London to use wasted heat from the underground network to warm homes!
Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, but it sure as hell can be used over and over again! The Islington Council, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, UK Power Networks and Transport for London has joined hands to reuse and recycle waste energy to power homes in London. The project will harvest waste heat energy from the London Underground and an electrical substation for use in homes! To be run through the Islington Council Bunhill Heat and Power heat network, the project will use heat expelled from a a London Underground ventilation shaft and the other from a sub-station owned and operated by UK Power Networks.
This idea will be put to play for the first time in Europe and will also lend a hand in reducing the city’s carbon emissions by a whopping 60%! Besides cutting short the electricity bills of quite a few residents, the project will also bring down the strain on the energy grid. Quoting Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor’s senior advisor on environment and energy, “By supporting locally sourced energy and heat networks which can reduce bills and lower carbon emissions, we can not only save money but also drive innovation, jobs and growth in this burgeoning sector.”