Boosting sustainable energy for the Elephant Community
With climate change and air pollution rarely out of the headlines, and populations in cities continue to rise, so does the demand for sustainable energy.
In Elephant Park, the Energy Hub is open for business, underlining the development’s ambition to be carbon neutral.
The purpose-built BREEAM Excellent – the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for projects – building on Heygate Street and Rodney Road has a state-of-the-art combined heat and power (CHP) plant inside, that will be operated by energy provider E.ON
The CHP plant uses natural gas, with a biomethane offset to supply low-carbon heating and hot water to the development’s 3,000 new homes, as well as multiple businesses, community areas and leisure spaces.
The Energy Centre has the capacity to deliver low-carbon energy to many more additional homes across Elephant and Castle.
CHP (sometimes known as cogeneration) is a more efficient use of fuel than conventional power sources, as it reuses the large quantities of excess and otherwise wasted heat, recovering this thermal energy for heating. By using this technique, the total energy conversion efficiency could reach 90 per cent.
Combining this with sustainable fuels such as biomethane and domestic energy-saving measures, community heating schemes can provide affordable heating that has a minimal carbon footprint. CHP is a key technology in the Government’s drive away from centralised power generation towards distributed energy generation.
As well as supplying green energy to Elephant Park, the hub will hopefully eventually become a focal point for the community, with an integrated early years nursery, café and a children’s playground – known as the pocket park, acting as a spill out for both – as well as a hireable space for residents to book for events and celebrations.
At the heart of Elephant Park is the ambition to make the development the greenest new place to live in central London, and to make the area one of the most sustainable urban locations in the world.
To read more about sustainability around Elephant Park, check out these links:
- Five fast sustainable facts
- Think global, act local – recycle
- Tree experts help to create green heart