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Manchester landmark shines light on a heat network

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Owned by the Council and built by Vital Energi, the focal point of the new Civic Quarter Heat Network is the 40 m Tower of Light, which will be lit up every night. The tower will be the most visible manifestation of the network, which will provide heating and electricity to some of Manchester city centre?s most iconic buildings.

The network, which will go live early next year, will help Manchester to reduce its carbon emissions and support the city?s transition to zero carbon by 2038.

Using low carbon power generated in an energy centre located underneath the railway arches by Manchester Central, the network will serve the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Central Library, Heron House, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Town Hall buildings via 2 km of underground pipes. And the network will also have the capacity to connect to other buildings in the vicinity ? both existing and future, whether public or private-owned, says Vital.

The network has a combined heat and power (CHP) engine which re-uses heat created as a by-product of producing electricity. Although initially fuelled by natural gas, there are plans to reduce its carbon footprint as alternative fuel supplies become available, including biomethane and, potentially, hydrogen in 2024.

Manchester?s new Tower of Light draws attention to the new city centre heat network
Photo: Vital Energi

News Item details

Journal title: Energy World

Region: North West England

Organisation: Vital Energi

Subjects: Combined heat and power generation

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