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Waste heat from the London Underground to heat Islington home

A new deal announced today will capture waste heat from London Underground tunnels and an electrical substation to help warm homes and cut energy bills.

The project is a partnership between Islington Council, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, UK Power Networks and Transport for London.

The scheme will be run through Islington Council Bunhill Heat and Power heat network, which supplies more than 700 homes in Islington with greener heating and is set to reduce the costs of heating for local people.

Under the new project the network will be expanded to capture and utilise two local sources of waste heat, one from a London Underground ventilation shaft and the other from a sub-station owned and operated by UK Power Networks.

The expansion will also see at least a further 500 homes connected to Islington’s heat network.

London Underground generates large amounts of heat, which will be captured from a nearby Northern Line vent and piped into the heat network which warms local homes.

This demonstration project has been funded by £2.7m from Islington Council who own and run the network, and £1m from the European Union, along with backing from the mayor, UK Power Networks and Transport for London / London Underground.

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