Vital Energi awarded £16.9m for innovative heat network plan 

After it was recently announced that Vital Energi is one of the four cutting-edge projects to receive funds from the Government’s Heat Networks Investment Project, the team has now provided more information about the scope of their project. 

Vital Energi shares plans for £16.9m innovative heat network plan.

The UK is set for another major heat network after a new Bedfordshire-based project received £16.9m in funding from the Government’s Heat Networks Investment Project. 

Vital Energi will deliver the new project which will take waste heat from the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility and distribute this to nearby homes and commercial buildings. 

Non-fuel fossil dependent  

Nick Gosling, chief strategy officer for Vital Energi, said: “Energy from Waste (EfW) plants produce huge amounts of excess heat each year and harnessing this resource is one of the core ways we can make real, practical progress in meeting our carbon reduction targets.   

‘We are delighted to be working alongside Rookery South Limited and plant operator, Covanta Energy Europe, to harness and distribute the heat that their new EfW plant produces.  The heat network project will provide reliable, non-fossil fuel dependent low carbon heat for homes plus a range of commercial customers, and will form an important long-life infrastructure asset for the area.” 

Located at a former brick clay extraction pit near Stewartby, The Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility will provide a sustainable alternative to the landfill as well as contribute to a more resilient, greener grid.   

These projects will transform how households and businesses keep their properties warm 

Vital Energi will construct the infrastructure, which includes heat recovery equipment plus a resilience energy centre which will take heat from the Energy Recovery Facility and convert it into useable low-temperature hot water.  This hot water is then distributed through a below-ground, thermally efficient district heating network. 

Minister for business and energy Lord Callanan said: “These projects will transform how tens of thousands of households and businesses keep their properties warm. 

“By investing in cutting-edge low-carbon heating technologies we are helping to secure a lasting move away from using fossil fuels and protecting consumers from the costs that are driving up energy bills at a time of high global prices.”