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Case study: How surplus energy from data centres can heat thousands of UK homes

By District Energy posted 11-15-2023 10:59


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Earlier this month, the Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) announced the winners of its latest funding round, which included a new project by Old Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC).

The public regeneration body received £36 million of the allocated £65 million to support its project which aims to use surplus energy from data centres to heat over 10,000 homes alongside 250,000m2 of commercial space in the London Boroughs of Ealing, Brent and Hammersmith and Fulham.

According to Lunts the technology consists of a heat exchange plate that is fitted into the data centre, that then ferries the heat into a pipe network that works similarly to a district heating system – a “large part” of the £36 million GHNF funding will be allocated towards building this pipe network, including digging trenches and putting pipes in the ground, Lunts added.

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