Feb 2013
Electricity Distribution
Bankside Heat Transfer
Feb 2013
UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
Heat Pumps
Substation transformers generate heat, particularly during peak loads. This heat is normally lost to the environment, often through energy intensive forced cooling. The upgraded substation at Bankside, adjacent to the Tate Modern, has used transformers with water cooled heat exchangers.

It is proposed that the waste heat from the transformers will be used by the Tate Modern to assist with their space heating. This will benefit the Tate by providing low carbon heat. The benefits for UKPN are that less energy will need to be expended within cooler fans at the substation, and lower maintenance and replacement cost will be incurred. The overall carbon footprint of the site and assets will be reduced.

The project will explore novel oil to water heat exchangers and a novel low carbon heating arrangement which will utilse otherwised wasted, heat energy.