Last week, the King’s Cross Energy Centre was switched on by Councillor Phil Jones, who leads on sustainability issues for Camden Council.
Other guests, including London Assembly Member Murad Qureshi, came to King’s Cross to see for themselves how the system works.
The Energy Centre is the powerhouse that drives our approach to sustainability at King’s Cross. It uses huge gas powered Jenbacher engines to generate electricity, with the excess heat from this process captured, rather than being wasted. The heat and electricity is then fed to all of the buildings on the King’s Cross site, through a network of cables and pipes. This makes the King’s Cross district heating network one of the biggest in the country.
The result is that none of the flats or buildings at King’s Cross require boilers as 100% of their heating needs are met from the Energy Centre. Furthermore, only 20% of their electricity comes from the national grid, with the Energy Centre meeting most of this power need too.
This low carbon supply of power and energy, combined with cleverly designed and energy efficient buildings helps to make King’s Cross one of the most sustainable developments in the UK. Not only is this fantastic for the environment, but if you live in an apartment at King’s Cross or own a business here, your energy bills will be cheaper too.
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