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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.
Phase 1 of the development was delivered in November 2012. The heat network installed thus far 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 constructed at Phase 1 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.
Phase 1 has brought cheaper energy to over 700 homes in the south of the borough. The energy centre enclosure is constructed from sustainably sourced green oak cladding with two new mature trees and climbing plants in the planting that surrounds it.
In phase 1, hot water is piped from the energy center to the homes on the Stafford Cripps, Redbrick, St Luke's estates, ‘Seward street’ private residences, 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 currently 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.
Phase 2 of the Bunhill Heat and power network is now underway. Funding has been secured from the Council, Bunhill ward and the EU CELSIUS research project (managed by the GLA in London) to extend the heat network, and provide additional heat production capacity for connected buildings.
The final scope of the second phase is under development by the Islington Council Decentralised Energy Team. The project aims to continue with Phase 1 goals and provide cheaper, low carbon heating to Islington residents, businesses and organisations connected to the district heating network. The network is proposed to be extended northwards to supply Islington council’s King Square estate and other properties adjacent to this and the existing network.
New heat sources are required to supply the additional demand from the network extension. Islington Council as part of the CELSIUS project, and in partnership with the Greater London Authority and UK Power Networks are working together to capture waste urban heat discharged in the Islington Borough.
Two waste heat sources have been identified as having potential to generate sufficient heat energy for the Bunhill Heat and Power extension.
1. Heat Energy discharged by a nearby electrical substation arising from losses that occur in the normal conversion of electrical energy from high voltage to low voltage
2. Waste heat generated as a result of the normal operation of the underground railway
Heat from these sources is intended to be captured and transferred to the extended District Heating network using heat pump technology. As the greater proportion of heat provided using the heat pump systems is currently ‘wasted’ it is anticipated to be have a reduced unit cost and carbon content in comparison to conventional boiler technology.
A press release on the project is available here.
The project has already been the subject of numerous local, regional and national press articles in both the mainstream and industry media. For example please see the following from ITV London News.
If you would like to find out more, including if you would like to enquire about connecting to the Bunhill District Heating system as part of Phase 2 you can contact the Bunhill Heat and Power Customer Services on 020 7527 8202 or at email@example.com. Connections are only generally available in the Bunhill Ward area, generally bounded by Old Street, Central Street, Kings Square Estate and City Road, although all major connections within 500m of the network will be considered.
You can look out for our online updates on the Bunhill heat network and energy centre or download our fact sheet about the Bunhill energy centre and heat network below.
You can also find out about similar projects elsewhere in London: www.chpa.co.uk
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