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HS2 looks to contribute to district heating systems

19 March 2019

Engineers working on the HS2 "super-hub" at Old Oak Common in north west London have stated that they can recover the heat from high-speed trains to feed into a local district heating system.

There is a proposal to use five air-source heat pumps that use the warm air from the railway's tunnels and generate heat for the district heating system.

The alternative is to use traditional ventilation systems that would see the waste heat directed into the ground around the tunnels, says HS2.

Although it is proposed that the district heating system would be used by 500 new homes, there are many other examples where facilities of all types take heating and hot water from these systems, providing opportunities for FMs to reduce their carbon footprint.

HS2 believes its proposal could pay for itself within four years, in addition to reducing the carbon emissions of those who use the district heating system.

Old Oak Common is said to be the only location on the first HS2 section between London and the West Midlands suitable for heat recovery, although more opportunities may emerge as the project extends to Leeds and Manchester.

The super-hub is expected to see 250,000 passengers a day using the new HS2 facility, which is expected to support the UK's largest regeneration project and bring up to 65,000 jobs and thousands of new homes to the area.

In addition, the project is continuing to see a range of new facilities constructed and refurbished to support the rail network and provide more opportunities for FMs employed to manage these.

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