The energy centres have been designed to work using combined heat and power (CHP) engines, which generate electricity and produce hot water. The hot water is distributed throughout the Park by a network of pipes providing heat to venues, commercial buildings and residential properties.
Chilled water is also produced by passing the hot water through an absorption chiller. This is then distributed by pipes to provide air-conditioning in some of the Park’s buildings.
This is more efficient, and produces fewer carbon emissions, than taking power from the national grid (where the heat generated by power stations is typically lost to the air) or each building generating their own heat and cooling by having an individual boiler or air-conditioning unit. This will provide homes on the Park with affordable heat.
Developments around the Park are also able to connect their buildings to the network provided by these centres and benefit from this efficient energy.