UK-based Vital Energi has designed and installed a temporary energy centre for Barking Riverside London, one of the largest brownfield regeneration projects in Europe.
L&Q and the Greater London Authority will construct 10,800 homes of various sizes, 65,000m² of commercial space, a new train station and seven schools on the 443-acre former power station site.
Vital Energi will provide the energy solutions for the project, of which the temporary energy centre is one of the first.
The temporary energy centre, which will generate 4MW of heating capacity, has been built off-site in Birmingham and delivered in two parts. This is one of the largest prefabrication projects Vital Energi has taken up.
Prefabricated in approximately 12 weeks, the energy centre comprises four 1MW condensing boilers, sensorless variable speed pumps, side stream filter, degasser units and water softener.
It has been designed to facilitate installation of an extra 1MW of power as the project progresses. It will serve the first 1,263 homes until the main energy centre becomes operational in 2021.
Equipment in the temporary energy centre can be re-used in the main energy centre or in future projects.
Vital Energi has also designed the district heating network, which can connect 10,800 homes, making it the largest heat network in the UK.
The weather compensated district heating scheme is expected to bring additional energy savings due to its ability to control the flow temperatures of the water dependent on the seasons.
A heat interface unit has been designed for the project to operate with changing temperatures, ensuring an efficient network.
Vital Energi regional director for the south Rob Callaghan said: “This is a major project not just for Vital but for the Borough of Barking and Dagenham and we are immensely pleased to be a part of it.
“We have designed a modular energy solution to cater specifically for the development’s implementation schedule, with new buildings being connected as and when they are constructed.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2032.
Image: The temporary energy centre being installed at Barking Riverside London regeneration site. Photo: Courtesy of Vital Energi Ltd.