Hospital warms Camden householders

The Royal Free Hospital in London is to heat 1,500 homes in Camden with surplus heat generated from its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) network.

A new energy centre will be built to capture the surplus energy from the heating plant at the Royal Free and recycle it to estates in the area.

The hospital will provide around half of the heat for the homes, with the rest coming from the energy centre. The centre will also act as a backup for the hospital if heating and hot water supplies are interrupted.

Camden Council estimates that 2,800 tonnes of carbon will be saved annually through the project and says that residents will benefit from lower cost energy.

The Council is now looking at using other low carbon technologies, such as heat pumps and solar thermal to power buildings in the area.

Camden Council deputy leader and cabinet member for sustainability Councillor Angela Mason, said: “I am delighted to support this exciting project which will help with Camden’s borough-wide target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020.

“All our research shows that using combined heat and power is one of the most effective ways to reduce carbon emissions in Camden.”

The project is due to start at the end of the year.

Alison Brown

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