Energy centre fires up new development

A brand new commercial and residential development on the banks of the Thames will be served by its own energy centre. Hundreds of properties at the Riverlight development near the […]

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By Sumit Bose

A brand new commercial and residential development on the banks of the Thames will be served by its own energy centre.

Hundreds of properties at the Riverlight development near the famous Battersea Power station, will be served by an energy centre housing a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit, gas fired boilers and ground source heat pumps. These will provide the site with heating, cooling and hot water.

SSE Enterprise Utilities has built the centre as a way to showcase low carbon living.

Heat is produced on-site, in a purpose-built energy centre and supplied to homes through a district heating network. The system will reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 25% from traditional gas boiler levels.

Nathan Sanders, Managing Director of SSE Enterprise Utilities said: “This development requires all of the utilities – heat, cooling, gas, water and electricity – and it needs them to be joined together as a coherent group.

“The heat and cooling technologies deployed at Riverlight enable carbon to be saved whilst keeping end user tariffs comparable or cheaper than conventional energy supplies. With every new large scale energy centre constructed, this further supports the growing understanding and acceptance of distributed energy and district heating within the UK.”