High-rise blocks go clean in £5.4m heat upgrade

Gateshead Council has secured £5.4 million in EU grants to build two major low carbon energy schemes, including work across seven high-rise blocks. The move will see a further 600 homes and several public buildings connected to district energy networks in the town, through which they will receive low-cost, clean heat and power. The High […]

Centrica completes battery storage unit for council

Centrica has finished installing a battery storage scheme for Gateshead Council. The 3MW battery project has been designed to store and release energy for the District Energy Centre, which uses a pair of 2MW combined heat and power (CHP) units to power 5,000 homes. The storage equipment is made up of six units, holding the equivalent […]

Plans for £30m UK energy research, development hub

Plans to build a new energy systems research, development and demonstration site in the UK have been unveiled. The Integrated Transport Electricity Gas Research Laboratory, or InTEGReL, in Gateshead will allow businesses to test their ideas in real world conditions at a large scale. It will work with academics and engineers in areas including the […]

Low carbon tech heats up Gateshead

A new district energy network which will provide heat and power in Gateshead has been launched. The Gateshead Energy Centre will initially supply low carbon energy to around 350 local homes and businesses. The 4MW combined heat and power (CHP) facility is however capable of generating enough electricity to power 5,000 homes in total. According […]

NHS energy managers branded “waste of money”

Energy managers in the NHS have been branded a “waste” of public money by the Taxpayers’ Alliance. The group slammed the NHS for “unnecessary” jobs in public relations, the EU and ‘green’ staff. It also took a pop at roles ranging from sustainability and energy management, claiming the NHS was employing at least 86 ‘green’ […]