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Vattenfall secures new deal to provide low carbon heating to London homes

Vattenfall Heat UK has secured the right to capture heat from Cory Riverside Energy’s energy from waste facility at Belvedere, developing a heat network that could supply local households.

  • 05 May 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Vattenfall Heat UK has secured the right to capture heat from Cory Riverside Energy’s energy from waste facility at Belvedere, developing a heat network that could supply local households.

The new collaboration between Vattenfall and Cory Riverside Energy could initially provide heat to 10,500 homes in East London, earmarked for construction in the vicinity of Cory's site. However, the design will allow for thousands more properties to be added as they are constructed in the future, unlocking the potential for a much wider network.

Vattenfall will supply low and – ultimately - zero carbon heat to both existing properties and new developments by re-using heat that is currently being wasted. This initiative will reduce carbon emissions by 80-90% compared to using conventional gas boilers in each household.

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, supply and look after residential and commercial customers.

Adriana Rodriguez Cobas, Regional Director, London and South UK, said: "We're very proud to have been appointed by Cory Riverside Energy to capture the waste heat from their plant. 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.”

Individual developments would connect to the East London Heat Network as they are built. The entire project is estimated to be able to supply the equivalent of 75,000 homes, although Vattenfall say it would link up to residential, commercial, retail, and industrial buildings. 

Andy Pike, Director of Strategic Infrastructure Development at Cory Riverside Energy, said: "We are pleased to be working with Vattenfall on our heat network. Their skills and expertise will help us provide local homes and business with a clean, renewable and reliable source of heat."