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Bunhill Energy Centre and the district wide heat network provides cheaper, greener heat to homes on several estates and buildings in the Bunhill Ward.
The heat network is fed by the local energy centre on Central Street which produces both electricity and heat. In the same way that we use heat from a car engine to keep us warm when driving, the energy centre uses the heat created from producing electricity to help heat buildings and provide hot water. Unlike normal electricity production that wastes up to two thirds of the fuel used to make it, Bunhill Heat and Power uses the otherwise wasted heat to heat homes, the baths and leisure centres and so it is more efficient, cheaper and greener. Tried and tested gas fuelled Combined Heat and Power technology is used to run the energy centre and there is strict monitoring of the air quality.
The energy centre brings cheaper energy to over 700 homes in the south of the borough. The energy centre enclosure has been constructed from sustainably sourced green oak cladding with two new mature trees and climbing plants in the planting that surrounds it. Hot water is piped from the energy center to the homes on the Stafford Cripps, Redbrick and St Luke's estates, and also supply Finsbury Leisure Centre and Ironmonger Row Baths. The network has over one km of heat network in the roads around the energy centre. The large containerised equipment generates the efficient heat.
Please take a look at our video to find out more (shorter version or longer version).
To see pictures of the project as it progressed please click on the link to our Flickr page.
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