Supplying low carbon energy

Decentralised Energy in Camden

Decentralised Energy networks have been identified as a principal method for Camden meeting its 27% by 2017 and 40% by 2020 carbon reduction targets. For more information on what decentralised energy is, and how it works, please see our short film below which focuses on our Somers Town Energy scheme.

Decentralised Energy Priority Areas in Camden


This map displays the several decentralised energy clusters that we have identified in Camden:
•    Five existing clusters (see areas marked in grey)
•    Six potential sites identified for the future (see areas marked in red).

These have been identified as part of a Heat Mapping Study completed in 2015.


Existing cluster areas

Euston (Somers Town Energy): A Decentralised Energy network is currently in construction in Somers Town to supply heat to 339 homes (across four estates). The Francis Crick Institute has helped fund the scheme through a section 106 agreement and will buy electricity from the Combined Heat and Power unit that will be installed in 2016. For more information, please see our short film below.

Gospel Oak: A network in Gospel Oak is already providing approximately 50% of the heat and electricity required for 1,449 homes across six estates. This scheme uses waste heat from the Royal Free Hospital’s CHP to heat these homes. As a result of this scheme, 2,800 tonnes of CO2 will be saved per year.

Gower Street: Operated by University College London (UCL), this scheme (the Gower Street Heat & Power Decentralised Energy network) serves the main UCL Bloomsbury Campus as well as a number of University College London Hospital (UCLH) buildings.

Bloomsbury: The Bloomsbury Heat and Power Network is owned by a consortium of Bloomsbury universities and provides electricity and heat from two combined heat and power engines to  a number of  college buildings including Birkbeck and SOAS. 

King’s Cross: Argent has built a network in King’s Cross as part of their site-wide regeneration works. The energy centre for the site has been operating since 2012 and currently contains two combined heat and power engines with a third planned for future installation.

For more information on decentralised energy in Camden please contact greencamden@camden.gov.uk.

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