Its low carbon energy arm, Peel Energy, will deliver low carbon hot water for the use of space heating and hot water provision within the buildings at the £5bn development. Tony McDonough reports
Property giant Peel is to install a Danish-style district heat network servicing residential and business occupiers at its £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme.
The company’s low carbon energy arm, Peel Energy, will deliver low carbon hot water for the use of space heating and hot water provision within the buildings, operating the network through an energy services company called Mersey Heat.
Mersey Heat will be responsible for system design, construction of the generation plant and operation of the network, providing low-cost, low-carbon reliable heat to the building owners and occupiers.
It is similar to a system widely used in Denmark. Many Danes shivered during the 1970s oil crisis when homes and factories were deprived of fuel. The country vowed to reduce its dependancy on oil and developed a network of neighbourhood heating systems.
New and existing developments at Liverpool Waters will enjoy the benefits of a low cost, reliable heating and hot water for the buildings by connecting to the network, which will also have long-term cost benefits for occupiers.
Muir Miller, managing director of Peel Energy, which also developed the wind turbines at Port of Liverpool said; “Our colleagues and their development partners are producing a first-rate product at Liverpool Waters and it deserves a 21st century heating system to match.
“We believe that Mersey Heat can make a significant positive impact on the low carbon credentials of the project and provide cost benefits to developers and occupiers as well. We are very excited at the prospect of deploying the first phase of the network and seeing how far it can grow.”
This will be Peel’s second district heat project after the successful installation at MediaCityUK in Salford which has been in operation since 2009.
Peel’s development director for Liverpool Waters, Darran Lawless, added: “The fact we can offer low cost, low carbon heat to a development on this scale is a fantastic step forward in us delivering a sustainable community where people can live, work and play.”