Round 1

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Barking Town Centre Strategic Distribution Energy Scheme

Award: £5,000,000 of grant funding for commercialisation and construction

Barking and Dagenham Council has been awarded £5m to co-fund the creation of a landmark low carbon UK district heating scheme in Barking Town Centre. The project has been classified as strategically significant by the GLA and builds on the borough’s ambitions to become the green capital of London. It involves modification of the existing energy centre on the Gascoigne East Estate, Weavers Quarter, and the construction of a new large-scale energy centre. Together these will supply over 30 GWh per year of low carbon heat into a new Barking Town Centre wide heat network, serving a mixture of new developments comprising over 8,000 homes, together with existing buildings. Initially, supplies of heat will come from gas-fired combined heat and power units, but over time these will be replaced with existing sources of waste heat in the borough to deliver zero carbon heat supplies.

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council:

“I am delighted to see our ambitions being supported in this way and look forward to seeing our vision for a low carbon borough come to fruition. We’re always striving for a cleaner, greener borough, for the benefit of our residents, and the delivery of this scheme is a major step forward for us.”


Bristol Redcliffe Heat Network

Award: £3,600,000 of grant funding for commercialisation and construction

The extension of the Bristol Redcliffe heat network will involve the expansion of the existing network and the installation of a second low carbon energy centre to supply heat to a number of new commercial developments in the area. The current scheme, which utilises biomass boilers, was completed in 2016 and supplies 700 social housing properties.

The extension will use the additional capacity within the current energy centre as well as the new energy centre, located within the council’s offices, which will include new gas CHP and back up boilers. The scheme will also include future proofing works to enable the network to be connected to additional existing loads and proposed new developments around Bristol Temple Meads. In addition to this section of the network the council will also be expanding to new areas of the city which will be served by new renewable sources such as water source heat pumps and geo-thermal technology.

Cabinet Member for Energy, Transport and The Green New Deal, Councillor Kye Dudd:

“We know that heat networks make a big impact on our city’s use of carbon.  By providing low carbon sources of heat we are helping to make a big shift towards building a carbon neutral Bristol by 2030.”

Read more about the scheme here.


Leeds City Council

Award: £2,400,000 in grant funding for construction

The Leeds PIPES scheme is a recently-completed district heat network that has already begun delivering heat to Leeds. It currently comprises a network of around 16km of pipework, delivering low carbon heat and hot water, generated from waste steam created by the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF), to commercial properties and council-tenanted properties. HNIP funds will be used to extend the network into the city centre, connecting five council buildings and allowing other existing buildings and developments to connect in the future. The pipework therefore will be sized to enable a future extension to the South Bank, an area of major development and regeneration. The extension of the network comes at a key time, as Connecting Leeds will deliver extensive highways remodelling in the city centre.

Councillor James Lewis, Executive Member for Resources:

“It’s fantastic to have secured funding to extend the district heating. This expansion means that we will be able to connect more of the city’s buildings to the Leeds PIPES network and further reduce the use of individual, fossil fuel powered boilers—helping building owners save money on energy, improve local air quality and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.”

Read more about the scheme here.


Veolia: South East London Combined Heat and Power Heat Network

Award: £5,500,000 of grant and loan funding for commericalisation and construction

The network will consist of a spine running from the plant to Lewisham and connections to an anchor load comprised of commercial and residential units. This will create a network of approximately 1.7 km capable of delivering in excess of 30 MW of low carbon heating demand.  The proposed heat network will provide immediate and long term carbon reduction to these developments compared to alternative heating options while providing good value heating to residents and businesses.

Richard Kirkman, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Veolia UK and Ireland:

“We welcome this award which will contribute to the expansion of the SELCHP district heating network and demonstrates the vital role modern energy from waste plants are playing in heat decarbonisation. This is a major factor in achieving the net zero goals, and showcases how energy from waste technology can meet this ambition by lowering fossil fuel use and reducing climate changing carbon emissions. More importantly it makes use of non recyclable household waste, so communities get the benefit of reliable and affordable heat generated from the waste they discard. If all non recyclable waste was diverted from landfill to energy recovery, the UK would save in the region of 880,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.”    


Round 2

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Bristol City Council: Old Market Heat Network

Award: £6,590,000 of grant funding for commercialisation and construction

A new network in Bristol, as the City Council seeks to install a city centre-wide provision of low carbon heat through heat network pipes. Designed to supply low carbon heat from the Energy Centre at the current Castle Park Council Depot site, at full build out the energy centre will comprise of a Water Source Heat Pump, Gas CHP and Gas peak and reserve boilers. The Phase 1 Old Market Network will supply 17 buildings including 4 residential blocks, 10 office blocks, 2 hotels and 1 school with an annual demand of 14.4MWh, through 1.6km of DH pipe. Over the next 25 years, the Old Market Network Phase 1 project will save around 76,911 tonnes of carbon. In the longer term, there may be more opportunities for new low or zero carbon sources of heat to connect to the network.

Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Energy and Transport:

“Our Bristol heat network has such a vital role to play in our city’s journey to carbon neutrality. The council has invested over £7 million in this infrastructure over the last five years and will continue to expand the network to serve new communities with low-carbon heat. This new funding from BEIS is so welcome to support the growth of the network and will enable us to innovate with new technology that will provide zero carbon heat to a number of new developments in the city. It’s also very exciting to see old fossil fuel infrastructure like the Bedminster coal mine being considered for use to provide zero carbon heat for the future – another example of Bristol’s ability to find pioneering ways to tackle the climate emergency.”

Read more about the scheme here.


Energetik: Meridian Water Heat Network

Award: £14,760,000 of grant and loan funding for construction

Meridian Water Heat Network will supply waste heat to at least 15,000 homes, with potential to rise to in excess of 30,000 over the lifetime of the network. The project is planned to be operational in 2022 and will be extended as new developments are built. Connection to the North London Waste Authority’s new Energy Recycling Facility (ERF) when built in 2026 will provide a very low carbon heat supply.

The energy centre will initially use gas fired boilers, enabling the heat network to supply customers with heat from 2022 before connecting to the ERF to supply up to 60MW of waste heat. The network’s construction will enable 8.9km of heat network piping to be installed, eventually serving multiple large housing developments. Once the ERF is connected in 2026, the equivalent annual carbon savings will exceed 2200 tonnes and will rise rapidly over the next 10 years to over 5700 tonnes per annum in 2036.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Energetik has been awarded a £14.76 million share of the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) fund.  On the 6th of February, Triple Point formally announced the first beneficiaries and our company stands amongst the seven successful applicants! All beneficiaries have been described as promising and highly deliverable heat network projects and have been selected to receive a first share of the £320 Million fund. We’re truly honoured to be acknowledged on a national level. This funding will be used to unlock the next phase in our business plan helping to build our Meridian Water heat network.”

Read more about the scheme here.


Peel Energy, part of Peel L&P: Liverpool Waters Heating Network

Award: £1,300,000 of grant funding for construction

Peel Energy, through its supply company (ESCo) Mersey Heat is delivering a district heat network to serve Peel L&P’s Liverpool Waters development and surrounding areas including 2,000,000m2 of development floorspace, 9,000 residential units, 315,000m2 of business space and 53,000m2 of hotel and conference facilities. The awarded funding will support the supply of heat to multiple residential and commercial buildings with a temporary energy centre. A planned transition to a low carbon heat source will occur in the future to reduce carbon emissions.

Jon Burley, Commercial Director at Peel Energy, part of Peel L&P:

“It’s great to see the Government get behind clean growth projects across the country and in Liverpool, this funding will help us to deliver the first phase of our Mersey Heat network to benefit businesses and thousands of residents with low-cost heating and ultimately support our drive to create low carbon communities and make the City Region a greener place to live, work and invest.”

Read more about the scheme here.


Round 3

Gateshead District Energy Scheme

Award: £5,909,000 grant funding for commercialisation and construction

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The grant will support the commercialisation and construction of the first major, strategic eastward expansion of the heat network within the Gateshead District Energy Scheme. This will enable the scheme to supply lower cost, lower carbon heat to an additional 12 GWh of heat load by 2030 represented by four Council buildings, a care home and, in time, up to 1250 new private homes within the Exemplar Neighbourhood, Gateshead’s largest new-build housing development site. Significant decarbonisation is achieved by the installation of a 6MW mine water source heat pump, to provide geothermal heat into the network, displacing the gas boiler generated heat, as well as reducing the operating hours of the existing 4MW gas CHP engines.

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council Cabinet member with responsibility for energy:

“The council has always seen the development of low-carbon energy as key to meeting our climate change goals, but also in generating lower-cost energy for residents and organisations in Gateshead. This grant allows us to take this one step further. This new proposal uses a source of energy that is already under our feet but which is virtually unused. Thanks to the continued development of heat pump technology, we are at last able to properly exploit this abundant untapped heat source and use it to warm thousands of homes and businesses in Gateshead. 

“We have been looking at this proposal for some considerable time, so the award of this grant is timely and its means we can now begin to bring it to fruition. There must be hundreds of miles of abandoned mine workings beneath Gateshead and many of them are flooded providing access to a sustainable source of heat, so there is huge scope for more initiatives like this. It is particularly satisfying that we can exploit the forgotten remains of an old industry – and a heavily polluting one at that – to create clean green energy.” 

Read more about the scheme here.


Bridgend Town Heat Network

Award: £1,241,000 grant funding for commercialisation and construction

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Initially, the scheme will serve public sector buildings in the town centre which includes Bowls Hall, Civic Centre offices, Bridgend Life Centre (leisure centre) and a new development. The network will allow for the expansion to other buildings in the immediate vicinity including local business and residential units. The energy centre will be based at the Bridgend Life Centre and initially use gas fired CHP with back-up gas boilers. These will be replaced with a larger CHP unit and new backup/ peak boilers with the addition of thermal storage tank at the rear of Bridgend Life Centre as the scheme develops. Key objectives for the scheme are to continue to provide reduced energy costs for customers, provide carbon emissions savings compared to alternative strategies and, over time, further decarbonise heat supplies.

Councillor Richard Young who is Cabinet Member for Communities:

“Bridgend County Borough Council is proud to be the first recipient of HNIP funding in Wales. The Bridgend Town Heat Network Project is a key part of our plans to decarbonise heat within Bridgend and forms part of our Smart Energy Plan developed with the support of the Energy Systems Catapult through the Smart System and Heat Programme to drive forward and capture the economic and social benefits of decarbonisation. The HNIP funding will enable us to progress the scheme through its commercialisation phase by first accessing £241,000 funding and, should that phase meet all necessary requirements, then to place Bridgend County Borough Council in a position where it can determine whether to move the project through to, and beyond, construction and accept the further £1m of funding.”

Read more about the scheme here.

Round 4

Cardiff Town Heat Network

Award: £6,628,000 grant funding for construction

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The proposed Cardiff Heat Network begins at Trident Park Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) plant in Cardiff Bay, spreading across the Bay area before crossing the main Cardiff to London railway line, as part of a later phase. Funding from HNIP will support Phase 1 of the network which will reach to the area immediately south of the railway line. Utilising the ERF plant will allow the network to supply the 12 GWh per annum of Phase 1 Customer heat demand, whilst a separate energy centre containing back-up gas boilers will provide further capacity, ensuring resilience to the network. Once fully built out (phase 1 and 2) connections will have a combined annual heat demand of 34 GWh with adjacent private sector buildings having a combined annual heat demand of approximately 22 GWh. Part of the HNIP funding will support the costs of future proofing the network to accommodate for this potential future growth.

Cllr Michael, Cardiff Council’s Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment said:

“We’re very pleased to have been awarded an HNIP grant for this important low carbon infrastructure project. The scheme will allow us to capture heat already being produced from Cardiff’s residual waste and use it to deliver a low carbon heat source to large buildings in the Bay. Buildings that connect to the heat network will have the potential to reduce their carbon emission by around 80% compared to traditional gas heating and so this scheme forms an important part of our response to the Climate Emergency. The grant funding will help to kick start a scheme that can grow and evolve over the long term bringing low carbon energy security to the heart of the Capital city.”


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