UK Power Networks
UKPN Innovation Team
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Innovation Funding Incentive
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.