London’s first EfW district heating scheme on the way

Heat produced from burning waste could soon be used to heat homes in the Southwark area of London under plans for the first district heating scheme of its kind in the UK capital.

Southwark council has published detailed proposals to capture heat which is normally released into the environment from the South East London Combined Heat and Power Plant (SELCHP) in Deptford. This would be piped directly to the boiler houses that serve 3000 homes across seven estates in the borough.

While many similar schemes are currently in operation in continental Europe, there are only a handful of district heating schemes in the UK which use heat from an incinerator, such as those in operation in Sheffield and Nottingham.

If approved, the Southwark scheme will be the first in London.

Opened in 1994, the SELCHP plant produces both heat and power but up until now the heat has not been utilised. Southwark expects to use around 25-30% of the heat, with the potential to grow the scheme and use more in future.

Southwark is negotiating the district heating scheme with its waste contractor Veolia, with which it signed a à‚£665 million PFI deal in February 20

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