London has taken a further step forwards in the drive to be a sustainable city with the adoption of Veolia’s latest combined heat and power (CHP) technology in the billion pound new Docklands development at Royal Wharf. Designed to supply low carbon energy this latest application will power 20,000 Londoners in five years and contribute to reducing London’s carbon emissions by 60% by 2025.
Part of the giant Royal Docks vision, Royal Wharf is the biggest new Docklands neighbourhood since Canary Wharf was built and the development will house a new community in 3,385 modern homes and businesses. The energy needs of the people on the 40 acre site, with an energy centre from MEP Contractor, Cilantro Engineering, will be supplied by a Veolia CHP unit that drives a modern district heating network. By delivering cost effective energy it will help meet London’s emission’s targets, take pressure off the stretched UK electricity grid, and reduce carbon emissions by 1,800 tonnes each year – equivalent to removing 1,400 cars from the road.
The use of this latest generation of CHP technology effectively supports key London programmes like home energy efficiency, and decentralised energy, through effective capture and use of the heat generated as part of the electricity generation process. CHP technology is more than twice as energy efficient as separate grid supplies which lowers the use of resources, and ensures that reliable electricity, heating and hot water are delivered locally and cost effectively for residents.
As a further measure to reduce London’s atmospheric emissions the new 1MWe CHP uses innovative technology, such as Selective Catalytic Reduction, which further reduces NOx emissions to 95mg/nm3. Due to start operating in August 2016 the unit has a class leading 43.5% electrical efficiency.
"As one of the biggest cities in the world it is important for London to set an example to others by offering its residents sustainable low carbon energy to power and heat their homes"
Pat Gilroy, Veolia’s COO Industrial Customers UK, said: “As one of the biggest cities in the world it is important for London to set an example to others by offering its residents sustainable low carbon energy to power and heat their homes. Royal Wharf has put its stake in the ground to other new developments about what can be achieved and we hope others will follow.”