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, 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 at Camden Council, said: “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.”
Associate Design Director, David Wilkinson from Vital Energi commented, “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.”
Matthew Pencharz, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London for Environment and Energy, stated: “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.”
21.01.15 by Gordon.Coates
| Existing Residential | New build residential / mixed use
Vital Energi Win £3.1 Million Somers Town Heat Network Contract
Sustainable Energy Company Vital Energi have been formally awarded the £3.1 million contract to deliver Phase 1 of the Somers Town Heat Network in Euston, which will include a new energy centre and 0.5km of district heating.
The new energy centre will replace the existing main heating plant serving four residential blocks in the Somers Town area of King’s Cross, London NW1 and export electricity to the new Francis Crick medical research Institute which is due for completion in 2015/16.
The project will be delivered in two phases. Phase 1 will be the new energy centre and heating network to four residential blocks. Following a period of load study for phase one, phase two will be awarded to add a CHP engine to the energy centre and export electricity to the Francis Crick medical research Institute.
Rob Callaghan, Vital Energi’s Regional Director for London and the South commented, “We have already seen Camden Council establish themselves as one of the leaders of sustainable energy and their achievements with projects like King’s Cross show what councils can achieve when they successfully place sustainability at the heart of their energy strategy. We are thrilled to be working with Camden Council once again and look forward to helping to make another substantial contribution to London’s energy infrastructure.”
We are delighted to say that Vital Energi’s relationship with the project promises to last well into the future as we will be operating the new boiler plant and heat network for 15 years.
03.06.14 by Gordon.Coates
| New build residential / mixed use | Power generation and distribution
Kings Cross Energy Centre Attracts Global Interest
The energy centre at King’s Cross continues to attract world-wide attention and the latest professional organisation to request a “behind the scenes” guided tour is the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The IEA is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 28 member countries and beyond. The IEA's four main areas of focus are: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness, and engagement worldwide.
Mark Howell, Business Development Manager, acts as an advisory expert for the IEA and provided delegates with a tour of the facilities. Organisations from around the world took part in the tour and came from as far afield as Canada, Finland, Germany, Denmark and Korea as well as the UK.
In addition to King’s Cross, the delegates showed an interest in the UK’s other urban district heating installations and discussed other Vital Energi projects at Bunhill, Gascoyne Estate and Shoreditch.
Robin Wiltshire, Technical Director at the Building Research Establishment who chairs the IEA’s District Heating & Cooling programme commented, “The King's Cross development is impressive in every way and this includes the energy infrastructure that is part and parcel of a modern and innovative new development in the heart of the capital. There are many lessons to absorb from it and it is clearly an example that shows how strong the UK district heating industry is. It was a pleasure to not only tour this fantastic energy centre, designed and built by Vital Energi, but also to find out more about other installations both in London and the rest of the UK.
"King’s Cross is one of a number of very substantial new district energy initiatives across the capital. I selected this because I wanted to show the extent of what is going on here. Our guests included delegates from across the world, including those countries where district heating is a mature industry, and they were clearly impressed to see the extent to which heat networks are now developing here."
Going Underground Vital Energi Win £26m Community Heating Contract
The number of London-based community heating networks installed by Vital Energi continues to grow and Southwark's latest addition is the Rouel Road project, a £2.6 million contract recently awarded by Southwark council.
The 42 week contract runs from Feb 2014 to Dec 2014 and will involve replacing the original pipework which was originally installed circa 1977.
When finished, the new network will connect community buildings and over 800 homes and will include the most accurate leak detection system on the market, which can pinpoint a problem in the pipework to between one and three metres. The installation will use Vital Energi’s unique “Band Muff” jointing system which is the most effective on the market and results in a pipe design life expectancy of 30-50 years.
The project is funded by the Warm Dry Safe (WDS) Capital Allocation, a five-year, £326m fund available for repair and renewal to the Southwark Council’s properties. The majority of work is scheduled for summer months to keep disruption to the residents to a minimum.
Vital Energi has been installing district heating networks for Southwark Council for approximately 15 years and have a track record of delivering these projects with minimal impact to the residents.
Councillor Ian Wingfield, cabinet member for housing, said: “Dilapidated and outdated pipework affects housing across London and it’s important that we embrace new technology and install new piping of a high standard in order to prevent disruption for residents in years to come, especially over the winter months. Ensuring that work happens this summer to make homes warm and dry is one of the council’s key priorities and this work will go a long way towards our targets.”
Ian Whitelock, Joint Managing Director at Vital Energi commented, “Technology has advanced at an incredible pace since the original installation went in the ground and the new network will be vastly more secure and efficient. There is no doubt that the new district heating network will reduce heat loss, save money and reduce the council’s CO₂ emissions.
“We provide long-term warranties on our pipes, so this is an installation which will continue to provide more affordable and reliable heat to the residents of Rouel Road for decades to come.”
06.03.14 by admin
| New build residential / mixed use
Vital Powers Largest Central London Development in 150 Years
The City of London took a large step towards energy sustainability on Thursday 27th February, 2014 with the launch of the King’s Cross Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Energy Centre, designed and built by Blackburn and London-based sustainable energy experts Vital Energi.
King’s Cross is being developed by the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership which is made up of Argent King’s Cross Ltd, London & Continental Railways Ltd and DHL Supply Chain. Metropolitan King’s Cross Ltd is the energy services company (ESCo) and was charged with the task of delivering sustainable and affordable power and heating to the entire development.
The energy centre will provide sustainable power for the new £2 billion, 67 acre King’s Cross development in central London, which will create eight million square feet of office space, shops, a university and up to 2,000 homes and serviced apartments. The project will also see the creation of 20 new streets and 10 new major public buildings. It has already delivered the creation of the largest new street in London for over a century and the largest public square since Trafalgar Square.
The development is so large that it even has its own postcode – N1C.
Vital Energi won the contract to design and install the pioneering Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Energy Centre, and completed Phase 2 in January 2014. The energy centre will provide 100% of the heat and hot water and 80% of the electricity for the entire development. In addition to the £9 million contract they will also operate and maintain it for the next decade.
The King’s Cross Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Energy Centre was launched by Councillor Phil Jones of Camden Council who commented, “This energy centre is really fascinating. All these bright colours they’ve painted in here for the Pink panther, the machine that’s operating here. You really get a sense of how much work has gone in and the level of engineering sophistication and technological sophistication that’s involved in this type of plant. So it’s very impressive.
“It was a very exciting moment, almost a historic moment to press that button today, so it was a great honour for me.”
Ian Whitelock, Joint Managing Director of Vital Energi explained, “We’re committed to making sustainable energy an easy and economical option. More and more we’re seeing forward-thinking councils working hand in hand with conscientious developers and businesses to create developments which have sustainability at their heart.
“How we create and consume energy is one of the most important issues facing society at the moment, so to play a part in reducing carbon emissions by 50 per cent on a project of this size has been a great opportunity and something, as a company, we’re immensely proud of. Hopefully, this project can stand as an example to other councils and developers of what can be achieved on 21st century developments.”
11.10.13 by admin
| New build residential / mixed use
Vital Energi Helps Greenwich get Greener
Vital Energi is contributing in Royal Greenwich's efforts to go greener by creating state-of-the-art sustainable energy systems for new developments across the borough.
Royal Greenwich is leading the way towards a greener London. It is currently undergoing one of the largest regeneration programmes in the UK which is being driven by the borough council, and its partners, and based on the vision and priorities set out in the Greenwich Strategy.
Greener Greenwich is one of the six main themes of the strategy which also include: The place to live - a safer and healthier Greenwich; The place to work; The place to learn; The place to visit - a place of culture and Olympic and Paralympic host borough.
Thousands of brand new homes are also being built through major schemes including Greenwich Millennium Village, Greenwich Square, The Movement and Royal Arsenal Riverside. Many of these new schemes are benefitting from green energy systems courtesy of Vital Energi.
For over a decade, Vital Energi has been pleased to play a part with the greening of Greenwich, starting with the design and delivery of a CHP Energy Centre for the Greenwich Millennium Village built to be an environmentally innovative and sustainable development of around 3,000 homes.
At The Movement - a colourful new community on the site of the former Greenwich Industrial Estate - Vital Energi has been chosen to be the Energy Services Company (ESCo) for the next 35 years and has been commissioned to design and build an on-site £1.5 million biomass and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) energy centre and district heating network for this exemplar 21st Century development.
Vital Energi is also designing a £7 million, carbon neutral CHP-based community energy system for a new family-oriented, eco-friendly housing scheme in Greenwich called Greenwich Square. Due for completion in 2014, this scheme has been designed with all homes to meet a minimum of Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
At Woolwich, Vital Energi and SSE are working with Berkeley Homes to make history with the introduction of green energy to one of London's most significant military landmarks - The Royal Arsenal Riverside. Due to be completed by 2032, the project is transforming a derelict 76 acre site into a vibrant community that will eventually include 3,700 new homes, shops, restaurants and cafes, offices, a hotel, community healthcare, nursery, leisure and a cinema.
Ian Whitelock, joint managing director of Vital Energi, commented: "We are proud and pleased to be contributing towards the Royal Borough of Greenwich's vision and ambitious regeneration programme that has already had such a positive impact on the people living and working there."