Providing for Camden’s future heating and power needs

Camden Council has today unveiled the first phase of its new eco-friendly decentralised energy scheme in Somers Town, which will provide heat to 339 homes later this year.

Costing £3.04m and fully funded by The Francis Crick Institute, through a Section 106 agreement, the first phase is entering the final phase of construction by Vital Energi and has seen over 500m of underground insulated district heating pipework laid in the area.

The new energy centre powering the network has been designed to fit within a Camden-owned basement car park alongside new cycle parking facilities and will house three 1.3MW boilers. The whole concept of this decentralised energy scheme means that heat and later energy will be produced locally.

The new low carbon energy network replaces several ageing communal heating systems serving the homes that were coming towards the end of their working lives and is a key component of Camden’s carbon reduction strategy which aims to cut borough emissions by 40% by 2020. It has been designed to be retrofitted with more sustainable technologies as they emerge in the future.

The second phase of the scheme will see combined heat and power (CHP) technology installed at the energy centre in 2016, with the electricity being sold to the Francis Crick Institute.

Longer term the aim is to expand the network to connect to other existing and new developments in the area including new homes, schools and community buildings to be built under Camden’s Community Investment Programme.

Supported throughout by the GLA’s Decentralised Energy for London programme, the scheme was originally borne out of feasibility work showing the huge potential along the Euston corridor.

Cllr Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Environment
"We are really excited by this project.  It represents the first step in a network of low carbon energy projects, which will provide cleaner, greener, affordable and more secure energy supplies for communities across Camden.” 
Cllr Meric Apak, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Environment
“This is an ambitious scheme from a council who obviously have sustainability at their heart and it has been designed to allow for easy expansion so that in the future more residents and businesses will be able to benefit from greener, more affordable heat and hot water.  It’s a pleasure to be involved at the beginning of what we believe will evolve into one of London’s Major Decentralised Energy Networks.”
Associate Design Director, David Wilkinson from Vital Energi
“City Hall has been working hard with public and private sector organisations to help deliver decentralised energy projects to supply the needs of London boroughs. It’s vital that the city finds ways to deliver more affordable, more secure and more sustainable sources of energy and the Camden project is a good example of this.” 
Matthew Pencharz, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London for Environment and Energy

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