By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Battersea Power Station – the latest developer in England to announce that it will be looking into installing a water source heat pump – has appointed Perth-based utility SSE appointed to carry out a full heat pump feasibility study at the iconic south London landmark.
Scottish & Southern Energy will also investigate the re-use of existing engineering infrastructure that was built 80 years ago to connect Battersea power station to the River Thames when it was generating power.
If a heat pump is installed at Battersea, it would be one of the energy sources used to provide heat to around 4000 new homes, shops, offices and public amenities being provided at the power station.
Phillip Gullett, Chief Operating Officer, Battersea Power Station, said: “We are looking at a range of options to deliver the energy required for the homes, shops, restaurants and leisure facilities being created here at Battersea
“Being based on the banks of the River Thames in central London we are ideally placed to investigate what role water source technology may play in supplying our energy needs and we are delighted that SSE will be undertaking a feasibility study to establish the options available to us.”
Nathan Sanders, Managing Director, SSE Enterprise Utilities, said: “We are very excited to be working on the redevelopment of such an iconic London landmark, and, in turn, the regeneration of Battersea area. This study of the potential use of heat pumps is an important part of the multiple utility design work we are doing at Battersea, including site-wide heating and cooling networks.”
Water source heat pumps operate by taking heat from the water and feeding it into local heat networks or single buildings, providing a low-carbon source of renewable heat to local areas.
Ed Davey MP, UK Energy Minister, said: “We need to make the most of the vast amount of clean, renewable heat that lays dormant and unused in our rivers, lakes and seas. Doing this will help contribute to an energy mix that maximises clean, reliable home-grown resources rather than relying on foreign fossil fuels.
“By installing a water source heat pump, people can help eliminate the need for gas-fired domestic heating and a typical household could slash its carbon footprint by up to 50%. Up to one million households in England could benefit in this way.
“It also provides a system that bolsters growth in our local economies, protects the natural environment, and creates resilient communities that are capable of producing sustainable power systems.
“This is exactly why we’re giving local people, developers and councils the keys they need to unlock the enormous potential of our waterways.”