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Vattenfall to capture heat from London’s Riverside Energy Park

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Vattenfall Heat UK has secured a contract to capture heat from Cory Riverside Energy’s energy-from-waste facility in Belvedere, London.

The Riverside Energy Park will be located next to Cory’s existing energy recovery facility on the banks of the River Thames. Vattenfall will work with Cory on an application for funding from the UK Government’s Heat Networks Investment Project. Vattenfall will design the heat network and, if the project moves to the construction phase, lead the construction of the heat network infrastructure, operate the network, and supply and look after the residential and commercial customers.

Vattenfall’s planned district heating network in East London could initially provide heat to 10,500 homes earmarked for construction in the area. The 30km heat network, running through four London boroughs (Bexley, Greenwich, Newham, and Barking & Dagenham) would reduce emissions by around 80-90% using low-carbon heat, compared to using conventional gas boilers.

“We’re very proud to have been appointed by Cory Riverside Energy to capture the waste heat from their plant,” said Adriana Rodriguez Cobas, regional director of London and South UK at Vattenfall. “We can use that heat to help local households keep warm without having to worry about the size of their energy bill, or whether they’re damaging the planet if they turn the heating up.

“This opportunity extends beyond the first phase of housing earmarked for development in Bexley. Vattenfall’s expertise means we can design the system so that future homes and business properties can also be linked up to the same heat network, without needing to go through the disruption and lengthy process of designing a bespoke network for a separate construction project. This is exactly the kind of long-term vision that Vattenfall has for district heating in the UK and shows the potential of what can be achieved when multiple partners work together towards shared goals.”

Noah Nkonge, head of partnerships at Vattenfall, said: “Heating homes and businesses currently accounts for around 20% of UK greenhouse gas emissions. Installing low-carbon heating technologies requires a strong partnership approach between planning authorities, energy specialists and developers, along with a long-term vision to achieve environmental and economic ambitions.

“We’re ready to use our expertise to work with national and local authorities on a regulatory framework, which enables this technology to be rolled out at scale, delivering the infrastructure needed to meet decarbonisation targets.”

Andy Pike, director of strategic infrastructure development at Cory Riverside Energy, added: “We are pleased to be working with Vattenfall on our heat network. Their skills and expertise with help us provide local homes and business with clean, renewable and reliable source of heat.”