22:15 - 29th January 2012
Londons' first Energy from Waste Scheme moves a step closer
Home and businesses in the Southwark area of London could soon be keeping warm with heat produced from burning the city’s waste, under plans for the first EfW district heating scheme of its type in the capital.
Detailed proposals have been published by Southwark Council which show how they plan to capture heat produced by the South East London Combined Heat and Power Plant (SELCHP) in Deptford and pipe this heat to the boiler houses which serve over 3000 homes in the borough.
There are many examples of similar schemes in Europe but only a handful of the district heating schemes in the UK use heat produced by an incinerator. Sheffield and Nottingham boast a couple of these examples, but if approved this scheme will be the first of its kind in London.
The SELCHP plant has been operational since 1994 and produces both heat and power on site, although until now the heat has been released into the environment. Southwark expects to be able to use about 30% of the heat initially, with the potential to expand the scheme to use more in future. The district heating scheme is under negotiation with the council’s waste contractor and UKDEA member Veolia.