In November 2012 Islington Council launched Bunhill Heat and Power, a ground-breaking, innovative scheme retrofitting district heating in an inner-city environment.
Bunhill Heat and Power is the Council’s first district scale heat network and serves over 850 homes and two leisure centres providing cheaper, greener heat.
The heat network and energy centre provides cheaper, greener heat to Islington. The council will have more control over the cost of the fuel used to heat the connected homes helping to provide a buffer for residents against rising fuel prices.
The income generated from selling electricity can be used to help the council to reduce heat prices and create new schemes to benefit more residents.
CO2 savings of approximately 1,800 tonnes CO2/year represents CO2 savings of around 60% for the estates and leisure centres compared to their previous heating systems.
Bunhill energy centre houses a 1.9MWe gas CHP engine and 115m3 thermal store, and the network comprises of one kilometre of trenching which holds two kilometres of insulated district heating pipework.
The £3.8 million energy centre and heat network were funded by grants secured from the Greater London Authority and the Homes and Community Agency.
Phase 2 of the Bunhill Heat and Power network is now underway. Funding has been secured from the Council, Bunhill ward and the EU CELSIUS research project (managed by the GLA in London) to extend the heat network, and provide additional heat production capacity for connected buildings.
Find out more by reading the full Bunhill Heat & Power case study 2013 and watching the short video about the project and its benefits to the local community.