihull Town Centre Network have been recognised which could extend the network further within the Town Centre and further north.
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Journal title: Energy World
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