Plans unveiled for UK’s largest low-carbon heat network, to be based in London. Energy firm Vattenfall has unveiled plans to develop a heat network that will serve up to 500,000 homes across four London boroughs, claiming the project will be the largest of its kind in the UK. The Swedish multinational released the plans today (21 September) and will hold a briefing this evening in the capital to provide more information to stakeholders. It claims that the project will reduce heat-related emissions from homes by up to 90%, in comparison with the traditional model of having an individual gas boiler in every property. The project has been split into three phases, with Vattenfall and energy-from-waste (EfW) firm Cory primed to begin construction on the first phase in early 2022. During this first phase, heat network infrastructure will be developed to serve 10,500 homes in Bexley, which will receive heat from Cory’s Riverside Resource Recovery facility in Belvedere. This facility itself is due for expansion in the coming months. At this stage, Vattenfall is still looking at several different potential heat sources for phases two and three of the project, with waste heat from water processing, data centres and electric heat pumps under consideration as well as EfW. Phase two of the project is expected to serve 21,000 homes in Bexley and Greenwich, with the first customers set to connect to the network in the early 2030s. Phase three will be the largest, serving some 75,000 homes in the same boroughs.
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